WHAT IS A COLONOSCOPY REALLY LIKE?

No one ever wants to talk about it. The mere uttering of the word causes cringing, often accompanied by nervous giggling.  Yes, we are going to discuss: colonoscopy.

According to the American Cancer Society:

“Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is: about 1 in 22 (4.49%) for men and 1 in 24 (4.15%) for women.”

Those statistics don’t sound like something to get terribly upset about, do they?   But if you have a disease that puts you at risk for colon cancer, they become dramatically more meaningful.  One of those diseases is ulcerative colitis – and for those on long-term Remicade treatment, the risk is even higher.

That’s why my primary physician and my GI specialist both recently urged me to undergo a repeat colonoscopy. It was my fourth colonoscopy, which I believe makes me a bit of an expert on what to expect.

Tomorrow, I will begin boring you with my most recent colonoscopy experience.   I will publish that story in two parts – the first dealing with the infamous prep prior to the test, and the second covering the test itself and the recovery afterwards.

I apologize to those readers who are a little squeamish – I am not going to sugar-coat anything. The two-part post will be a bit long, but I do promise that there will be a fair amount of humor which you won’t want to miss.

If you are facing a colonoscopy, or have already had one, or are just curious about what’s involved, please join me starting tomorrow for: “Are we having fun yet?

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I love to hear from my readers. You may comment on this post, comment on my Facebook or Twitter pages, or email me at cordeliasmom2012@yahoo.com

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20 Responses to WHAT IS A COLONOSCOPY REALLY LIKE?

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Yea! toilet humour. I have had three colonoscopy and two sigmoidoscopy ..Na! Na,! You can’t frighten me !! kidding aside a very sensible and serious subject.💜💜💜

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  2. anstalmi says:

    What a coincidence, I have my next one scheduled next month. My dr. tells me that the drink this time tastes good. He said he has tried it. I wonder. It has to be better than the two gallons of *!!* I had to drink 5 years ago. The test itself is nothing, it is the prep as you can attest to. In fact, I always like the nap I get.

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  3. theadultlab says:

    Good for you for talking about this!

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  4. Looking forward to your cOloNOscopy posts, CM. (n˘v˘•)¬

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  5. Thinking of you and will tune in.

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  6. Pingback: WHAT IS A COLONOSCOPY REALLY LIKE? — The Infamous Prep | Cordelia's Mom, Still

  7. Jane says:

    I think it is important information and you are acting as a advocate and advisor for those who need the support and help. Wait until you see what I am writing about advocating for,

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  8. You are so right…colonoscopies save lives!! Hubs had a routine one (his 3rd) about 8 months ago, and it caught the very early beginnings of colon cancer – only a few cells in polyp. He had the area around the polyp cut out and the margins were clear. He’s very, very fortunate!!

    I’m headed to my 4th next year because I too have UC, but a very mild case. I wrote a post back in 2014 (pre UC) about colonoscopies that I went back and read a few minutes ago. It’s pretty funny in an AGMA sort of way. You and Hub’s experience has inspired me to repost in a week or so to help raise awareness of the importance of having regular colonoscopies…. Stay tuned!

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  9. Karen J says:

    Thanks for this series, CM!
    I have my *first ever* scheduled for next week – and am reading your followup posts now!
    Blessings! Karen J

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