1. Good for you for providing this important public health post. I got my first colonoscopy at age 51, and the doctor found a pre-cancerous polyp in me too. I remember, the doctor told me that it probably would have turned into cancer in five years. Which means by now I’d probably be dead. Instead, now, 3 colonoscopies later, I’m still walking around … and still annoying people.

  2. I was not warned, and truthfully I should have known better, but it is SO CRITICAL to stay hydrated into the night after the prep. I didn’t. I was following the instructions to the letter which said nothing about drinking fluids in addition to the prep solution. At around midnight I woke up hyperventilating, my blood pressure fell and I collapsed. At 12:48 a.m. the EMTs were in my bedroom ready to cart me off to the hospital with severe dehydration. Did I go? Hell no, not after getting that far. I just pounded water and things leveled off quickly. But this potentially VERY serious situation is easy to prevent.

    If you’ve been putting this off as I did, you’re depriving yourself of the musical words you’re most likely to hear: “You’re fine, nothing to worry about”.

  3. J. Moen

    I had the same experience. It was really frightening! I didn’t have the colonoscopy, not for a couple of weeks after that. I made it through the prep drinking a lot 2-3 days before the prep and procedure. Putting this procedure off (due to other medical problems) was a horrible mistake for me. I was 56 and was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer! I had surgery right away and I am a little over half way through chemo. I can tell you that a colonoscopy is nothing compared to the discomfort of colon cancer!!!Get your colonoscopy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (at 50 years old) I do have a family history (grandmother) of colon cancer, but was not aware of it until my mother heard the diagnosis and said “oh grandma had that”. Know your history if you can!!!

  4. OH NO!!! I am so sorry to hear about your troubles! That is why I keep bringing up such an IMPORTANT SUBJECT for those in their early 50s.
    My husband also had family history, but it was impossible to ignore, because his Mom died of it at age 53. He had his first colonoscopy at age 45, and did find polyps.
    I just do not see why everyone does not get their first screening. It is fully paid for by most insurances if it is a seen as a screening procedure…

  5. My mother’s colon cancer wasn’t caught early enough. They thought they got it all in surgery and chemo, but it mestastized to her liver, and after trying so hard for three years, with different diagnoses, doctors, surgeries, we lost her last year. At age 66, when she hadn’t had an ill day or hospital stay before in her life. Please, think of your family. Get a colonoscopy. This is the easiest of all cancers to catch before symptoms happen. Thank you for sharing this vital information. I had my first colonoscopy two years ago and actually I really liked the light feeling after the prep – kind of like a cleanse! 😉 Now I don’t need another one for five years – I am all clear. I hope your readers get their colonoscopies done too, and hear those fantastic words.

  6. I heard all the horror stories of colonoscopies and have to admit I was REALLY nervous when I turned 50 and was approaching my appointment. I was especially worried because I don’t “drink” well. Knowing I had to down all those ounces of a thick, icky taking fluid was causing a lot of anxiety. I called the hospital and told them about my non-drinking issues and they were helpful in giving me directions for another way to prepare for the procedure without drinking all that stuff. It worked. I relaxed. The procedure was a piece of cake compared to my pre-op worries. And now I can add to it peace of mind knowing conclusively that my colon is clean. Hallelujah.

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