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#1 summer

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 11:17 PM

I had my first Colonoscopy a few days ago as I have a strong family history of bowel cancer and I had noticed some blood in my stools :unsure:.

Well, the preparation the day before with all that awful stuff you have to drink to clean out your bowels was terrible :blink: . It was like drinking lemon washing up liquid. But I made it through the night without any accidents - the first three hours after drinking the fleet I was running to the toilet every 10 minutes or so.

I arrived at the hospital 45 minutes late for my admission as the traffic was bumper to bumper all the way to the hospital. Within 10 minutes of me arriving they had me changed into a gown, observations all checked and onto a stretcher.

The anaesthetist looked about 22 years old but she was good at finding a small vein in my hand and then I was out of it. I had the best sleep ever :) , If I could of bottled some of that sedative I would of taken some home :P .

I gave the anaesthetist a scare as I was in recovery after the procedure, my blood pressure dropped to 75/30, they checked it twice but it was still the same.
Five minutes later it went up to 100/80 so I was told later.

I got a diagnosis of diverticulitis (mild case) of the left side of the bowel, and a couple of small haemorrhoids. My mother had this as well as bowel cancer and passed away when I was 19 years old - she had a diagnosis, operated on and died within 6 months.

Does anyone else have this? I am to have another colonscopy 3 years time.

Many thanks
Celia

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 01:09 AM

Celia, I have ulcerative colits and Hiatial hernia. I have having colonscopy's done. The drinking stuff for me is the worse part, It makes me sick to my tummy. I hate anything that is lemon lime. But I will drink Lemonade. I'm sorry to hear you have diviticulitis, just make sure you listen to the doctor on what you can eat and what you can't. I too have irrattaion on my left side of my colon. That I have a constant pain ther it never goes away, some day is its ok and other days boy does it hurt. Well take care, Sam
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Posted 25 November 2007 - 02:37 AM

Good morning Celia, I also have Diverticular Disease. I am on medication to control my perticular situation. But in a flare I get on an antibotic right away and this save me from a visit to the hospital. I only have nut on special occasions. I chew them completely. Also popcorn is a no - no. I have to have my popcorn. Or so I think. Instead of twice a week I have it once a week or once every other week. One day if I get bad enough I will give up the popcorn. I grew up knowing popcorn and apples were great for your dental health and now I am learning popcorn isn't very good for the bowels. Most of the time you won't even know you have this problem unless you get a flare. Enjoy life. When and if you can. Sheryl
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Posted 28 November 2007 - 02:56 AM

Hi Ced

I don't have Diverticulitis (I have IBS) but I have had several colonoscopy's (alot of cancer in the family history so they check me whenever I have a problem with my IBS)....my mother has it though....and yes, you really need to be sure you are eating the rights foods (the specialist told my mother, no seeds, nuts, corn, those types of foods for example, which means no tomatoes (full of seeds) or cucumbers (make sure you cut the seeded middle out). If those types of seeded foods get caught in the diverticuli pockets in your bowel, they can lodge in behind the them and pull the little pockets down because they are stuck in there (which is what causes the bowel infections and nasty pain)...hope this helps a little?

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 11:00 PM

Thanks everyone for replying to my post. My doctor never mentioned to me about avoiding certain foods - just to have a repeat Colonoscopy in 3 years time.

Best wishes to you all
Celia