A little about my history:
I have suffered from "lazy bowel" from birth which means I only go once every 4-10 days
I have been using medication with codeine which I think has exacerbated my constipation
I frequently have bright bleeding from fissures and haemmorhoids
I have a low fibre diet
I have had no changes to my bowel habits other than a once off when I ate an entire bag of licorice which caused my usual banked up self to evacuate quite quickly
I have no history of bowel cancer
The problem is I have a huge fear of going under GA. I can't put my finger on the issue other than being under twilight for a small procedure in which I could hear the aneasthetist talking about me with nurses while I was "asleep".
I have called the local imaging centre who has strongly suggested I am a good candidate to try a virtual colonoscopy considering my risk factors. They said I would be more likely to have a bowel perforation from the colonoscopy than I would have cancer. A virtual colonoscopy is done by CT where they empty and inflate your bowel and you then go through the CT machine.
The only downside is that if they did find polyps something that I would need surgery anyway.
I have let it go because my Chiropractor and Naturopath (friend) said that I have a lot of dietary issues that need to be addressed and that they strongly doubt a colonoscopy would be necessary.
Edited by OneProudMum, 13 November 2012 - 10:08 PM.