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Offline LotusFish

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Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« on: June 16, 2014, 11:01:58 PM »
This has been an ongoing issue for me since March. In and out of the doctor before I finally got in to see a gastro specialist in May. After rescheduling my colonoscopy appointment THREE times (them the first time, me the other two for personal conflict reasons), I am now considering canceling. Why? I'll try and keep it brief.

Even though my pain started out small in late March in the appendix area, by the end of April, the pain was scattered throughout my abdomen and very uncomfortable. When I finally got in to see the gastro in May (it took me two weeks to get in from the time I scheduled it), all he did was take some blood for three separate tests and schedule a colonoscopy (which was two weeks later from that appointment) but he didn't answer ANY of my questions like what it could possibly be or if my anxiety could cause it. Nothing. He might as well have shrugged.

Time goes by, life continues and my pain has subsided significantly since that appointment. I get a little pain maybe once a week instead of ever singly day, three times a day. All of my blood work came back normal and I haven't been able to get an appointment to see him since then to see if I still need the colonoscopy.

My appointment is a week from Wednesday and today I get a call telling me how much it's going to be... $1000 WITH my insurance. Seriously? I can't afford that! Now I keep battling with myself trying to figure out if $1000 is worth the peace of mind or if I should get a second opinion. Maybe my pain was anxiety related all along?

Is it stupid of me to cancel? Could it really be something serious even though my pain has decreased so much?

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By the way, if it matters, I'm only 31 years old, have a toddler running around and a husband that travels a LOT for work which is why scheduling is such and issue.
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Re: Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2014, 11:04:49 PM »
I would talk to your GP and see what they advise but in my unprofessional opinion I think the colonoscopy would probably find nothing, and you'd have peace of mind but be out  a thousand dollars. 
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Re: Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2014, 11:08:27 PM »
How old are you? Are you white or black (african americans need screening age 45 and caucasions need screening starting at 50). ANy family history colon cancer? Do you have or ever had skin or breast cancer? Have you had a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis? What was the labs that you had done? If you do not fit any of that criteria then you should cancel your colonoscopy, as long as you are not having blood in stool or anemia. Have you ever had a colonoscopy before? What are your symptoms?
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Re: Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2014, 11:14:10 PM »
oh you are 31 and a young mom and your husband travels. Cancel the colon. Are you eating a lot on the go because you are having to constantly run around. Do you just throw your food down real fast becuase you are always running around? If so that's your problem right there. YOu need to sit upright eat slowly, take small bites and don't inhale your food. DOn't lay down for a few hours after eating. DOn't pig out at night (which is a common mom thing... the kids go to sleep, and you sit on the couch and finally have time for yourself and think oh that ice cream looks really good lol). You could try taking some miralax for a week to help get your bowels back on track. Avoid sugar free gum and caffeine. Make sure you eat like 5 small meals per day and eat whole grains enriched with B vitamins.
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Re: Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2014, 11:21:03 PM »
How old are you? Are you white or black (african americans need screening age 45 and caucasions need screening starting at 50). ANy family history colon cancer? Do you have or ever had skin or breast cancer? Have you had a CT scan of abdomen and pelvis? What was the labs that you had done? If you do not fit any of that criteria then you should cancel your colonoscopy, as long as you are not having blood in stool or anemia. Have you ever had a colonoscopy before? What are your symptoms?

I'm 31, white and there's no family history of colon cancer (nor have I had any cancer but get tumors on my breast frequently) BUT my grandfather died of lymphotic cancer and my grandmother has battled skin cancer off and on. No CT scan and the labs they did were Amalase, Metabolic Comprehensive and H Pylori Ab (all normal). I do get the occasional blood in my stool but I do have hemorrhoids that I have had since my pregnancy, however, they have never been examined. My symptom included (but are mostly gone) abdominal pain in the appendix (where is started), gallbladder (came later) and pancreas areas. I weighed 168 before all of this started and now weigh 151. I had loss of appetite and nausea in the beginning (which is part of the reason for weight loss) but like I said, it's all pretty much subsided since I scheduled the colonoscopy.
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Re: Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2014, 11:29:06 PM »
oh you are 31 and a young mom and your husband travels. Cancel the colon. Are you eating a lot on the go because you are having to constantly run around. Do you just throw your food down real fast becuase you are always running around? If so that's your problem right there. YOu need to sit upright eat slowly, take small bites and don't inhale your food. DOn't lay down for a few hours after eating. DOn't pig out at night (which is a common mom thing... the kids go to sleep, and you sit on the couch and finally have time for yourself and think oh that ice cream looks really good lol). You could try taking some miralax for a week to help get your bowels back on track. Avoid sugar free gum and caffeine. Make sure you eat like 5 small meals per day and eat whole grains enriched with B vitamins.

Actually, I have the opposite problem. I work full time and probably don't eat enough.
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Re: Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2014, 06:03:23 AM »
I think you should cancel the colonoscopy. I think you are experiencing an irritated bowel from lifestyle/diet and certain things you can do will make it stop. So the pain near appendix area is right around the area of cecum near where small bowel meets large bowel. That is where fermentation occurs roughly 3 hours after you eat. So whenever you get pain or gas in that area, it is because the flora in that area are fermenting and releasing hydrogen or methane from whatever you ate roughly 3 hours prior. Then the first part of large colon is ascending colon... so it starts near appendix area and then goes upward towards gallbladder area called the ascending part of colon. So i think you are just feeling gas pain from whatever you ate 3 hours prior. Certain foods/substances have substances which create more gas (and more types of sugar mean more food for flora to eat and release more gases). Big triggers for people are foods high in FODMAPs such as onions, garlic, artichokes, cruciferous vegetables that cause even worse gas if not boiled such as broccoli or cauliflower. Another big trigger, products with splenda and xylitol, sugar-free gum.. it;s the type sugar that isn't broken down fully early on in the digestive process so when those type sugars reach the colon/cecum area the normal bacteria that lives in there has a field day and releases all types of gases. Caffeine is diuretic and draws water into colon meaning you will have loose stool and that bothers a lot of people too. Dairy can also bother a lot of people because the older we get the less enzymes our body produces to break down lactose... we only have it as babies to break down mother's milk from nursing and then humans no longer need milk after age 1 so enzyme production ceases and lessens, it's part of nature. If you eat fast you could also be swallowing a lot of air. Also, chew your food good before you swallow, the amylase in your saliva helps to break down food and signals the pancreas to start producing digestive enzymes. IF you eat super fast you are not getting full benefit of your natural digestive enzyme process.
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Re: Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2014, 09:13:07 AM »
How stressed about this pain are you??? Like is it completely over taking your life? Are you in constant panic over it? I only ask because I had a colonoscopy in April at age 26 because of an issue that was on going and it was over taking my life. It was robbing me of my children and husband. I was convinced I had colon cancer. I had periodic blood streaks on my stools off and on for 15 months. I saw the GI who recommend a colonoscopy. It took me months to get the courage to do it but I finally did. It came back a had one tiny polyp and internal hemorrhoids. I was so relieved but my anxiety and hypochondria of course kicked beck in because I to have epigastric pain (gallbladder area) so I'm beck to freaking out again. My point is if the scope will relieve your fears I day go for it. However it will not diagnosis any gallbladder or pancreas issues. I also had an EGD for the upper gastric pain and all was normal.

What is your gallbladder pancreas pain like? It scares the heck out of me when I have it. All of my blood work was also normal in April. I am 27 and have 4 children.   
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Re: Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2014, 10:30:20 AM »
How stressed about this pain are you??? Like is it completely over taking your life? Are you in constant panic over it? I only ask because I had a colonoscopy in April at age 26 because of an issue that was on going and it was over taking my life. It was robbing me of my children and husband. I was convinced I had colon cancer. I had periodic blood streaks on my stools off and on for 15 months. I saw the GI who recommend a colonoscopy. It took me months to get the courage to do it but I finally did. It came back a had one tiny polyp and internal hemorrhoids. I was so relieved but my anxiety and hypochondria of course kicked beck in because I to have epigastric pain (gallbladder area) so I'm beck to freaking out again. My point is if the scope will relieve your fears I day go for it. However it will not diagnosis any gallbladder or pancreas issues. I also had an EGD for the upper gastric pain and all was normal.

What is your gallbladder pancreas pain like? It scares the heck out of me when I have it. All of my blood work was also normal in April. I am 27 and have 4 children.

When it first started, it really felt like it was taking over my life. It effected my time with my daughter and my eating habits which in turn just made me feel worse and worse and it was CONSTANTLY on my mind. Every pain had me in fear of what it could possibly be. Since seeing him, it has died down and I hardly think about it but there's this part of me that wonders if it could still be something in a dormant state. That's why I wonder if I should send my test results and records somewhere for a second opinion. Maybe they will look at it and think something else or at least answer some questions that I can't seem to get answer from my current gastro.

I wish I had a little more time to think about this but I have less than a week and can't get into the doctor before said appointment to see if it's even necessary. I wish they had called me sooner about that price tag but oh well. It is what it is.

As for the pain, it's like a cramping. I can walk, talk and even sleep because it's not severe enough to make my hunch over in pain. But like I said, I haven't felt it in a while and when I do, it's back in my appendix area and only lasts a few minutes. There was only one night over a week ago that it lasted about an hour but I haven't felt anything since. I honestly can't remember the last time I had the pain in the gallbladder or pancreas areas. I wish I had kept a better log of it.

I do have hemorrhoids from my pregnancy and that's kind of the one thing that makes me think I should keep the appointment because I do get the occasional (not even once a week) blood in my stool when I have hard stool. It's a very small amount and didn't start until I had the hemorrhoids.
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Re: Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2014, 11:28:55 AM »
I would have it done, so their is no more need to speculate.
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Re: Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2014, 11:37:12 AM »
Do it for piece of mind. I swear you will return to a normal life after it's done. Well at least I hope you do. I thought I would until other HA issues creeped back in but that's just my nature.
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Re: Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2014, 01:21:55 PM »
no ha person should do medical testing for 'peace of mind'.  it doesn't work.  all a HA person does is either doubt the medical test---find some sort of flaw in the test or the doctor got it wrong--- OR the ha person simply moves onto a new disease fear not covered by the test.  THAT is the nature of this thinking disorder.  It is part of the endless reassurance cycle. 
As Flguy was fond of saying AND he was spot on as always  - LASTING solace will not be found in an MRI tube, will not be found under a CT scan machine, will not be found by a sonogram, will not be found with another EKG, will not be found by giving another vial of blood, etc.   

Any time we try to address our anxious over thinking through reassurance, IMO, it is doomed to fail.

so whether you have the colonoscopy or not is up to you, but don't expect that you will have solved HA long term or maybe even short term.   
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Re: Colonoscopy - Would you cancel?
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2014, 04:35:49 PM »
no ha person should do medical testing for 'peace of mind'.  it doesn't work.  all a HA person does is either doubt the medical test---find some sort of flaw in the test or the doctor got it wrong--- OR the ha person simply moves onto a new disease fear not covered by the test.  THAT is the nature of this thinking disorder.  It is part of the endless reassurance cycle. 
As Flguy was fond of saying AND he was spot on as always  - LASTING solace will not be found in an MRI tube, will not be found under a CT scan machine, will not be found by a sonogram, will not be found with another EKG, will not be found by giving another vial of blood, etc.   

Any time we try to address our anxious over thinking through reassurance, IMO, it is doomed to fail.

so whether you have the colonoscopy or not is up to you, but don't expect that you will have solved HA long term or maybe even short term.

I think that this is why I feel so conflicted. No one can make this decision for me but I have my reasons for going either way.
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