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Colonoscopy?

Methane
Methane

Hi all

I’m wondering how long people are waiting for a colonoscopy? Mine was postponed with no date due to Covid and they did a CT scan which was clear. This does not however see inside the colon. My esr levels are raised so the doctor says I obviously have some sort of inflammation but won’t treat me as he doesn’t want to mask anything. The hospital now don’t see doing the colonoscopy as urgent as I assume they don’t think it’s cancer but I still feel so dreadful, not sure whether to go private? Looking for suggestions.

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I'm supposed to have a letter for one as it was on the books from last year I have to have one every year until thay say stop but I think this year it's special situations only like with everything else and also where you live may also have a impact on this as I have seen people getting this exam done but it seems more in usa than like UK but it might not be the case if you managed to get a Face to Face but getting control of the covid and keeping people save is a priority so doing tests safety is not easy be patient thare just trying to keep you safe

Methane
Methane
in reply to Wintersbite

Hi yes unfortunately Covid has put everything else on hold but they know I really need this colonoscopy. I think hospitals are now starting to open more clinics so hopefully I will hear soon.

Wintersbite
Wintersbite
in reply to Methane

Yes that is true and it's good that you are keeping positive about this all I hope you get your letter soon as it's not nice waiting and wondering and good luck to you

Methane
Methane
in reply to Wintersbite

I am trying to be positive but difficult when the outcome is probably going to be IBD or cancer, just need to know now.

How are you getting on?

Wintersbite
Wintersbite
in reply to Methane

My result was cancer back in 2014&2015 reason for the regular scans but I found it was the not knowing that was the worse when they told me what I had I told them I will beat this and it wouldn't kill me and other than a change in diet it hasn't really been a big deal not like having to live with epilepsy

Methane
Methane
in reply to Wintersbite

Good for you, did they operate and remove it?

Wintersbite
Wintersbite
in reply to Methane

It's all thay can do lol but yes

Methane
Methane
in reply to Wintersbite

I wish you continued good health

I was seen by gp on 8 May 2020 and had the colonoscopy done on 1 June 2020. Had a cancellation appointment. Random colon biopses taken and a small ceacal polyp removed. Quick referral may be due to very rare benign tumour taken from stomach 4 years ago, lost 20% of stomach. Lots of other medical problems and disability. 74 years old, hope this helps. Nurses were saying to each other they have a very large backlog of work.

Nicole_GCCA
Nicole_GCCAAdministrator

Please continue to follow up with the hospital to get on the schedule as soon as possible. Here's a link to Stand Up To Cancer's COVID-19 resources page, standuptocancer.org/covid-1... this may be helpful. Good luck and please keep in touch with the Colon Cancer Connected Community.

Methane
Methane
in reply to Nicole_GCCA

Thank you, the hospital called me on Friday with a date for my colonoscopy of 29 June so not too long now, I have to quarantine for two weeks before and also take Covid test 5 days before,

Nicole_GCCA
Nicole_GCCAAdministrator
in reply to Methane

I'm glad you have a date for the colonscopy. Good luck!

Sp0513
Sp0513
in reply to Methane

Hiya, how was your colonoscopy? Was it painful?

Having similar struggles getting tests done during covid! X

Methane
Methane
in reply to Sp0513

Hi I had one 7 years ago which was painless. This time it was a bit painful but they gave me gas and air which helped. Just a tiny benign polyp found which is good but I feel so Unwell, called ambulance last night. I have recently lost two close family members and had bad car accident, the doctor thinks I have physical depression.

Sp0513
Sp0513
in reply to Methane

It’s good you have clear results and now you can put your mind at rest. Depression really is a bummer, try some relaxation on techniques like Epsom salt baths and listening to positive words x

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