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Hello I am posting on behalf of my husband age 70 who is due to have both procedures done in 2 weeks time as his recent blood tests show he has low iron. A little background he has type 2 Diabetes asthma/copd diagnosed 2015. He is on metformin and gliclazide for the Diabetes fenasteride for enlarged prostate simvastastin for cholesterol and 3 inhalers symbicort Tiotropium and salbutamol. He had been taking ibuprofen for many years although usually only one 400 tablet a day for arthritis and ocassionally a full dose if the pain flared up. Hi gp has taken him of these and also omeprazole given at the same time as the ibuprofen to protect the stomach so obviously he does not need them and you are not really supposed to stay on them long term. He is considering not having the tests done in particular he is concerned about his Diabetes and whether to take tablets or not it will be an afternnon appointment so from 1pm the day before and until 5pm he can only have clear liquids and nothing until the following evening What would he take if he felt hypo although meformin don't cause this the gliclazide does sometimes. He is also concerned about having the camera down his throat as he coughs a lot on a daily basis and has to do exercises to bring up mucus. He has always been the sort of person who gags easily.
I can understand his concerns and why he does not want the tests done although being an anxiety sufferer I am perhaps not the best person to advise him as I always see the worse outcome even with my own health problems. Is there anyone out there who has had this test done for low iron problem and what was the result. Are there any other tests he could have done first occult stool test scans etc or repeat blood tests. Sorry this is long but I said I would try to get some more information from other patients. On the leaflet there is no advice about Diabetics other than to see your Diabetic nurse well he does not have one of them just a yearly check with the surgery nurse and having moved last year the surgery is still pretty new to us. Either way of course I will support him. You do hear such scare stories about these procedure and although I tend to try and ignore them even friends of mine have had awful experiences of these tests. Thank you in advance if you can offer any advice.
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