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dreaded colonoscopy
An_256882 posted:
I'm due for one in May and I dread it so much I don't think I will be able to go through with it. This is my 3rd in as many years. They say I have to have it, I've had distressing symptoms, adenoma removed last year, my mom & her mom died of it. But still, every year seems way too excessive. I'm worried that they are looking for something far worse than a polyp and if they find it, I just don't have the means to handle a problem like that. I'm single and my family of origin was dysfunctional and has long since unraveled. I would not last 2 minutes.
I cannot take the liquid prep as it does not work for me and does a poor job of cleaning. I cannot take the pills because of my blood pressure medication, which might cause kidney failure. But this year we will try the pills if I can stop my bp meds a week in advance. I wonder if that's wise, facing a situation I find so distressing. One of my friends had a massive stroke last week. That would be another situation I don't have the means to handle.
I'm having panic attacks, hardly sleep at all, and find myself going what-if every minute. People tell me colonoscopy saved their lives, but I'm saying, it's destroying mine. I have till May 6th to back out and I probably will. If I have to go through this every year for the rest of my life, that's no life at all.
georgiagail responded:
Ask your physician if they can prescribe meds for your panic attacks.

I've had seven colonoscopies and granted, the prep isn't the most fun but I also work in the medical field with cancer patients and this procedure is NOTHING compared to dying from colon cancer. Last year I "donated" a foot of my colon to my local hospital for a stubborn polyp that couldn't be removed via a colonoscopy. Would I agree to have more colon removed versus developing colon cancer? In a skinny minute.

grannytracy responded:
ask about moviprep it is suppose to be tolerated better and I believe there is less of it.
bluelynx replied to grannytracy's response:
I did moviprep last year. It sat in my stomach for 9 hours, doing absolutely nothing. Then it did very little. Then I could not take the 2nd dose because the first one made swallowing it impossible. Supraprep is just as bad. I just can't get the liquid preps to work.

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