Overwhelmed1416 wrote:I've had "tummy troubles" most of my life. Blood, pain, cramping, etc...
I recently changed doctors and he noticed my significant weight loss (70 lbs/year) and started asking questions. This eventually led to a colonoscopy/endoscopy combo to check for Celiac. He found a hiatal hernia and a precancerous polyp which he removed, but no evidence of intestinal damage. I've been diagnosed as having a gluten sensitivity.
My doctor was 100% shocked and even referenced God, as I would have probably died before my young children finished elementary school.
What does this mean for my future? I was honestly in such shock that I couldn't even ask questions.
Will you be meeting with your doctor again soon to discuss the issue of your pre-cancerous polyp? Is the doctor planning more tests to clarify the problem?
You will probably need to have a followup colonoscopy eventually to see if new polyps develop, but the timing of the next colonoscopy would depend on what kind of polyp this was, how large it was, what histological grade it was, where it was located, whether other family members have had polyps, and other factors such as possible genetic mutations.
The article below gives a brief overview of some of the main issues. I hope you can get more clarification the next time you see your doctor. Be sure to take notes and ask lots of questions at your next meeting.Colon Polypshttp://patients.gi.org/topics/colon-polyps/#tabs2