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    Re: The Medical Thread: We're experts on everything else; why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    Instead of 1 day fast I do 2 days. Still not cleaned out. I've had many scopes. I will never drink lemon Gatorade again
    Don't people know roughly the "velocity" of their bowels?

    I eat corn on the cob and 21-23 hours later, well, yup, I ate corn on the cob yesterday.

    If it's longer than that I know I'm not drinking enough water.
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    Re: The Medical Thread: We're experts on everything else; why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    In the start of this thread I said ...







    To make a point, I scheduled and went in.

    The prep was no worse than a Saturday night bender with too much Budweiser and Taco Bell.

    However, I decided to go "native". Yup. No nothing. Keep your Propofol and Versed*. Pain? No. Uncomfortable? Sure. And before you say, "that's cray-cray", the procedure is done in Europe native more often than not. Sedation is most common in the US and France. I can see France, but I hate to see the US go soft and for the drugs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    However, I decided to go "native". Yup. No nothing. Keep your Propofol and Versed*. Pain? No. Uncomfortable? Sure. And before you say, "that's cray-cray", the procedure is done in Europe native more often than not.
    I wonder if it makes any difference whether they find polyps or not? typically if they find polyps they snip them off right then and there; might that be a different matter than the "discomfort" of the scoping on its own?
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    A real challenge to the medical community, and to society in general, is what to do about organic mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia). I'm told by professionals in the field that many schizophrenics, as long as they take their medicine, are not a danger to themselves or others.

    Here is a far-too-typical pattern:
    - a schizophrenic is acting in a frightening or disturbing way, gets arrested, then diverted into the mental health system instead of the penal system
    - while hospitalized, s/he is properly medicated and no longer needs to remain in the hospital, as long as s/he keeps taking appropriate doses.
    - once released, s/he decides that s/he is "better" (because of the meds), and so doesn't "need" them any more.
    - s/he goes "off meds" and starts to act in a frightening or disturbing way....
    - cycle and repeat.

    Is it appropriate as a condition of their release that they be required to keep taking their meds? Tough issue.
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    Re: The Medical Thread: We're experts on everything else; why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by FreshFish View Post
    I wonder if it makes any difference whether they find polyps or not? typically if they find polyps they snip them off right then and there; might that be a different matter than the "discomfort" of the scoping on its own?
    The discomfort from a colonoscopy is primarily due to the distension of the bowel by air insufflation. The worse the prep, the more air needed to see ---> more pain. The act of removing the polyp itself is not painful but the operator may need to shoot in more air in order to perform it ---> more pain
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    My doc told me they have to use more air if they find polyps so as to make space for the removal actions. The air was the main discomfort. (And does it feel good to "let it go". )

    My sibling (who was hesitant and wanting to avoid) is stuck now: they found three polyps in me.
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    Re: The Medical Thread: We're experts on everything else; why not?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    Don't people know roughly the "velocity" of their bowels?
    First meal after a colonoscopy would provide a data point, no?

    I've read that "typically," it is 16-20 hours. As you noted, ingestion of certain particular foods would also provide data points.....
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    My doctor diagnosed me with constipation. Got put on Colace and a laxative to get things moving.

    I'm hoping that a higher fiber diet will cure this problem so I can get off the meds. So.. avocados, sweet potatoes, winter squash, whole grain bread, steel cut oats, red beans and rice, lentil soup...

    And I'm hearing more water to go with this, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirtlessBob View Post
    And I'm hearing more water to go with this, too.
    I'm surprised that wasn't #1 on the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    I'm surprised that wasn't #1 on the list.
    Yes. My problem is I like to play Drink the Coffee. It's a small miracle that I've cut back to 4 cups a day.

    And others have suggested the D word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirtlessBob View Post
    Yes. My problem is I like to play Drink the Coffee. It's a small miracle that I've cut back to 4 cups a day.

    And others have suggested the D word.
    It's either more fiber/water or a trip to Taco Hell at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirtlessBob View Post
    It's either more fiber/water or a trip to Taco Hell at this point.
    Like I said about colonoscopy prep:
    "... no worse than a Saturday night bender with too much Budweiser and Taco Bell."
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    Wow. Just ... wow.
    They gave the kid a new life without pain.
    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/0...hole-new-skin/

    Next time I skin a knuckle really well when a wrench slips, well, I'll just shut up now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sicatoka View Post
    Like I said about colonoscopy prep:
    "... no worse than a Saturday night bender with too much Budweiser and Taco Bell."
    Might need the beer and Taco Hell route.

    Apparently, all these endurance races messed up my body more than I thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirtlessBob View Post
    Might need the beer and Taco Hell route.

    Apparently, all these endurance races messed up my body more than I thought.
    And it's come to this. My doctor ordered an enema.

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    And it's come to this. My doctor ordered an enema.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    "I'll have what she's having."
    That was not fun.

    And yet, it'll be a regular thing...

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    Re: The Medical Thread: We're experts on everything else; why not?

    Want to know your surgeon's success rate?

    https://wtop.com/health-fitness/2017...-success-rate/

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    Want to know your surgeon's success rate?

    https://wtop.com/health-fitness/2017...-success-rate/
    This cannot take into account the complexity of the surgery and likely gives a false sense of knowledge. The guys that I would want clipping a brain aneurysm have higher morbidity and mortality because they take the cases that other surgeons wont touch.
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    Want to know your surgeon's success rate?

    https://wtop.com/health-fitness/2017...-success-rate/
    This is like a DA's record. They only take slam dunk cases.
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