I finally got in to see the gastroenterologist yesterday. The nurse went over all of my symptoms, then gave me the fancy white paper shirt to put on so the doctor could listen to my insides. She left with the laptop so the doctor could look over my chart before checking me out.
He came in, asked me to show him where it hurt. He didn’t prod, poke, or even listen to my inner rumblings before declaring that something is wrong and that he wanted to do a colonoscopy as soon as possible. He told the nurse to put me on the schedule for tomorrow. She reminded him of the prep time, he agreed, and told her to schedule me for Friday.
While having a doctor that seems genuinely concerned about your health is a good thing, it is particularly unsettling for a paranoid hypochondriac like myself to pick up on even the smallest hint of trepidation from a doctor. His sense of urgency and that he didn’t bother to poke, prod, or pull out his stethoscope raised my internal red flags.
I asked what he was looking for. He’s looking for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (UC), and cancer, which is, of course, the word my unsettled mind immediately locked onto. I’ve said before, I feel so bad that it really wouldn’t surprise me if I have cancer. Having vitamin D deficiency makes me worry even more, since it plays such a key role in many different types of cancer. (See Related Articles below).
My family has nicknamed me Miss Worse Case Scenario because I tend to go straight to the dark place in the face of the unknown. Never ask me, “What’s the worst that could happen?” because I will tell you and scare the beejeezus out of you. Yes, I’m that good at spotting potential disaster in even the safest endeavors. I blame it on watching too many movies and spending too much time on the Internet.
Most likely, this is all probably just my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and a hemorrhoid rearing its ugly head. The gastroenterologist won’t find a darn thing wrong. There’s really nothing to worry about. Tomorrow, I’ll be doing the best internal cleanse ever and making best friends with my potty.
I think I’ll weigh before I start, you know, just for sh*ts and giggles.
- Vitamin D Deficiency Plays A Key Role in Causing Autoimmune Diseases, Some Cancers, and Type 1 Diabetes (kewpharmacy.co.uk)
- The Dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency (fightingfatigue.org)
- How Do You Know It’s Crohn’s? (everydayhealth.com)
- Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis & Detection (cancercenter.com)
- Colon cancer harder to detect in women (utsandiego.com)
- What is Ulcerative Colitis? (myuclife.wordpress.com)
- Rectal Cancer Symptoms (cancercenter.com)
- Science-Based Guide To Happy Gut And Healthy Skin (acneeinstein.com)