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Curious
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I'm a 38 yr  old male training for the CMM.  My doctor wants me to get a colonoscopy.  Has anyone ever had one of these?  What is the recovery time for running/training purposes?  Should I wait until after the marathon before I schedule it?

Doc
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Why does a 38 year old need a colonoscopy?

Anyhow.  Most folks recover in a few days.

Curious
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I wanted to spare readers of the the graphic details about why I need it. But if I did get it say on a Friday, could I do a long run (10-15 miles) on a Sunday?

Doc
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Maybe.  It may be better to plan 3-4 days recovery.
Bonnie
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I have never taken time off for a colonoscopy (and I have had many of them).  I take the day of off, and run easy the day after - the recovery is more, at least for me, due to the fact that you can't eat the day before the test not because of the test itself.

HG
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Hello there...

have had a couple of these... in my experience, the process to get you ready for this is a pain in the hind end...my doctor believes in drinking all the good stuff (actually about the worst stuff I've ever had to drink) in order to clean you out...

the easy part was the procedure itself... they put you to sleep and then they wake you up and you go home... I have never had any pain or discomfort from the procedure itself.

what may cause problems is how you react to whatever they give you to knock you out... some people have problems and some don't...

for me, I was sluggish for the rest of the day...and then felt better the next day......

I would say take 1-2 days off and you should have no problem...

hg
Curious
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Thanks for all info.

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I have also had a few colonoscopies, and i must say the recovery time was quick. Usually, I felt better and was back to work the next day. The people on http://www.colonoscopyforum.com have often discussed this topic too, and the general concensus is that the recovery time is by the day after as long as there are no complications. i hope this helps.

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the easy part was the procedure itself... they put you to sleep and then they wake you up and you go home... I have never had any pain or discomfort from the procedure itself.


for me, I was sluggish for the rest of the day...and then felt better the next day......

I would say take 1-2 days off and you should have no problem...

hg

The prep is worse than the procedure. The laxatives were powerful, but the clear liquid diet started midnight the day before. Having nothing but sugary drinks was really rough on me as a hypoglycemic.

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I just had a colonoscopy and all went well. The next day I was scheduled to run 5 miles. I thought I shouldn't but my husband encouraged me to run 3 miles. I had my best run in a long long time and decided to run the 5 miles. That afternoon I started to have severe pain in my abdomen. I looked at my release paper and it said not to run for 3 days. Besides running and lifting, I could assume normal activity.

I had to go to the emergency room. The x-ray showed air rising in my colon. The doctor said air rises and the running must of caused the air to rise in my colon. He gave me pain meds and put me on a liquid diet.

My husband (a hillbilly) insisted I try an enema to push the air out. Relunctantly, I agreed just to get him off my back. Well, it worked and I was relieved of all my pain and resumed a regular diet the next morning.

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If your doctor recommends that at the age of 38 you should have a colonoscopy, DO IT.  Don't wait several months.  You might have to put off a run for a day or two, but if you DON'T get the colonoscopy, whatever your health problem is might get worse to the point that you can't run the CMM.  Or worse. 

Ask your doctor how soon you can run afterwards.
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Amen.  Listen to the Doctor


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