And update: I got my results back yesterday. I’m all clear for another 10 years, but, wow, that was such a process. Worth it though for some peace of mind.
@Jim26 - From the sources I’ve read, they’ll definitely remove a polyp because those can become cancerous. If they take them, they also test them. In my case, the updated procedure report didn’t say it was a polyp, but it was something that looked different enough that the doc felt doing a biopsy was the right thing to do.
The point of going in is to take samples of anything that they see that doesn’t look normal.
My frustration isn’t the biopsy. It’s being told I was all clear, getting a procedure report that also give me an all clear, and then getting a follow-up phone call where the nurse didn’t tell me immediately that I’d had a biopsy. Post-op, in my case, was just sloppy.
However, the whole point of doing a colonoscopy is exactly that: having them go in, look around, and test if needed. Biopsies are standard if they find something that doesn’t look normal, and, rightly so, they seem to err on the side of testing whatever doesn’t look right. I just wasn’t told the day of the procedure that they’d done one. It’s a great medical center though, so I know I’m under the care of some of the best doctor’s around. I have to take the good with the bad, and if this the extent of the bad, I’m still very lucky.
@Cyclinglady - yeah. I’ve seen a lot of type 1s who also have celiac disease. I’m glad they were able to figure it out for you. Thanks for warning people to be aware of it too.