Still having same issues

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I've been having left sided stomach issues for the past 1 1/2 years. 4 blood occult test all positive. Colonoscopy done last October. The docs came in and said there was an issue and we needed to have talk about the results. Well i noticed that the name on the first page of my paperwork wasn't mine but the pictures were. So i said as much to the nurse. She advised that they made a mistake and said my results were okay and i wasn't due for another colonoscopy until i was 50. Well i'm still having the same exact issues and looking at my pictures of my colon i'm not sure they look exactly normal. Anybody else frustrated the way the GI specialist do things?! Any advice? Plus i'm 34 y/o and they said i have no history of issues so i don't have to worry

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    Don’t take it from a nurse. I would absolutely insist they follow it up to give a definitive answer. The fact of your age and previous history makes it unlikely statistically that it is anything serious but not impossible. It’s your life and if the answer is the nurse was right then great but there is no point in taking chances. 
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      I think the only reason i haven't followed up is because i was told they are the best GI docs in the state. So taking that info into consideration, i've been hesitant to question them. Since i'm obviously not qualified on GI info...but i do know my body. I believe something isn't right.

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    I'm not saying the doctors aren't good, and indeed I am sure they are, but from what you said there seemed to be some mix up between the name and the results. I would want that cleared up. From what you say, the doctors said there was an issue they needed to talk to you about but the nurse said they had a made a mistake. It is that I wouldn't be happy about and want to be absolutely clear about. I'm not saying you have anything wrong with you, because statistically you are very young for serious bowel problems and occult blood can be piles or other minor things but I think you need to have clarity from them. You may have IBS or a dietary issue (wheat is often the nuisance). It is sometimes worth getting an upper endoscopy to check it isn't an ulcer (the pain can be felt in odd places) and maybe an MRI/CT scan to check nothing is going wrong elsewhere. You have only had trouble for a year or two and are not someone who has always had trouble there, so it is likely in my view to be something that is causing it, even if  it is probably not serious.

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      We are getting settled in another state, so i think I'm gonna try and get a second opinion. I saw a few pictures on this forum from healthier colonoscopy's and mine are way off of that's what it's supposed to look like. I appreciate your advice.

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      Good luck Monica! I shouldn’t worry about overall look. Colons vary in shape size and everything else. Some healthy people can’t even take the colonoscope because of odd anatomical details. Tumours and polyps growing upwards are usually easy to spot: the flat ones are the ones that can be missed but they look at the film in great detail. If it would be obvious to a non-doctor that something was wrong with your colon, it would definitely be obvious to a doctor, particularly one who is looking at colons all the time. I think you just want to be sure your paperwork and pictures are yours. I have great confidence in doctors’ abilities as doctors; I am less confident of the administration side sometimes. Good luck with your move and while you are waiting, keep a food diary and see if certain foods make it worse. Becaus it is the colon, the culprit meal will normally be 24-36 hours before. I suffered incredible colon pain and symptoms as a young man and ten years later they discovered it was intolerance to wheat (too much wheat) and legumes (particularly beans in any amount). The colon has a rudimentary cellular brain and is very affected by stress too so you can get into a vicious circle. Best of luck! David.
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    I am 51 and ready to get it out of the way the worst part I have say since I had to cancel due to not being cleaned all the way out was the prep of it I went about 15 times non stop to the bathroom it was starting to turn clear and then it had food in there that dumb nurse told me doesn't matter come in anyway and get it and I told her you don't do that you got to be all the way cleaned out so now I am going some where and getting this done so I am ready to get this done and over and I am hoping I have a good experience on this.

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