WarriorSpouse wrote:Get it done and it will resolve all of your questions and concerns. The best way to move forward is to know what is going inside your colon. You will be able to survive the screening, it is a minor inconvenience. "Get er' done" and good luck.
DarknessEmbraced wrote:Congratulations on scheduling your appointment! *hugs* The prep is the worst part. They give you medication before the colonoscopy where you're not aware what's going on and you don't feel pain. They pump you full of air during the colonoscopy so you will be gassy afterward and may have cramping. I have cramping for a day or so afterward. I also get diarrhea which resolves itself. Good luck, you can do this!
Lee wrote:Glad you are getting that colonoscopy. That will give you a true diagnoses, anything else is just a speculation. Try to avoid Dr. Google, sometime the information is out of date or just plan wrong.
Your symptoms can be caused by many things, cancer is just one possibility. For what it is worth, many years ago, my mother ended up in the hospital, rectal bleeding and serious stomach pain. A colonoscopy was done, no cancer, not even a polyp, just a bad case of diverticulosis. Me I had no symptoms, no pain, just bleeding hemorrhoids. Every test that should have been a red flag for colon cancer came back negative or normal. My PCP figured my hemorrhoids were my excuse for getting my baseline colonoscopy early in life. My signature line tells the story.
Good friend of mine, her daughter was scoped at 25 for issues she was having. Can't remember the diagnoses, butt it was not cancer. Again that scope gave her a true diagnoses, not a speculation.
So between now and your scope, try not to worry. If you have questions, or just want to vent, bring it here. We really do get what you are going through.
Good luck, keep us posted.
SleeplessinFlorida wrote: . . . The problem is I keep Googling and keep finding cases of people in my age range who have colon cancer and that's what's scaring me. Smh.
Lotus wrote:Try to stay busy and divert your mind. Stay away from google for sure. Treat worry, fear and anxiety like the enemy....stay far away. When anxious thoughts arise, I say STOP IT! And immediately turn my thoughts to gratitude for anything that is good in my life. I try to remember that any type of negativity is only going to worsen my health so I try to stay in the mindset of gratitude.
Lee wrote:SleeplessinFlorida wrote: . . . The problem is I keep Googling and keep finding cases of people in my age range who have colon cancer and that's what's scaring me. Smh.
Generally it is rare for people your age to get colon cancer. Yes it can happen butt it tends to be very rare. Generally when it does happen, it's because there is a history of this type of cancer in the family. This was over 20 years ago, I knew of a women who was diagnosed in her mid 20's. Come to find out, she had a grandfather and an uncle die from colon cancer. No one told the family it was hereditary, guess the family never really talked about it either. Because of her, her kids were getting colonoscopies starting at age 10. When she was diagnosed, she was a stage IV. She is very much alive today.
So unless it runs in your family, try not to worry. Butt do get that scope, any time there is bleeding, a colonoscopy should be done.
TerryC wrote:Glad you're getting the colonoscopy. We're all rooting for an all clear for you. Once it is "all clear", you may want to look into a plant based diet. It could help with the poop-issue.
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