Has it been 5 years already?
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Yes. Yes it has. I have scheduled my 2nd colonoscopy. The first was 5 years go. But this time I will spare you all the play by play. I do have a question, though. I've seen on TV where you can sort of "mail it in", so to speak. Has anyone does this? When I tried to Google it I was greeted with some pretty disgusting "practical joke" web sites. Maybe searching for "shit in a box" was not the best way to get the desired results.

As to the legitimate sites... who wants to work at the facility that is on the other end of the mail? I hope it pays well.
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#2
That's not a colonoscopy. It's a fecal culture.

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(08-05-2018, 05:49 PM)Scrapper Wrote: That's not a colonoscopy. It's a fecal culture.

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From the Mayo Clinic:

"The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a lab test used to check stool samples for hidden (occult) blood. Occult blood in the stool may indicate colon cancer or polyps in the colon or rectum — though not all cancers or polyps bleed."

A colonoscopy will tell much, much more.

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(08-05-2018, 06:08 PM)GCG Wrote:
(08-05-2018, 05:52 PM)Scrapper Wrote:
(08-05-2018, 05:49 PM)Scrapper Wrote: That's not a colonoscopy.  It's a fecal culture.

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From the Mayo Clinic:

"The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a lab test used to check stool samples for hidden (occult) blood. Occult blood in the stool may indicate colon cancer or polyps in the colon or rectum — though not all cancers or polyps bleed."

A colonoscopy will tell much, much more.

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Thanks for the reply. I am scheduled for a full on colonoscopy. But I read somewhere that the "FOBT" could let you know if you are in need of the colonoscopy or not.
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If you’ve already had one, I think it’s safe to assume you qualify for a full one again. Risk certainly doesn’t decrease with age.
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(08-05-2018, 06:10 PM)GCG Wrote:
(08-05-2018, 06:08 PM)GCG Wrote:
(08-05-2018, 05:52 PM)Scrapper Wrote:
(08-05-2018, 05:49 PM)Scrapper Wrote: That's not a colonoscopy.  It's a fecal culture.

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From the Mayo Clinic:

"The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a lab test used to check stool samples for hidden (occult) blood. Occult blood in the stool may indicate colon cancer or polyps in the colon or rectum — though not all cancers or polyps bleed."

A colonoscopy will tell much, much more.

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Thanks for the reply. I am scheduled for a full on colonoscopy. But I read somewhere that the "FOBT" could let you know if you are in need of the colonoscopy or not.

 You don't have to pay for the colonoscopy do you? I just had one a couple of months ago and my doctor found and removed three polyps.
This FOBT thing couldn't do that right?
I don't need to have another one for three years Smiling
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So the procedure was yesterday. 3 small polyps, (last time there were 2), and I'm good for another 3-5 years. But I have to tell you that the "team" that did the work was awesome. First, this super bubbly young RN comes in to wheel me to the room where they do it. She was just too cool. I wasn't at all nervous but it's kind of humiliating to think that a group of people are going to be sticking something in your ass while you are knocked out. Her demeanor made all the difference. Anyway, it was a breeze and it made a big difference to me that the people involved were pros but also very friendly.

As to the FOBT... I asked about that. I think that test simply checks for blood in the stool. No Blood is good but not a 100% indicator that all is well. If there is blood then they would recommend a full colonoscopy. What they tell me about polyps is that if you don't remove them, they can become cancerous over time. Long story short, if you have polyps but no blood, you may be in trouble if you put your faith in the FOBT test.
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(08-08-2018, 06:05 PM)GCG Wrote: So the procedure was yesterday. 3 small polyps, (last time there were 2), and I'm good for another 3-5 years. But I have to tell you that the "team" that did the work was awesome. First, this super bubbly young RN comes in to wheel me to the room where they do it. She was just too cool. I wasn't at all nervous but it's kind of humiliating to think that a group of people are going to be sticking something in your ass while you are knocked out. Her demeanor made all the difference. Anyway, it was a breeze and it made a big difference to me that the people involved were pros but also very friendly.

As to the FOBT... I asked about that. I think that test simply checks for blood in the stool. No Blood is good but not a 100% indicator that all is well. If there is blood then they would recommend a full colonoscopy. What they tell me about polyps is that if you don't remove them, they can become cancerous over time. Long story short, if you have polyps but no blood, you may be in trouble by if you but your faith in the FOBT test.

 My doctor had a French name. something Dr Moge pronounced Mo jay.

Anyway the staff are very cool and will joke around. There was music playing. The last thing I remember saying when they stared the anesthesia ... How good is your stuff,I'm going to see how long I can fight this...
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