First off, you can fairly easily rule out colon cancer - that's a lower abdominal problem and what you're describing is mostly upper abdominal.
It's not uncommon to have reflux without any noticeable burning, so you can't rule that out. Many doctors will prescribe a short course of meds to see if that's the problem without having to do a scope (which many people try to avoid having done).
If you haven't done it already, a food/symptom diary is a very good thing to have. Basically every day you write down everything you consume - food, drink, meds, vitamins, gum, etc as well as any symptoms you have. Showing the doctor a couple weeks worth of info like that is more useful than trying to describe what's going on.View Thread
You have to decide if you want to live the rest of your life feeling like you do now or not. If you don't then you're going to have to try to pinpoint what might be bothering your system and cut it out of your diet. Spicy food isn't the only possible culprit, so you may not be doomed to bland food forever.
When you say indigestion, what exactly do you mean. What symptoms do you have? Do you have any medical conditions/take any medications (prescription and over the counter)? What do you eat in an average day?View Thread
It's worth doing some testing to find out if there's something that you're reacting to (food intolerance). The problem is that we don't always have an automatic reaction - it can take hours to days for it to happen. So while you feel like you're reacting to everything, it could be just one thing and if you remove it then you end up removing the problem.
I wouldn't worry about the food coloring - it's not uncommon. Green, blue and purple food coloring are usually the reason for (at times rather neon) green stool. I know if I eat a fair amount of black licorice or black jelly beans then I'm going to end up with with rather disturbing looking green-black stools - but I know it's just the food coloring and it'll pass.View Thread
It could be a lot of things. Without any testing you just don't know. Along with IBS the most likely culprits are food intolerance and gallbladder problems. It could also be a side effect from another medical condition or a side effect from medication. Or it could be IBD or any number of other conditions.View Thread
You're not likely to be able to work the day before the colonoscopy because of the prep involved (you have to drink stuff that'll give you diarrhea to clear you out) or the day you'll be getting scoped. The following day you might be a little tired but otherwise you should be fine.
Technically I get 'twilight sedation' whenever I'm scoped and every time I'm out pretty much immediately after they give it to me. I can't tell you how long the colonoscopy takes because I'm out when it happens, but I asked one time and they figure from the start of it until you wake up and get ready to leave is around an hour to an hour and a half. Some of that is time you need for the sedation to start to wear off.
They won't let you leave on your own because of the sedation, so you'll have to have someone pick you up from the hospital.
How much do you know about a colonoscopy? There are people on the Crohns and Colitis would who would be able to help you with any more questions you may have.View Thread
You didn't eat anything for at least a day and it doesn't sound like you're eating much now, so the lack of bowel movements isn't all that surprising. If in a day or two you're still having trouble eating and still not going to the bathroom, then I'd be concerned.
I've been uncomfortable the day of my colonoscopy but after that I've been fine. I'd start to get concerned about still being tender, but certainly not to the extent of rushing of to the ER. It's possible it has nothing to do with you being scoped.
So make an appointment to see your doctor to ask 'what's up with this?' By the time you get in it may have cleared up, and then you can go over the initial reports (the biopsy results won't be in yet).
Btw simple broth soups, white bread/crackers and plain baked chicken are good foods to try.View Thread