So, i got a call from the GI doctor and they want me to have my appointment on valentines day!! what? im going to be violated that day? colonoscopy at 9am? this is going to suck. i have to drink the bowel cleanse stuff at 5 am? At least they said i wouldn't remember a thing, with the "IV cocktail" there going to give me. I hope everything goes smooth, and my girlfriend and i can still go on a date (with her driving of course).
Sunday, January 29, 2012
So i went to the endoscopy clinic in the hospital about a week later to have my pre-op appointment. The lady was really nice, explaining the procedure it doesn't sound pleasant but she said i will likely not remember because they will give me drugs and i will need a driver. she asked me 20 questions and then gave me some drink she said people get scammed and pay a lot of money for to "cleanse" there colon. The medicine is pineapple flavored, it doesn't sound very good. The doctor told me that the day i drink it not to plan anything because i will be attached to the toilet. I am only allowed to drink clear liquids for 2 days before the procedure.
Colonoscopy is the endoscopic examination of the large bowel and the distal part of the small bowel with a CCD camera or a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube passed through the anus. It may provide a visual diagnosis (e.g. ulceration, polyps) and grants the opportunity for biopsy or removal of suspected lesions.
Basically my stomach was upset for about a week, so i made a Dr appointment for the following week. I missed my appointment and had to wait another week. My stomach started to calm down by that time, but i told the doctor the symptoms i was having cramps, gas, diarrhea, tiredness, waking up to have bowel movements. The doctor asked me about my family history (my mom had chrons she was diagnosed when she was 13. My little sister and great grandmother also were diagnosed with chrons. so he looked at my butt hole and said i have a skin tag i asked what that meant and he said its a symptom of chrons but people without the disease also have them. The doctor Orderd a bunch of test. now i am waiting for my endoscopy appointment.
Crohn's disease, also known as regional enteritis, is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is at its worst), vomiting (can be continuous), or weight loss, but may also cause complications outside the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration.
Crohn's disease is caused by interactions between environmental, immunological and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals.This results in a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body's immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract possibly directed at microbial antigens.
Crohn's disease has traditionally been described as an autoimmune disease, but recent investigators have described it as a disease of immune deficiency.
There is a genetic association with Crohn's disease, primarily with variations of the NOD2 gene and its protein, which senses bacterial cell walls. Siblings of affected individuals are at higher risk. Males and females are equally affected. Smokers are two times more likely to develop Crohn's disease than nonsmokers. Crohn's disease affects between 400,000 and 600,000 people in North America.Prevalence estimates for Northern Europe have ranged from 27–48 per 100,000. Crohn's disease tends to present initially in the teens and twenties, with another peak incidence in the fifties to seventies, although the disease can occur at any age. There is no known pharmaceutical or surgical cure for Crohn's disease. Treatment options are restricted to controlling symptoms, maintaining remission, and preventing relapse.
The disease was named after American gastroenterologist Burrill Bernard Crohn, who, in 1932, together with two colleagues, described a series of patients with inflammation of the terminal ileum, the area most commonly affected by the illness.