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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.
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