I have a dilemma. Time for some caregiving fun....
My mother in law, who is in her mid-80's, got her annual physical last week. Her doctor, who is a new doctor to her (her family doctor of many years retired last year), wants her to get a colonoscopy.
There is no medical problem leading to this request.
The last time she had one (7 years ago) she experienced a lot of discomfort. But, more importantly, she has mobility issues. She's supposed to use a walker. Her balance is terrible. Her bathroom is upstairs from her living area and she has a bad knee.
I've had a colonoscopy twice and also had to do the same prep once for a different exam. So I know "the prep drill" all too well. So I know what an ordeal it would be for her. I honestly do not know if she would be able to complete it. At her age, I wouldn't be too crazy about the sedation, either.
I understand the doctor considered a virtual colonoscopy, but said Medicare wouldn't pay for it. (He's right - I checked.) I also read up on virtual colonoscopies. According to what I read, she only misses the sedation fun, not the prep fun. Still has to prep. If they find anything,she needs the regular one, so has to prep again. Ugh.
I know none of my readers can give medical advice. So, I am asking: where can I get RELIABLE information to see if she really should go through this ordeal?
Or, if there is an "alternative" type of prep that could be done? (she lives near a major metropolitan area).
I've done some reading indicating an age 85 cut off for this test.
Can my readers help me research this? There is so much unreliable medical information on the Internet.
Have you ever questioned a test a doctor wants to give?