Posted 19 July 2000 - 05:35 PM
If I were you, I'd go to a different doctor and try again. If you do in fact seem to be getting better, I'd sure doubt you'd have cc. But many people here have colonoscopies or sigmoidoscopies as a matter of course. If there's c in your family, that's another good reason to have one.Oh, Geraldine, I will definitely be thinking of you. I feel saddened
, but you sound brave. Thanks for coming forth.Another story: I had quite a change in bowel habits, went to 2 docs (PCP and specialist) and, of course, was told I probably had "just IBS." No blood was found as a result of a simple blood-in-stool screening test. But, I had loose, somewhat thin little stools (almost always) and a fair amount of pain - later, lots of nausea (also weight loss, which I still have). Finally (after many, many months), the doc. gave in and gave me a sigmoid. and was surprised to find a not-tiny pre-c polyp, which he removed. He'd kept telling me that my symptoms simply DID NOT justify giving me a colonscopy or sigmoid (cc also seems to be in my family); I think he was following overly strict HMO guidelines. I'm now scheduling my next colonoscopy; in the back of my mind I wonder if I have c, actually (but I don't dwell on the idea).The key is to catch the c or pre-c early; however, sometimes, I understand, the symptoms can be mistaken for something else -- and not everyone has the blood early on. I don't know how long one can go without c being treated -- depends when the c started. I think, however, that polyps may be rather slow growing (could take up to 3 years?? to develop into c), but sometimes polyps don't give any really significant warning signals. I don't want to scare you, but you asked! Again, you're probably fine -- but not a bad idea to go get your colonoscopy anyway!