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Hello. I am 30 years old, and I have a strong history of colon cancer in my family. My doctor says i need to have a colonoscopy, but I am scared that he will find something bad in there. The worry keeps me up at night, even though i don't really have any symptoms. What symptoms have you all experienced? What should i be looking for? Is the colonoscopy going to be scary? My doctor says I will be put into a type of medicated sleep for it. Does that mean it will not be painful? Thanks for your advice.

Sincerely yours,

Helen
Welcome to the boards, Helen! :) Please go ahead and have the colonoscopy! It's not going to hurt, as you will be pumped with probably a Demerol/Versed combination, and you won't care a bit! Since you have a family history of colon cancer, it is imperative that you get checked, before you start to have symptoms. I'll bet everything will come out just fine, and you'll have much-needed peace of mind. Girl, I'm 30 too, and I did it 2 years ago. I was so scared, and it wasn't bad AT ALL. Just go ahead and do it. You'll be so glad you did. I mean, if there is something to find (which I seriously doubt at your age), then wouldn't you rather them get it early, so it can be gotten rid of?? As you know, early detection is the key, and you have nothing to lose by doing the test. However, if you don't do the test, you could be putting your life at risk. I sometimes have that, "if I don't get it tested, it's not there" thing going on in my head. :) Having the colonoscopy is the best thing you could do for yourself. I'm here for you!! Go do it...it won't be bad. I promise I'd tell you if it were awful, lol! I'm a baby when it comes to that kind of stuff. Let me know when you get your good results!!
Prayin' for you!
Helen,

I also am 30 and I will be having my (I think 4th if I remember right) colonoscopy Feb. 8th. At 28, I went in for a colonoscopy and they found benign tumors which lead to a right hemi colectomy. After I recovered and everything is sorted out, I now have a colonoscopy once a year. The worst part of the colonoscopy is the prep (as I am sure you have heard). I am doing the 32 pill pack this time with one bottle of magnesium citrate. The pills don't worry me, but my experience in the past is the liquid flushes are hard on my body. So the citrate makes me cringe looking at the bottle. I will still do it mind you next week. They always put me in what they refer to as twilight sleep. Last year, I believe it was a dose of valium, phenegren, and versed if I remember correctly. I was looney even after I woke up, and after all the surgeries I have had, thats saying alot. So no, you won't feel a thing. Here are a few things I do recommend you buy before hand:

1. The prep pack that your doctor prescribed (duh of course.)

2. Lots of gingerale, or flavored water, or 7 up/ Sprite. You will need alot of fluids rushing through you in order for the prep to work fully and fast.

3. Lots and Lots of flushable wipes. I personally get the Preparation H wipes for reasons I am sure you can guess. I have had two kids and the prep flares me up good. Using these helps alot to soothe and you can even fold one up and lay it on the area and keep it there to help ease the irritation.

4. Tylenol !! I get headaches bad from the prep. Mostly I think from the non-disolvable salts that they contain. I have migraines so I keep tylenol and my migraine meds handy for this day.

5. Movies...lots of them. You will need something to keep your mind off the food and the usually gloomy day you will have while doing the prep. One night I even stayed up all night till it was time to go to the hospital playing Grand Theft Auto :P Yes I swear I am an adult :X

6. Do not, I repeat, Do not....do this and try to manage kids! Finally, after so many preps I have learned my lesson. My husband is going to take off next Thursday so I don't attempt to torture myself with this task. Previous years, have been bad or he has had to come home anyway. So save yourself the time.

7. Broths, jello, whatever makes you happy that isn't red or could resemble the color of blood. My form this year has purple and blue marked off as well. I personally like the green jello and usually stay away from the broths because they contain more salt. And that just further irritates my stomach. I am also diabetic so I will keep some apple juice on hand to up my blood sugar if it gets too low. Though, I do not believe it will.

8. Last, but not least, make sure your bed has fresh sheets and things on them. I know this isn't in your doctor's write up, but you may very well spend alot of time there laying around and there is nothing better than having clean sheets when you feel awful.

I hope this helps. And don't be afraid. If I had not accidentally had that first colonscopy so many years ago, I would most likely be fighting cancer at this moment. Go get it done, have one bad day of having to stay close to the bathroom and feel like you have the stomach flu and then get some really great (did I mention wonderful) drugs the next day and take a great nap. If you are like me I woke up and talked about Aliens to my mother ..or so she says.
Cancer runs in my family, too. I had my first colonoscopy 5 years ago. Theydid find polyps, so now I have to have another one in 2 weeks. You will be sedated for the proceedure, and not to worry, you won't remember anything, nor will you feel anything. The night befores preparation is the worst part. Your colon has to be completely clean in order for the test to be successful. If polyps are found, they will be tested. It is wise to get it done and stay on top of this. If you need to be retested, then they will call you or send a letter when the time is near again. There are plenty of websites out there where you can investigate the proceedure. My husband just had his first and he said it was a piece of cake. Good luck to you.

Pat





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