Colonoscopy

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  1. Irishdave

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    How common is a Colonoscopy for a young person (under 30)?
    My son is getting one tomorrow
    AND he wont tell me why
    I hope he is not embarrassed about it
    Heck I had one but I was over 50
    It just worries me
     
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    I have had 2 friends under 30 get a colonoscopy.

    Both were for digestive issues (irritable bowel type stuff).
     
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    Yes, I was going to say irritable bowel issues. Hopefully it is nothing serious. I have to say, my parents wouldn't know if I were having one!
     
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    well I live with my son and Daughter in law
    Ya see he always asks me about my Dr Appointments
     
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    My friend just had to get one too..under 30....I wonder if it has to do with today's eating habits?

    You asked him and he refused to answer or he just didnt mention it?
     
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    Both
     
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    Hmmm...we'll hopefully its nothing, good thoughts for both of yoU!
     
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    Thank you
     
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    It's probably just for digestion issues, or the doc wants to make sure everything's working alright. Isn't anything major.

    I've had cameras in a few orifices, but not that one (yet). Hopefully I don't have to for a while :p
     
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    Did they say "Say CHEESE"
     
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    Don't worry-I'm sure it's nothing serious. I had abdominal pain that they did one for (in my mid-30's) to see if it was Crohn's-which it wasn't. People can have diverticulitis or something really common like that-just irritating to them. The test itself wasn't bad but the preparation for it was horrible. You have to take all this medication to clean your system out. Next time I'd ask if they could knock me out for that part as well! ;)

    It's probably just embarassing for him. My mom had to drive me and I really didn't to go into details with her either.
     
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    I agree with the others; it's most likely for some digestive issue and your son is probably embarrassed by the procedure itself.

    There are several different conditions in the digestive issue category: Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome (when a more precise diagnosis can't be made).

    ALL of these can be treated with medication and diet. Crohn's and colitis can become life-threatening, but only if left untreated and/or undiagnosed, allowing the disease to progress. With proper treatment, both of these conditions can be controlled fairly easily.

    I had my first colonoscopy at the age of 20 and was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. I've had several scopes since then and multiple surgeries as well. But a lot of that was my own fault because I didn't treat the disease as properly as I should have for the first several years and would let it flare out of control (youthful ignorance).

    Most of the doc's I saw over the years agreed I had one of the more aggressive cases of Crohn's among their patients, but I still lived a relatively normal life.

    Surgeries eventually led to complete removal of the colon, but the good news is my last doc feels I was mis-diagnosed and had colitis rather than Crohn's. The two conditions are almost identical, except colitis ONLY occurs in the colon. Crohn's can occur anywhere in the digestive tract (including the mouth and throat :eek: ). I've had no symptoms at all since the removal, so it looks like he was right. :thumb:

    Scopes for those under 30 are not really "routine", but it also doesn't have to be bad news either. The doctor is being cautious and thorough.
     
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    Thank all of you for the info, concern and up lifting remarks. :)
    I guess I still feel like I did when I carried a 4 year old into the ER with a broken leg
     
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    (gently)

    Of course you do, Dad.
     
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    Good luck for your son.. Hopefully it is nothing and just a check up and its not IBS or anything else.

    If you want to lighten up the mood you can tell him that the doctor called and they found his head?? ;)
     
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    Nah, they were more like "Lets stick the IV in...."

    *snores*
     
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    I got one last year, and I'm 27. I've had stomach/digestive problems since I was in high school...so it was quite a while before they did something about it. But I think it's because I got so used to my stomach feeling bad that I almost became accustomed to it. A younger girl I know who had similar problems as me had it done as well, they found some polyps in there, which I think are little bumps, but nothing life threatening. He should be fine, and they'll give him some cool pictures to take home and show you! ;)
     
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    Well I was able to call his mother and she told me that it was nothing to worry about and she was surprised that he hadn't told me
     
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    At least the give you IV's now. My first few scopes were done without the benefit of any anesthesia! :eek:hmy: (which is the main reason I would never admit when I was "flaring up" and needed to go see the doc). :unsure:
     
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    I had one last year - I was 29. Stress was wrecking havoc on my body and the doctor wanted to make sure that was the cause of my problems and nothing else.
     
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    Well it stung quite a bit when they stuck in a regular sized needle instead of the butterfly needle (which fits into my veins)

    :p
     
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    Yikes! No anesthesia!! I couldn't imagine.
     
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    Well He finally told me "what for" it was for minor stuff
    I told him "next time tell me so I don't worry after all am your dad"

    Thank all of you for the info, concern and positive remarks. :)
     
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    Oh, Dave, I'm so glad.
     
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    I'm very glad it was nothing serious. That's great news!
     

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