The Fan in Fargo

March 16th, 2017 at 2:03 PM ^

My coach did that to me once but lifted my waist about 2 feet in the air. Landed on the football right in the bread basket after a shoe-string tackle at a full sprint. Falling into the endzone, I bobbled the ball and pinned it to my stomach like an idiot. Could not get a gasp of air for about 30 seconds. Thought it was all over boys and it was my time to go. LOL The old school and smart coaches know that trick to help expand the lungs or something.

True Blue Grit

March 16th, 2017 at 12:47 PM ^

The colonoscopy was not bad at all for me.  I thought the prep would be horrible, but it was fine.  But colon health is nothing to be taken lightly.  If your digestive system stops working, you're gone.   Colon cancer is obviously horrible, but it's pretty treatable if caught early.  So, if your doctor recommends it, it's very wise to have the colonoscopy done.  

1974

March 16th, 2017 at 1:19 PM ^

Pretty much what True Blue Grit said.

Now for the TMI section:

I had lemon drink mix ready to mask the supposedly horrible taste of the prep. (People had told me it would taste like motor oil or worse.) I wound up drinking the last 2/3 straight. Perhaps the flavoring has improved over the years.

For those who've not had the experience, the resulting explosion (or series thereof) was quite amazing and not something I'd want to repeat for no reason. I've come close to that only after some dodgy curries.

I did the test without sedation and, other than what the GI doc described as "a hard right turn" at the beginning, it wasn't that bad. (Yes, I turned down a sedation opportunity, but I didn't want to burn any PTO. Family and friends had done the same -- no sedation, that is -- and assured me that it wouldn't be a big deal.)

DrWolverine

March 16th, 2017 at 8:02 PM ^

I've performed colonoscopies without sedation, for various reasons, usually because the patient couldn't get anyone to drive them home. Usually it isn't any problem, because the colon does not have pain sensors. But what it does have is stretch receptors, and we are putting air in the colon in order to see, so some gas pains can happen. Also, if there is a tight turn, it may stretch it as we push around that. I always tell them to just keep passing gas throughout whenever they feel they need to. I rarely haven't been able to complete one.

Kapitan Howard

March 16th, 2017 at 1:30 PM ^

The sedation is pretty fantastic. You wake up feeling a little tipsy, in a good way. I have had three colonoscopies in my 20s because of some GI issues, and I have never experienced what the prep does to your ass in any other circumstance. The most satisfying feeling is being able to eat after the procedure is over and just gourging yourself.

The Oracle

March 16th, 2017 at 2:01 PM ^

I agree. The lemon taste wasn't bad, and the procedure itself wasn't any big deal. Flushing the system and not eating wasn't fun, but certainly worth the effort. No one who's due should be afraid of getting it done. I actually have a good friend whose wife, for whatever reason, insisted that he get it done when he was in his early 40s, and his cancer was discovered. Although it was already fairly advanced, he survived, thanks to his her insistence. If not for her, he probably wouldn't have made it to 50.

gasbro

March 16th, 2017 at 1:21 PM ^

Colon cancer affects 1:20 in their lifetime but readily preventable (or treatable) with screening. Colonoscopy saves lives and March is colon cancer awareness month!

Kewaga.

March 16th, 2017 at 1:37 PM ^

 

 

Women:

#1 Breast

#2 Lung

#3 Colon

 

Men:

#1 Prostate

#2 Lung

#3 Colon

 

Colonoscopy should be done at age 50, sooner if family members had early cancer or you have other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Yearly Occult-card in between (check for blood in your stool).

 

Colon cancer- catch it early ~ 95% chance you survive, catch it late 95% you don't

Colonoscopy is a test and treatment, it there are polyps (pre-cancerous growth) they will be removed almost eliminating your risk of colon cancer.

 

New indications for those that don't (or won't do a colonoscopy):  

http://www.cologuardtest.com/what-is-cologuard

drjaws

March 16th, 2017 at 2:52 PM ^

lung cancer wouldn't even be on that list . . . also shows how prevalent prostate cancer is.  So prevalent, in fact, that it happens more often than a cancer that comes about primarily from people ingesting carcinogens.

 

Also, per my doctoral thesis work, your prostate doesn't last as long as people do and most older men have prostate hyperplasias, whether they know it or not.  Get that checked 1-2 times per year as well.

DrWolverine

March 16th, 2017 at 7:58 PM ^

Well said, just one quick correction: if you had colonoscopies, you don't need the yearly occult blood cards in-between. If you choose not to have a colonoscopy, you can have yearly blood cards done, with a colonoscopy done if one turns up positive. But if you had a colonoscopy, you are all good and don't need to get the cards in the interim.

matty blue

March 16th, 2017 at 1:52 PM ^

always, ALWAYS schedule surgeries for the first day of the ncaa tournament.  then you have an excuse to sit in front of the tv, essentially for as long as you like.  

"i'm still in some pain, honey.  i think i just need to rest."

that harbaugh.  never misses a trick.

WMU81

March 16th, 2017 at 1:53 PM ^

A Colonoscopy is not a big deal. I had one when I was 28 and I was up and moving around just fine afterwords. The prep is over talked and not as bad a taco bell dump. Its harmless and you dont feel a thing. If you think something is wrong or you are of age, GET CHECKED... ITS NO BIG DEAL..

alwaystrueblue

March 16th, 2017 at 2:52 PM ^

And i have had the colonoscopy twice.  Once when i was in the early 40's...then again at 50.

 

About a year ago the doctor asked me if i was willing to try a new-ish procedure.  The poop in a box cologuard. I said sure.

 

They sent me a box thru Fedex.

 

Its quite simple. They show you how to attach the box to your toilet.  Then you just sit down and fill it up.  After that...it gets closed and sealed up and sent to the Lab in i think it was Minnesota.   It took about a month to get the results back (all good).

 

Its a much simpler and less expensive test than a full colonoscopy.  My insurance at first balked at paying for it (it cost $650) but did eventually cover it.

 

All in all....not invasive.  Not difficult. No time off of any sort.  The entire process did not take 10 minutes.

 

 

Zoltanrules

March 16th, 2017 at 4:03 PM ^

then colon cancer is statistically the most likely killer for you in your middle ages and it is practically 100% curable with early detection via a colonoscopy.

Please do not put it off! Do by 40 if you have a family history and 45 if you don't. DONT WAIT FOR YOUR DOCTOR TO TELL YOU, especially if you don't have an annual physical, Be Proactive.

I've had two and the prep is not that bad and it is the worst part of the procedure. I am the biggest freaking medical wimp and it is not bad at all. Actually the anesthesia they gave me was awesome and I slept unbelievably well that night too.

Some of you guys drive me nuts here but I want to see all of you live  as  fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters for a long long time. Plus you want to tell your grandkids of the Harbaugh renaissance period.

 

Wendyk5

March 16th, 2017 at 4:17 PM ^

I had one at 47. The worst part is drinking the SuPrep. Disgusting. Other than that, it was no big deal. The coolest part was the doctor gave me my results with small pictures of my perfectly clean and polyp-free colon.

uminks

March 17th, 2017 at 1:52 AM ^

The prep solution is the worse part. I had one when I turned 50 and it was clear. I don't have to have another until I'm 55, about 2 more years.  I would recommend those with a family history to have one when your 35-40. If no family history you can wait until you turn 50.  It may take only 10 years for a polyp to turn into cancer.

Petr89

March 16th, 2017 at 4:22 PM ^

Just FYI: there is such a thing called "virtual colonography" which is an alternative to colonoscopy.  It can be an option for those with "failed" colonoscopy (couldn't make that hard right turn or get through a stricture) or refuse to get one.  It's a CT scan tailored to your colon.

Cynics may suggest that GI docs don't often recommend them because they don't tend to make money off of them. Radiologist literature says they work pretty good though. Downsides: 1) if they find anything, they can't do anything (biopsy, polypectomy) like they can with a scope, 2) the prep is basically the same (and just about everybody says that's by far the worst part, 3) we still stick a tube in your butt (but it's skinnier and doesn't go as far in...its used to inflate the colon with air), 4) insurance coverage may be tricky.

Personally, I think old-fashioned colonoscopy is the way to go...but something is better than nothing.