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    Questions to ask GI

    Update: Talked with GI doc today. Biopsies came back clear except for one, which showed minor non-specific colitis. Polyp was tubular adenoma. Plan: treat "as if" for bile acid malabsorption to see if it helps, while waiting for MRI to look at small intestine.
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    Well, all done. The sedation here is not nearly as pronounced as in the States, so I watched my colon movie in real time. Ha. Doc said mostly looks good, took biopsy from terminal ileum and a random section of colon. Also found a polyp in transverse colon. :/ Have to wait 3-4 weeks for follow-up...
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    PS... Pico-Salax is WAY easier than the dreaded gallon of nasty. Things have improved in the decade since my last colonoscopy! 🤣
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    Yes, same. Have never been able to fast, carry snacks with me everywhere, and must eat breakfast before 10. I barely eat any sugar because it seems to make it worse, so all this juice is a bit strange for my system. But that's the deal for a day! Thanks, Scipio. A minor inconvenience compared to...
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    Well, it's prep time! Oh, joy. Fortunately, not my first rodeo (third time I've done bowel prep in my life, thanks to endo) so I know the drill, but always so fun. I've previously had to do the drinking of that nasty gallon of prep stuff in the States, but now I'm doing split dose Pico-Salax...
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    Hi xmdmom. Thank you for your response. Yes, I certainly am thinking about endo, especially after my very protracted and awful struggle with it in my 20s. I've been keeping a symptom diary, and the pain and other symptoms do not seem to follow a monthly cycle like my endo did, plus the...
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    Good to know! Do they start with the colonoscopy just because it's cheaper? I don't have anemia, but I do have chronic Vit D deficiency and I've had low Alkaline phosphatase, too. All my other bloodwork has been normal.
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    Hi Scipio, Thanks for your response and encouraging words. Sounds like indeed you had a similar situation with the appendicitis! At the time it did not occur to me that it could be related to something more nefarious (I mean, lots of people get appendicitis), or that my fissures could also be...
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    Questions to ask GI

    Hi all, apologies for the long intro post but I want to make sure I am properly advocating for myself and asking the right questions. I hope this is the right forum section for this post. I'm a 38 y.o. female in Canada, normal BMI, family history of ulcerative colitis, and personal history of...
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