January 2013 TTC

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from kargiver. Show kargiver's posts

    Re: January 2013 TTC

    Yes, the pg board needs to be replenished for sure - quite a few ladies over there are in the home stretch! :)

    Best wishes to everyone!!

     
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    Good luck KMMZ!  This has been the longest 2ww ever for me, and it's only been 5 days!  :)  

    WPP, glad the HSG went ok.  Good luck this month!  

     
  3. You have chosen to ignore posts from WhirledPeasPlease. Show WhirledPeasPlease's posts

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    Yeah, we definitely need to replenish the pregnancy boards!

    The femara has been working better than the clomid and we got the go-ahead to trigger tonight and then time everything. I'd go in for a blood on Feb. 14, which I think is good because we'll either celebrate that night by drinking water at the restaurant or just having some alcohol and enjoying a night out. 

     
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    So this is a little OT, but I saw a GI specialist today (PCP referred me after I told her about some digestive issues) and they want me to do a colonoscopy. I'm 27. Is this weird? DH is freaking out, says that they don't usually recommend it for people under 50 because it can do more harm than good and it's basically a type of surgery. Has anyone ever had one? Apparently they anesthetize you and you're out of commission for the rest of a day--someone picks you up, they put you in a wheel chair, etc. 

    They know I'm doing fertility treatments and said that if I get pregnant I should reschedule cancel it and they'll do it second tri when it's safer (and I thought, "Oh hellllll no I'm not doing this crazy invasive test while pregnant). It's scheduled for early March right now. 

     
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    I have friends and relatives who have had colonoscopies - they were all over 50. However, they drove themselves to and from. They certainly were not out of commission for the rest of the day. I would get very specific info from your doctor regarding what it entails and what will be required [ie, someone to drive you to and from]. 

     
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    My friend had it done as her dr recommended (over 50), so she went along with it to get the day off from work.

    She had it done under conscious sedation so she had to be NPO (nothing by mouth after midnight the night before)  someone had to pick her up and drive her home.

    She has no memory of the event.

    She took it easy the rest of the day.

    I don't think the procedure took more than an hour or two.

    I always say no thank you when they offer me one!

    I agree ask your dr why it's necessary to have this done now?   Can it wait?

    Best of luck

     PS: The wheelchair is probably just to get you safely to the car with your escort, standard protocol if you've been sedated.

    Oh, I almost forgot, the Golightly prep.

     

     
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    WPP- I have a colonoscopy scheduled for next week. I'm under 50 (41) and my PCP and GI both recomended it due to prolonged #2 issues (I won't get graphic). Since it is not recomended for folks under 50, my insurance will not pay for it. I decided to pay for it myself b/c I've had issues for so long and there is family history of colon problems. For me, the risks are worth the answers I hope to receive. The facility I'm going to will not perform the procedure unless there is someone physically there to drive me home and this does not include taxis. So yes, I expect to be a little groggy for the day. My brother had one when he was in his late 20's and I picked him up after. He was awake but groggy. Not in pain, but uncomfortable.

     
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    wpp - i haven't had a colonoscopy but i've had an endoscopy (camera in the stomach) and the hospital made a mountain out of what turned out to be a molehill with the whole thing. i  def. wasn't out of commission for the whole day, even though they insist that you get a ride to/from the procedure.  agree w/ above, there's a little grogginess for an hour or so after and that's it.  the best part is they give you some drug that makes you totally forget it even happened.  GL.  and GL with the trigger and 2/14 blood draw!

     
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    I don't think it's particularly odd to have one yonger than 50 given they are looking for the cause of a particular problem.  The over 50 recommendation is regular cancer screening, not a diagnostic test for digestive issues.  I'd ask what are the possible diagnostic benefits are and go from there.  Best!

     
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    I used to work in the pediatric endoscopy/colonoscopy unit in what feels like another lifetime. Anyhow, it's typically performed under sedation.  The procedure does not last very long (20 mins on average?).  You shouldn't have any issues afterwards except maybe grogginess.  I don't know if it's defined as surgery or not. There's no cutting of course and no major after care required.  The wheelchair/pick up would be due to the fact that you were just under general anesthesia.

    If you are having GI problems it's certainly a good procedure to see what is going on.  I'm not sure how it would do more harm than good? I mean there are risks as with any procedure but it's just a camera looking up there and perhaps a couple biopsies taken. The biopsies are small little pieces of the colon about half the size of a pencil eraser- if they are even taking them.

    I hope this helps! GL!

     
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    I have had many colonoscopies for my Crohn's disease (i am 41 now, but had my first at 17).  The procedure itself is really a "piece of cake."  The preparation the night before, well, let's just say that it is not fun and don't plan on getting much sleep.

    My last one was in December and I was put completely out for it - but was awake and fine for the day within an hour of the procedure.

     
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    WPP, I'll echo what everyone else is saying. I'm under 30 and have had 2 endoscopies and 1 colonoscopy to diagnose GI issues. The prep for the colonoscopy is no fun at all but the actual procedure isn't bad and I felt fine after mine although I did have to have someone drive me there and pick me up because that was hospital policy.

     
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    WPP...I had both a colonoscopy and endoscopy at age 25.  I had lost about 25 lbs without trying (and I'm quite petite to begin with, so I was at a scary weight) and was having all sorts of stomach issues.  To be safe, they wanted to make sure I didn't have an underlying disease or ulcer etc.

    So, though the "prep" isn't all that fun for the colonoscopy (it's really just kind of gross though I would go so far as to say you feel like a million bucks once it's all "over and out"), the recovery was a walk in the park (tips: just eat and stay hydrated afterwards).  Yes, I was wheeled out (protocol) and was driven home, but I was up for the remainder of the day, made myself lunch and even was able to do some work from home.  By that evening it was like nothing happened.  I'd even go so far to say the endoscopy recovery was slightly worse (maybe more anesthesia?) but neither is particularly bad especially if you hydrate afterwards to get the anesthesia out.  

    Turns out, I'm lactose intolerant (ha..thanks doctor for performing those fun tests - as that test I think is similar to a GD test) but it was nice to know I didn't have any of the major issues they look for with a colonoscopy like Crohn's disease, Celiac disease, diverticulitis, etc, especially since some of those run in my family.

    So IMO, it's nothing to be worried about at all.  Also, I do not think it's considered a surgery as they are really only taking a peek in there, maybe a tiny sample similar to a pap, and if there are polyps they may remove those, but that's really it.  I actually think it's considered a diagnostic procedure with general anesthesia in medical terms.

    Hope that was somewhat helpful!

     
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    Thanks for all the info, everyone. My doc said they'd sedate me for the whole thing and DH would have to pick me up. Whether insurance covers is a major factor for me so I'll check into that first. The prep seems pretty involved; they gave me a packet with a list of what to do 5 days prior, then 3, 2, 1....

    I think before the procedure I'm going to cut out gluten for a couple weeks and see if that does anything. The test for celiac came back negative, which I figured, but I'm wondering if I have a sensitivity rather than a severe allergy.

    GI problems seem quite common, no?

     
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    Definitely have them check you for lactose intolerance if they haven't already!  It's a drink, and then they test your blood for 3 hours following (there is also a breath test but it's not as accurate - so if you haven't had the blood test done, definitely check it out).  

    As for the prep, yeah, it's annoying - don't eat leafy greens 5 days before, then it's easy to digest foods, then nothing red, then clear stuff while on the liquid diet, then the drink...blah blah blah blah blah.... It's all to make sure there is nothing in your colon, or as my mom would put it - to make it "squeaky clean".  You certainly feel empty after though!  

    Being sedated is the easiest part, they tell you to either count backwards from 10, I think the furthest I've ever made it was 8! When you wake up, it feels like a minute ago you were wheeled in.  Again, just hydrate and eat afterwards!

    GI problems are everywhere and can be triggered by SO many things!  It must be extremely hard to be a gastroenterologist sometimes.... Good luck!!!

     

     
  16. You have chosen to ignore posts from kargiver. Show kargiver's posts

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    My aunt is a chiropractor and nutritionist and attributes the marked increase in digestive problems she sees in her practice mostly to GMO food - it's essentially not quite as edible albeit pest and bruise resistant. And, it's less edible to some of us than others.

     
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    A positive guaiac test could cause a dr to order a GI workup including a colonoscopy regardless of age,  a positive guaiac can be caused by hemorrhoids, certain vitamins (vit C is one)  sometimes cause a false positive result.

    However, they need to rule out more serious issues first.

    PS: Youtube has a video of Katie Couric's colonoscopy (2-3 min clip) I didn't post a link because some of the comments are nasty.

     

     
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