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Monday, February 18, 2019

Okay, here I am two years later from my last colonoscopy in Feb. 2017. Let me start by saying that I am proud of myself for doing a smart thing to avoid colon cancer. When its all over, there is such a feeling of relief and success for going through it.

HOWEVER, the prep leading up to the procedure was total H _ _ _! I have done this before but for whatever reason this time was the worst and a total nightmare. I just wish there was an easier way to go through the prep. I told my doctor I had heard about just taking a capsule, instead of swallowing the worst tasting liquids on the planet, but he told me that the capsule was not as efficient or effective in the cleansing process. So, I basically starved for two days, swallowed more liquid than I thought my kidneys could handle, felt nauseated and had all kinds of cramps and discomfort, got absolutely no sleep... but hey, I got through it. And, when I woke up from the procedure, I wanted to eat EVERYTHING I could get my hands on.

Please forgive me for my ranting about this... I would not want to discourage anyone from having a colonoscopy. But let's face is no fun at all.
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  • CLO333
    For those first timers, it is a far better experience than suffering the possible consequences of not having one!!! My first was 20+ years ago. Due to family history of Colon Cancer and the discovery of polyps, I was tested every few years.
    374 days ago
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    Hi - I am glad you went through the process. I know the prep work is terrible - I just had my second colonoscopy a few weeks ago and I am glad I did. The doctor found and removed several precancerous polyps. Who knew? Here I am going about my life and these nasty little cells are trying to work up to cancer!!! So, yes the prep is nasty and not fun at all. But...I would much rather experience a couple days of no food, gas, cramps, drink a gallon of odd tasting liquid, and no sleep over colon cancer and everything that can entail. I am OK and am on the short list to have colonoscopies every 5 years now - but can handle that.

    So, please folks - go through the process. There is no pain involved with the actual procedure - just the discomfort of the prep work - but PLEASE clench your teeth and do it.

    You are worth the investment in yourself.

    Keep sparking my fellow health seekers - and anybody who is hesitating, please give that colonoscopy your doctor has ordered some very serious thought. You are so worth it.


    374 days ago
    I was supposed to start getting these five years ago, but still haven't worked up the courage to do it. Don't worry, your blog isn't any worse than what I've heard before, lol. Might do it this year.
    374 days ago
    Kudos on digging in and doing the prep properly, and on being tested! Colonoscopies are not fun at all, but are the best tool we have so far in detecting and removing precancerous polyps, and in catching colon cancer in the most treatable early stages.

    For future reference, you might find it easier to start with a low-residue diet (low fibre, no nuts or seeds or cruciferous veggies, no leafy greens, no whole grains) for 4 to 6 days prior to starting the prep. I load up on nutritious clear liquids (homemade beef and chicken broths, homemade gelatin made with cucumber, lemon, apple, and white cranberry infused water, herbal tissanes such as ginger mint) for a few days prior as well - and usually go full clear liquid a day prior to it being required. Also, check with your doc to see what anti-nausea meds you can take along with the prep (I need Gravol with the entire prep - and get it on board before starting so that I stay ahead of the nausea).

    As one who had colon cancer found at a treatable stage (Stage IIb) during a colonoscopy I can vouch for it being worth the nausea, the lack of sleep, and the horrible prep --- being alive is well worth a few days of minor discomfort.

    374 days ago
    Glad you made it
    374 days ago
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