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3 minutes ago, Machpoint005 said:

My bowel cancer screening began by chance after I happened to be at Vauxhall, Ellesmere Port on the date the bowel cancer lorry was there. I was in my early 50s at the time. It strikes me that something that is presumably cost effective (for the NHS) should be readily available to everyone from a fairly early age.  

 

That may be subject to a postcode lottery, though?

Sadly I think many things are relating to health? I hear all the time of people being unable to get a doctors appointment whereas at my practice you get one the day you ring for one. Also when I have been referred on three occasions for the 14 day specialist appointment they have been done well inside this time frame. I dont think the same can be said everywhere?

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26 minutes ago, mrsmelly said:

I dont think the same can be said everywhere?

 

I agree, but I'm not going to get political on this particular thread. My daughter is a GP so I can see this from the other side too. 

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Hi 

Interesting posts, I have had several screening tests, they are not too bad, just crack on and do them, but a couple of months ago I had real probs with chronic outpourings with the 'runs' and the M25 is not the place to have these problems.............................it reached the state where long car journeys were not possible. I had a colonoscopy, best afternoon's TV I had for a while, no sedation, just a great colour production.. The 'gubbins' they give you to clear the tubes ready for investigations is a amazingly awful, but the results are brilliant..........thanks NHS. 

 

PS the TV pics I viewed when having treatment for heart problems were good as well.

 

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Hi Nightwatch, as others have said, the worst bit is that horrible bloody drink you have to take the day before the scope, the scope is not that bad (I've had getting on for 10 of the things now) and I found watching it on tv fascinating.

 

The fact that I'm sitting here on my boat typing this is all down to my first scope nearly 4 years ago when they found a large polyp that was cancerous (spelling?). An op followed to remove part of my bowel which initially seemed ok but subsequently my plumbing sprung a leak and a second op followed which meant I ended up with a bag. 

 

I had a successful reversal op last year and am now cancer free and loving life. The upshot of the above is that we said "sod it", sold the house, chucked the jobs, bought the boat in march and have been cc'ing liveaboards since.

 

For anyone who is offered these checks or has the slightest suspicion that something is not right, just get checked at the earliest opportunity. I was lucky and they got it early without the need for chemo etc. Don't do the typical man thing and ignore the initial signs thinking "it will be all right". The earlier the docs find any problem the easier it is to fix.

 

I hope everything goes well for you and trust me, the indignity of the examination is nothing compared to the possible alternative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pleased everything okay for you now. I'm not shying away from having this procedure done. I know it's necessary, but as you say its the indignity of it all. I'm like a bear with a sore head at present. No real reason, just don't like being out of routine, and getting hungrier by the miniute. 'If you can't have, you want' syndrome.

 

We live aboard and wish to continue doing so. As I mentioned a couple of hours ago, this has come about by not feeling 100% and seeing my GP. Some knock the NHS. I don't. I've had a good deal so far over the years.

 

 

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Right. Taken the first edition of laxitives. A bit of a fizzy tum but no movement. 

 

They must have change the recipe as it was quite płeasant. Lemon flavoured. Am I looking forward to dose two in three hours? Nope. 

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23 minutes ago, Nightwatch said:

Right. Taken the first edition of laxitives. A bit of a fizzy tum but no movement. 

 

They must have change the recipe as it was quite płeasant. Lemon flavoured. Am I looking forward to dose two in three hours? Nope. 

Stay close to the loo, when it works, it works ?

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I've had two friends whose colon cancer was picked up through the shit test.  Both had surgery and are by all accounts cured (one was six years ago with no reoccurrence).  No way would i not take this test.

 

As for the Picolax, I was prescribed this during one of my chemotherapy courses.  It proved to be very effective!  Take one teaspoon at night and don't plan going out the next day!

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7 minutes ago, waterdog said:

Stay close to the loo, when it works, it works ?

Can we have updates that are extremely light on detail from this point forward please...!  ;)

 

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40 minutes ago, Nightwatch said:

Right. Taken the first edition of laxitives. A bit of a fizzy tum but no movement. 

 

They must have change the recipe as it was quite płeasant. Lemon flavoured. Am I looking forward to dose two in three hours? Nope. 

You are lucky, thats the nice one!! some of us could not have that and had somett else, moviprep or somett that is bloody minging!!

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7 hours ago, Nightwatch said:

Ive had a few angiograms over the years, where you are awake. They go in via the groin and find there way, in my case to the heart. You can watch it on telly, really fascinating. They shoot dye in and it shows any blockages you may have. Clever stuff. I hear they sometimes go in via the wrist.

A few years fter having a stent fitted my brother had an angiogram to check it out but this caused a heart attack the next day, fortunately he survived and the hospital told him it was their fault and apologised which I thought was admirable. All the same it makes you think. 

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The camera crew are fine, an IV slug of fentanyl and midazolam are you’re away with the fairies. The doses of Moviprep.... less so. If it’s not too late, apply some Vaseline after every “event”.

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1 hour ago, nb Innisfree said:

A few years fter having a stent fitted my brother had an angiogram to check it out but this caused a heart attack the next day, fortunately he survived and the hospital told him it was their fault and apologised which I thought was admirable. All the same it makes you think. 

A friend of mine had an angiogram for the same reason as your brother, she had the heart attack during the procedure and didnt survive. Its certainly a lottery.

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40 minutes ago, mrsmelly said:

A friend of mine had an angiogram for the same reason as your brother, she had the heart attack during the procedure and didnt survive. Its certainly a lottery.

I read somewhere that an angiogram or angioplasty is best carried out next to a cardiac operating theatre, just in case, though the chance of it going wrong are very small. Bigger chance of winning the lottery jackpot but we still optimistically buy a ticket ?

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4 hours ago, Sea Dog said:

Can we have updates that are extremely light on detail from this point forward please...!  ;)

So you are not of the "pictures or it never happened" school of thought then? :giggles:

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29 minutes ago, nb Innisfree said:

I read somewhere that an angiogram or angioplasty is best carried out next to a cardiac operating theatre, just in case, though the chance of it going wrong are very small. Bigger chance of winning the lottery jackpot but we still optimistically buy a ticket ?

Should have said "smaller" not "bigger" ?

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On 05/05/2015 at 12:03, Machpoint005 said:

I've recently done the screening sample tests for bowel cancer. Best to do it just before you get in the shower.

 

Seriously though, the 'all clear' came through in a matter of days. Just one thing less to worry about it you are that way inclined.

The letter does have a disclaimer along the lines "This does not guarantee to be accurate, so you might die a horrible death, have a nice day"

:)

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45 minutes ago, rusty69 said:

All the best for today Mr Nightwatch.

Thank you. Disturbed night unsurprisingly. Last dose of gunk taken. I'm wasting away!., 

 

Sure all will will be fine. I'm convinced my bowel is like a pebble beach with the tide gone out, exposing all the rubbish left behind.

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11 minutes ago, Nightwatch said:

Thank you. Disturbed night unsurprisingly. Last dose of gunk taken. I'm wasting away!., 

 

Sure all will will be fine. I'm convinced my bowel is like a pebble beach with the tide gone out, exposing all the rubbish left behind.

Believe, there is NOTHING left behind!

Try "Fleet", tastes terrible but works the same.

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12 minutes ago, Nightwatch said:

Thank you. Disturbed night unsurprisingly. Last dose of gunk taken. I'm wasting away!., 

 

Sure all will will be fine. I'm convinced my bowel is like a pebble beach with the tide gone out, exposing all the rubbish left behind.

Where are you having it done old sport?

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