I went to the doctor today. He thinks I need more fiber in my diet. He wants me to do Citrucel for 2 weeks then if no improvement do a colonoscopy. He took some blood to do a red blood cell count. 1st question...if the red blood is normal does that mean I'm ok? 2nd question...can I get a colonoscopy without going under anestetic? I am really affraid of that.
a normal blood count tells you that you are not anemic. Anemia occurs for many reasons including nutritional deficiencies, blood loss from: (trauma, heavy menses, gastrointestinal bleeding, etc), inadequate production of blood cells due to chronic illness. And so on.
A colonoscopy can be done without anesthesia. it is usually done with sedation and is much more comfortable to go through when medication for pain and anxiety is given.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.