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Yeatman,
did you get your results yet?
I didn't even try to answer your question regarding the measurment.
I'm pretty sure they were commenting on the "size" of the mass itself.

I'm sure you're busy with the aftermath of all the stuff that is going on in your life right now. I'm hope you're ok and that the mass is not a malignancy.

Bearcubs,
don't be nervous about the prep or the colonoscopy, but I can understand your worries if you've never had one before. everyone has different experiences, and I'd say it depends on the doctor and how he wants the prep done. I worked in an office for gastro doctors and two of the dr's ordered their preps different.
for instance, one dr wouldnt' allow anything by mouth in the morning of the colonscopy even if the test was to be performed later in the afternoon.
where as, the other dr. WOULD allow liquids, like a cup of BLACK coffee, or juice, but only before 6am. nothing afterward.
the day before your exam is when you're supposed to stop eating any foods that solid. you can have jello, but not red jello, you can have icepops, but no red icepops, you can have gatorade, juices, icetea, clear broth soup with absolutely no particles of food in it.
depending on the time of your exam the next day, you're supposed to drink or take the laxative two times. either once at night, then the 2nd dose in the morning of the exam. or two bottles at night and nothing to drink the next morning. It all depends on the doctor and it depends on the time of your exam.
I do recommend that even days before the prep to try and not eat anything too heavy for your stomach to get it ready for a cleansing period. try to avoid meats and greasy fried foods, etc.
Only because of the constant running to the bathroom because it will irritate your bottom area. I read somewhere that a person suggested we rub a little ointment like vaseline to help protect that sensitive area so it doesn't become burnt from the acids when we're cleansing.
it makes you go to the bathroom multiple times. just when you think you're done running to the bathroom every five minutes, you have to go again!
towards one point of the cleansing, it will be literally like water coming out of you. this is why they suggest you try to eat light foods and nothing heavy so that the cleansing is smoother on your system.
I wish I had read that article before I had my prep and exam 3 yrs ago.
the woman who wrote the article did it very well and suggested good things.

You also have to stop taking certain medications before the exam, unless it's blood pressure med's or heart medication and or diabetic.
no asprin allowed, only tylenol for pain. NO blood thinning agents.

then the day of the exam, you will feel a little weak and your blood pressure will be alittle low because of dehydration from the cleansing. sometimes the laxative's that are taken are high in sodium which cause you to become even more dehydrated. they used to tell the patient to take two small bottles of fleet phospho soda, but I JUST found out last week that they don't use it anymore due to the fact it caused renal failure in some people, because when you take this solution, you're advised to drink copious amounts of water because of the sodium content and some people weren't doing it. which in turn caused renal failure. I was shocked.
because in the past doctors used to use these huge bottles of golitely, or how ever you spell it,, but when i was working, they switched it to an easier laxative, something smaller in quantity where a person could at least tolerate the taste and amount without making you gag trying to get the next glass down.
the soda solution was only approx. 3 tablespoons the most mixed into a glass of either water or juice. Now I'm told to take "mirilax" which I'm used to using in the past anyway for my chronic constipation problem, plus I was given a couple pills that are a laxative to take for my prep. I was also given the same instructions I told you about in the above paragraphs.

It's really not bad at all, and if I were to chose out of the two, either the "prep" or the "colonoscopy", I'd say the colonoscopy is the lesser of the two.

as I stated before, each doctor is different. My dr I worked for kept the patient awake, yes, he kept me awake during the procedure, which was only uncomfortable at a point when he was going around a certain point in my bowels, it made me panic and I made him give me more pain medicine.
he called me a baby when we got back to the office and said i was his only patient who needed more medication. I was mad at him for teasing me like that. LOL but he meant every word of it. he took pride in himself for having to use such a low dose of medication on his patients.
then when I had to have the next colonoscopy, i had his associate give me the exam and he was much better. he put me out totally. what a difference.

some patients are afraid to go under so they're the ones that get to stay awake during the procedure but they're made very comfortable. it does not hurt at all.
even when they do a biopsy, you can't feel it.
I got to see on the screen what it looked like inside my intestines. It was very interesting. the bowels look very shiny and squeaky clean. I didn't expect it to look like that inside at all.

I had a polyp which wound up being the less dangerous polyp. there are different ones. some more aggressive than others which means the patient would have to have more frequent exams. I have to have them every 3 yrs.

also, I found out that if a person uses laxatives a lot, it can discolor the inside walls of the intestines. it pigments it like a dark brownish color,which is called "melanosis coli". Early studies suggested that anthranoid laxatives might have carcinogenic activities, but have since changed that theory.
they used to think this condition (melanosis) was an increased risk to colon cancer due to cellular changes.
I had it through out my intestines, but never abused laxatives.
I used a solution once that consisted of a bottle of pills that was purchased in a health food store that said it was all natural. Hummmh..... I began to wonder if this stuff was safe anymore?
so I stopped using it.
I hope i was able to relieve some of your worries about the prep and the exam itself. You can either have it performed in the dr's office or at an ambulatory surgical unit, (same day surgery unit). you have to stay there alittle while till the medication wears off and then you can leave. BUT, you MUST have someone take you home. they will not under any conditions let you go home on your own. Our dr wouldn't even permit the patient to have a cab take them home. they're very strict about that.
they don't let you go to work that day. you can go the next day. you will feel weak, well I did anyway. because of the dietary regimine and then having the diahrea ontop of that.
oh, they also hook you up to an i.v. drip of saline to make sure you're well hydrated before your exam.
I'll stop writing now, I PROMISE.

good luck on your upcoming exam and hope it all goes well for you.

I hope to hear back from you after you have yours to let us know how it went.
I'm also hoping to hear back from Yeatman.

sincerely,
Linda





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