is a colonoscopy really necessary when you had a segmioscopy

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I have had acid reflux and nausea/vomitting for the past 3 years with extremely acuute and aggravated symptomds in the past year and half.

I am now feeling sick everyday and would probably vomit without motilium.

I have had 2 endoscopies and one flexible segmioscopy in the past year and a half but it is all clear.

had an MRI done privately, she only found a residual stool in the R bowel but said it is quite common and nothing to worry about. Still that specialist wants me to undergo a colonoscopy. IEven though I am sick I wonder if it is absolutely necessary? it is a difficult procedure, exhausting and expensive. I would like to avoid putting myself through that again!

what would be your advice?

many thanks

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  • Posted

    I've had every camera and scan known to man I feel with similar problems but mine caused diohrea

    Was told it was sever obs after everything showed normal , this went on for 6-7 years

    Then a consultant sent me for a sehcat scan

    Involved swallowing a radioactive tablet, having a X-ray done then going back a week later for a X-ray and it showed how well or what problems there had been

    Mine showed that the tablet hadn't been absorbed hardly meaning my body doesn't break down bile salts.

    I'm now on colestramine sachets that do the job instead and it's changed my life!

    • Posted

      Hi Mandiemo,

      thanks! she said the sehcat scan was the next step after the colonoscopy.. Maybe I should just jump directly to that..

      what is sever obs?

  • Posted

    A sigmoidoscopy examines only part of the bowel whereas a colonoscopy views the whole of the colon.  However, if you are worried about the colonoscopy, ask for CT colonoscopy instead which is less invasive.  This is the option I would choose because I have a very low pain threshold but I have bad reactions to sedation.  I can't cope with general anaesthesia or twilight sedation which is used in endoscopies.

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      Hi pippa,

      thanks! if it's less invasive is it less effective in finding out things? I will only go ahead if it's efficient, I just feel like they won't find anything there and I will have to carry on with all the other tests..

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      CT scans are very reliable.  Some people choose this method because they cannot cope with the colonoscopy.  Don't worry if nothing is found; that is good news! It means one more possibility has been ruled out and therefore you will have one less thing to worry about.  If all your tests are negative, IBS can be diagnosed.

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