This is an off topic discussion today so I apologize if you are stopping by to see DIY or Family stuff. I am sure talking about my poop and a colonoscopy isn’t that appealing! ha. However, I think it’s a discussion that probably is beneficial to all of us whether it be now or down the road. A Colonoscopy is an important way to check for colon cancer and to treat colon polyps. Polyps are abnormal growths on the inside lining of the intestine and both of my parents have had polyps removed at every colonoscopy they have had since they turned 40. I do have a family history of colon cancer so that is why I am starting early with preventative measures. My stomach has been an issue since I was a kid. I have always been told I have IBS and basically what that means, is I have an intestinal disorder causing pain in the belly which leads to gas, diarrhea, and constipation.
Well aren’t you glad I shared that?
One thing I have learned from blogging, as your blog grows, you end up having a voice that reaches thousands, if not millions of people and this topic is a no brainer when it comes to spreading awareness. I am here to tell you that the procedure is an absolute piece of cake. There is nothing to worry about. In fact, you are sedated and will remember nothing. Can I just tell you how cool it was to look at the clock and it said 10:45am and I woke up 30 minutes later to see 11:15? I was so HAPPY! haha. You feel and see nothing. So if you are worried about it, STOP. The prep the day before though is the worst part. You basically cleanse your system with a salty (not so good tasting) drink. I was thrilled with how flat and unbloated my stomach was though once I was done ;). ha
The image above, courtesy of Dana Farber, shows what a polyp looks like in your colon. The goal is to have none and if you do, get them out right then and there. The doctor basically inserts a tiny tube that goes inside and looks for any abnormalities such as polyps, ulcers ect. I am happy to report that I didn’t have any polyps and everything looked good. He did take a couple biopsy’s of skin tissue to test for Celiac, Crohn’s disease and a few other things. I should have those results back early next week. In the meantime, he suggested I go on a FODMAP diet for a couple weeks to see how my stomach feels after eating foods that are low in FODMAPS. Yes, that is a scary sounding acronym, deriving from Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols.
The first thing my Dr. said to me before he started was, “is this going to be on the blog?”
I laughed and said, “you mean the pictures of the inside of my buttocks?”
I said, “ummm probably not.” 🙂
Basically, I need to eliminate everything I love from my diet :(. I hit the grocery store to buy stuff I have never even heard of. Just kidding, although I never thought I would be making green smoothie shakes and buying exotic fruits. Stay tuned, I have been keeping track of my recipes and progress about what works and what doesn’t with regard to my stomach. I am AMAZED at how much better I feel. I will share more info soon ;).