Getting colonoscopy in 2 weeks

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Getting this test in 2 weeks  I m so nervous I just got done the endoscopy yesterday my ocd anxiety are so high right now my stomach hurt from all the anxiety when I m going to stressful cituation like this one my anxiety get bad sad some many things going on sad what will I experience with colonoscopy I m only 24 years old girl but the doctor recommended me that test too with endoscopy which I already got it done yesterday just nervous about what they might find with colonoscopy sad

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    Dear Ana,

    It is completely natural to be anxious, so don’t get anxious about getting anxious. But try, if you can, to reduce the stress a bit. Stress makes the digestive system malfunction and doesn’t help if you are already having problems. We all get anxious so you can’t stop it altogether of course.

    We all found our first colonoscopy stressful and I had mine twenty years ago and it has much improved since then, even though I had got (unnecessarily) worried about it even then!

    Take it in stages and try to think about each stage separately. First is the clear out the day before. It’s like a tummy bug without all the aches and fever. It’s not the way any of us would choose to spend a day but it’s more of a boring nuisance than anything. Follow the instructions as exactly as you can and keep drinking water because you dehydrate. I recommend some loo wet wipes and some Vaseline to prevent any soreness. It will end in time for your test (not always the case in the old days as I well remember) so no need to panic. The more closely you follow the instructions the better the view will be.

    Stage 2 - the test. Actually, most people are surprised to find this is NOT the worst bit. You have the option of a sedative and sometimes you don’t even remember much. The colon is shaped like the letter ‘n’ and the colonoscope goes up the right hand side first, goes across and then down the left side. The vast majority of people have no pain but many people (me included) find the bit at the first turn not painful but a bit pushy/pully. After it goes across the discomfort usually ends. It goes in quite quickly and then they withdraw more slowly to look at everything. This is the direction of travel your gut expects (obvious, if you think about it) so this is usually completely pain and discomfort free. But, if you are one of the very small minority that does find it painful (can sometimes be the shape of the gut) then tell them straight away. But, as I say, it is very unlikely. You can eat afterwards as normal but you might feel a bit empty and gassy for a few days because you ARE empty and a bit gassy. They’ll tell you what to look out for. 

    Stage 3 is the result stage. Often they tell you there and then. Sometimes they take a bit longer for analysis. I don’t know why they want you to have the test but you very strongly have age on your side and so it’s most likely not to be anything nasty - like inflammation. When I was your age, I had terrible digestive symptoms and they didn’t have good tests then. It was irritable bowel syndrome, corrected by a few diet changes (cutting down wheat, cutting out broad beans, baked beans). But I know how distressing it can be. It had quite an effect on my life in my 20s and I thought it couldn’t be nothing because the pain was bad and it was happening all the time. I wish they had the tests then that they have now.

    So, the whole thing about the test is far far worse in your thoughts that it will be in reality. Try not to draw yourself in on the day because that closes things. Imagine you are on the loo instead (sorry!). 

    Very best wishes and remember if you are worried nearer the time about any aspect there are lots of great people on this site who will help you out because we have all had this test (sometimes quite a few times).

    David 

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      Thank you so much for the advice I will not to worry I think I have the irritable bowl symptoms but I don’t know yet I m just so scared of having cancer even though no one in my family never have nothing wrong just blood pressure that it but maybe my anxiety make me think like that so scared of having cancer one day I will do yoga and try to stay positive hopefully is nothing serious I already have  enough with chronic sinus and allergies non allergies rithinitis I m only 24 all this coming at once God help me thank you so much smile
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      Cancer would be v. v. unlikely at your age but there are other things like inflammation which they do need to treat if they are there. The good thing about the bowel is that cancers there are polyps that generally start normal and then go wrong often after many years.  At your age you are very unlikely even to have a polyp at all let alone one turning nasty, and they can zap polyps very often during the colonoscopy even if they are there - don’t worry, it’s painless! But it’s much more likely to be something like IBS. But worth getting the reassurance. Reading your post made me remember how annoying IBS can be. I wouldn’t even sit in the middle of a cinema or theatre in case I had to get out so I had to sit near the exit and the stomach cramps could be vile. It was so daft that it was all a few foods doing it. So no more baked beans for me, which is a shame because I liked them. Good luck with everything and don’t get too miserable! The body is a funny thing. What is trouble when you are young often changes or just goes. I never thought the IBS would go. In fact, I was sure it wasn’t IBS and was something worse (you see we all do it!) and now it seems like another life.

      Best wishes,

      David.

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      Thank you so much this make me calm yes I think terrible negative my mind need to think positive  thanks for the information it help me a lot  i will be scared if the find polyp  where they come from how they form? How the doctor treat the irritable bowl ? I eat a lot beans rolleyes I don’t know if that’s good or no since I don’t know what’s going on over there I have all the symptoms of irritable bowl why it happen why the bowl get irritable  
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    Hey Ana.

    I’m like you in the fact that I have been diagnosed with Anxiety, and the build up to the two colonoscopies I’ve had were very stressful and worrying, and I’m a complete wuss when it comes to hospital procedures. I needn’t have been worried, they aren’t that bad really, the worst bit by far, that a lot of people say, is the bowel preparation. It’s tough going, around 12 - 14 hours stuck on the toilet passing water frequently certainly took it out of me, it’s tiring, draining, unpleasant and can make you feel quite groggy. Everyone’s experience of this is different, some breeze through it, others find it tough going, but as long as you have some wet wipes to hand, a cream or petroleum jelly to apply as your bottom can get sore and a good book or a tablet to hand, you’ll be fine. The colonoscopy itself is a blessed relief after going through the prep, partly because you know you are near the end of the whole ordeal, and partly because it really isn’t that bad, especially if you opt for sedation and pain relief, which you will need a cannula inserted for. It still can hurt but I found this was due to the air they pump inside of you to inflate your colon allowing them to see everything clearer. My advice here is not to be afraid to pass wind, it will ease the pain. A lot of people don’t remember the procedure at all, I however was aware of everything, and ended up watching the whole procedure on the screen like I was watching my favourite film, I found it very interesting. The doctor will check your rectum, colon and terminal ileum, and may take biopsies, none of which you really notice, and within about 20 minutes it’s all over and time to recover. About half an hour later the doctor goes through your procedure and any findings and then you are free to go home. Just make sure you don’t drive and there is someone close for the next 24 hours if you have sedation.

    I know it’s easy to say but really do try to not worry and let your anxieties get worse, it is normal to feel anxious about what seems to be a quite unpleasant procedure, which it can be, but you will get through it and I’m sure you’ll be thinking the same a lot of us have thought afterwards that it wasn’t actually as bad as we imagined.

    Take care and all the best.

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      What is the bowl preparation the doctor never told me about it is that done the same day ? I will no worry sand stay calm  wink I really appreciate it you taking your time to give me this advice thank you so much 
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      The bowel preparation is a combination of starting a low residue diet a few days before the procedure, along with a strong laxative a day or two before the procedure, depending on which laxative preparation you are given, you then aren't allowed to eat anything for a number of hours before your colonoscopy. You have to ensure you drink plenty of water as the bowel preparation is effectively washing out your colon to allow the doctor to be able to see your colon clearly. It is important you follow the instructions clearly as you don't want to mess up the bowel preparation as this could lead to the colonoscopy not being performed properly, and you will have to go through it all again.

      As an example, my last colonoscopy involved me going on a low residue diet for 2 days prior to my procedure. A day before my procedure I was able to eat up until midday, but from that point on, no more foods. At 2pm that day I had to take my fist bowel prep laxative, which was Picolax, which is mixed with water and drunk in one, wise to make it up an hour of so before you drink it as it gets hot, this gives you a chance to cool it in the fridge for a bit. The next Picolax I had to take at 7pm, by this time I was having pretty violent, watery bowel movements. It did ease off by about midnight - 1am and I was able to get some sleep. This was my preparation for a 10:00am colonoscopy, obviously the times you take you bowel prep will depend on what time your colonoscopy is and what bowel prep laxative you are given. As I said, just be prepared to be close to a toilet at all times, have wet wipes and petroleum jelly to hand to clean up and soothe your bottom, and a book or tablet handy as you will be spending a lot of time sat on the toilet. By the end of it you should be passing almost water.

      Anything else you want to know, don't hesitate to ask.

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      Wow my doctor didn’t told me nothing about this just gave me a appointment in 2 weeks I m mad now how can they no tell me this my appointment is for 10 in the morning I will call the office today because all they told me was go in 2 weeks for colonoscopy nothing about bowl preparation 
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      I just called and they said sorry they got me confused but on July 10 I m going to find out the  result of the endoscopy no for the colonoscopy but when I go that day they will make appointment for colonoscopy after finding the out the results for the endoscopy first  thank you so much for the information 
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      No problem, and at least you've got a bit of time to prepare for the colonoscopy, if they feel you still need one. Just remember, no matter how bad the colonoscopy feels and how anxious you are, the benefits of having one can be extremely useful, and implications are very rare.

      All the best for the future.

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      Yes I got time yes I will get it done no matter what  I got a lot things done before on top of my anxiety I rather face my fears than live wondering what’s wrong with my body I want to get it done to know what wrong and get treatment  hopefully nothing cancer though my anxiety keep bringing that word to my mind no one in my family suffer from cancer before but that one of my major fear 
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      I had the same fears as you with regards to Cancer, and it was such a relief to have my endoscopy and colonoscopies to rule this out. I also had a 5-HIAA urine test done which is used to search for signs of cancerous tumors, and this came back clear as well.

      All the best and I hope everything goes well for you for the future.

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      I can’t wait to get my result for endoscopy and get the colonoscopy done hopefully everything come back clear thank you so much for the help
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      Thank you for such a positive and informative post. I am having one in a few weeks time and made the mistake of reading some best described as very negative and at the worst frightening to the point I was almost going to cancel. You have helped me enormously and I am extemely grateful. I think a lot of posters should really stop and think before posting. It's one thing to make people aware but quite another to render them terrified. You have gone a long way to help address that balance. Thank you again . I am so grateful.

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