Colonoscopy October 5th, Age 30. Freaked out.

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Colonoscopy October 5th, Age 30. Freaked out.

Postby ColonMan317 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:55 am

Hey everyone, just registered to get some input from folks on here. I've had 3 episodes of rectal bleeding over the last few years. The first time was a few years back (can't remember exactly when) and happened when I was pushing so it was chalked up to hemorrhoids and had no other symptoms. The second time it happened was January of this year - no pain, no pushing, just happened. Again, chalked up to hemorrhoids. Last time it happened was two weeks ago and so I went to a GI this time.

They found internal hemorrhoids but, luckily, they want to be safe and do a Colonoscopy. Now, I can't stop freaking out. I'm thinking about every possible other side effect I may have. For instance, my poop lately has not been coming out in a long strand but in multiple pieces. It's easy to pass and I have no pain but it makes me think there is a tumor that is messing things up in there. I know that I won't truly know anything until the Colonoscopy but just wanted to vent. It seems no one I speak to really understands how much I'm freaking out.

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Re: Colonoscopy October 5th, Age 30. Freaked out.

Postby erins » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:47 am

Good for you getting checked out (and kudos to your GI for playing it safe).

I also had several weeks between my GI visit and the colonoscopy, so unfortunately the wait is normal—For the interim I found it helpful to remind myself that getting a colonoscopy was the best and only thing I could do, and that I was ahead of the game for doing it—it IS doing something, it isn’t just ‘waiting around’. Give yourself a pat on the back and keep doing it whenever those nerves show up—for some reason it really helped me to take credit for listening to my body.

Finally, Someone on here said Dr Google is a good mortician but a poor doctor. It’s hard, but try not to self-diagnose online—it only made me anxious.

Keep us updated—we’ll be cheering you on for a clean scope!
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Rectal bleeding for 1 month—>
5/4/18 colonoscopy found mass in sigmoid colon
5/21/18 LAR
stage 2a, 0/17 lymph, clean margins
T3N0M0 G1
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Re: Colonoscopy October 5th, Age 30. Freaked out.

Postby NHMike » Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:43 pm

It's hard not to worry about what it might be but there are a of things that can cause rectal bleeding besides cancer. So one step at a time. I personally know several people that have had this and they had other conditions.
6/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy
7/17: 3B rectal. T3N1bM0. 5.2 4.5 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6, 5 x 5
7/17-9/17: Xeloda radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 9/8: 1.8; 11/30: 0.6; 12/20 1.4; 1/10 1.8; 1/31 2.2; 2/28 2.6; 4/10 2.8; 5/1 2.8; 5/29 3.2; 7/13 4.5; 8/9 2.8
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Re: Colonoscopy October 5th, Age 30. Freaked out.

Postby O Stoma Mia » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:16 pm

O Stoma Mia wrote:Here are some hints on how to get a good colonoscopy:
How to get a good colonoscopy

If you're going to have a colonoscopy done, then it is very important for you to follow your doctor's instructions for colonoscopy prep. If you are not given any written instructions, you can look at a sample set of instructions here:

Colonoscopy prep brochure

Also, be sure to ask for a printed copy of the colonoscopy report that they generate (with photos, if possible). Here is an example of one such report:
Colonoscopy Report

You may also want to read the following journal article to check if they did, in fact, do a good, complete colonoscopy:

Colonoscopy: Quality Indicators

Also, here are some questions to ask about colonoscopies.
Questions about colonoscopies
Colonoscopy - What to Expect
10 Questions You Need to Ask About Colonoscopy
Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy
Colonoscopy preparation guide UnivMich
Frequently Asked Questions about Colonoscopy
Common Colonoscopy Questions... Answered!
Ask About The Quality Of Your Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy Prep Solutions
Remember, the most imortant thing is to have a good prep and a complete clean-out.

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Re: Colonoscopy October 5th, Age 30. Freaked out.

Postby Lee » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:09 pm

ColonMan317 wrote: . . . They found internal hemorrhoids but, luckily, they want to be safe and do a Colonoscopy. . . .

Chances are it is just hemorrhoids, butt it is wise for the colonoscopy to determine that. Anything else is just a speculation. Yes avoid Dr. Google, you can diagnoses yourself with anything with Dr. Google.

Does colon cancer run in your family?

Try not to worry, odds are you are going to be okay.

rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

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Re: Colonoscopy October 5th, Age 30. Freaked out.

Postby benben » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:37 pm

Hey mate, you're on the ball with the scope.
And your doctors are GOOD to double check. It should be standard in my opinion.
Unfortunately I was in your shoes about the same age and my docs took the other method.
3 GI docs in 7 year period told me the rectal bleeding was most likely just roids and fissures.
I blindly followed their expert advice until 44. My PCP didn't even want me to do a scope until
I pressed and blood was found in a stool sample. This time I refused to not be scoped and WHAM stage 3b.

Obviously if you're seeing blood its most likely lower colon - sigmoid to rectum and probably very early on - it may just be some polyps or not even related.

You're golden to be proactive. Don't fret. You're doing all you can.
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4/17/17 ULAR - Straight anastomosis - no ostomy.
Path: low grade T3n1m0 - moderate diff.
KRAS - NO, MLH1/PMS2/MSH6/MSH2 - Normal.
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3rd treat, delayed - low ANC - reduced to 90% OXI
zarxio all treatments
Treatment 7 reduced to 75% OXI
Treatment 8-12 - NO OXI, just Luke and 5FU
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3/18 Scope - Clean
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Re: Colonoscopy October 5th, Age 30. Freaked out.

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:12 am

I'm glad you're getting a colonoscopy and hope it goes well!*hugs*
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17

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