Colonoscopy recovery not going good

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Doc2007
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   Posted 3/20/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
So I had my colonoscopy on Weds. But it seems to have set me back. I am still having D. And now there is traces of blood assuming from the biopsies and polyp removal. And now Im having rectal pain as well, Cramping is coming back slowly as well.
 
Can I attribute this to the Moviprep and the laxative and the scope? Or could the procedure have stressed my already distressed colon?
 
Spoke with nurse this AM to tell her about symptoms...Dr. is suppose to call me back.

catpower
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   Posted 3/20/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I've only had 2 colonoscopies, but each one stressed out my insides and made my flare worse. Hopefully you're stomach will calm down, and it's a good thing you called your dr.
Dx with Crohn's Colitis; Meds: Pred and Imuran; female in late 20s.


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   Posted 3/20/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I usually feel worse for about 2-3 days after my c-scopes. The prep just tears me up.
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Doc2007
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   Posted 3/20/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the feedback! I am really concerend because I was on the side of feeling better...all be it slowly. I had been off work for two weeks. came back monday had scope on Wednesday...and now I feel as bad as I did before I left work...when I was actually feeling good all of last week.

I will give it the weekend unless my dr says otherwise...I just dont know what else he can do for me...Im on pred and 6 mp...6mp isnt going to kick in for some time...so its up to the pred to do its job...this is my 3rd week on it.

MikeB
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   Posted 3/20/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Everyone seems to react differently to the scope prep and procedure. I find the bowel rest for the day before settles me down, but others will say the prep just makes things worse for a while. As for the bleeding, if you had biopsies and especially polypectomy, that's normal for up to 7 days after. The thing to watch for is fever, bloating, severe abdominal pain and/or excessive bleeding. Sounds like you are having none of those. Sometimes if it stirs you up a good tactic is partial bowel rest for a few days with rice, soft bland food, etc. And it can take a few days for you to get back on any kind of a regular bowel routine since you went so long with no input from above except the purgative.

Doc2007
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   Posted 3/20/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks MikeB...Its great to get this kind of feedback. As I mentioned It just really is making me nervous...I guess because I have had 5 socpes inmy life and dont remember being this down. Anyhow The dr called and said If I don not improve in another week he wants to talk biologicals...I just never thought I would get to this point. I have done so well throughout the last 15 years and have managed through each flare but this one is so darn persitant....biologicals just require such a life adjustment and planning around medication....

annyb
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   Posted 3/20/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a self proclamed professional colonscopy patient. I have to have one every 2-3 months. When I walk into the office it is like Norm walking into the Cheers bar. Anyway, I have also had the kinds of issues that you are describing. My doctors have always been concerned about fever as a big indicator of a problem. Have you heard back from your doctor yet?
Crohn's Disease - 29 years
Diagnosed at age 10 in 1979
1st ileosecal resection 1989
2nd colon resection 1993
Chronic "D" and arthritis
Chronic rectal stricture with colonoscopy every 3 months to dialate
Insomnia since 1980 - I love my ambien!
 
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Doc2007
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   Posted 3/20/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes the dr called and said just monitor the blood over the weekend and if it progresses call attending GI. He said he will touch base with me on Monday. If I start declining or do not get better that is considered "Fail" with prednisone , I have been on it for 3 weeks.

He said after he will give the pred another week to help me go into remission if no progress then we are moving on to biologicals...that would be either Remicade or Humira I guess I dont know of any others.

Wolfie40
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   Posted 3/21/2009 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm like Nanners. The prep usually does a number on me for a few days to a week.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


Nanners
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   Posted 3/21/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Wondering how you are feeling today doc? I was wondering if you were feeling any better yet?

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Doc2007
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   Posted 3/21/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I am feeling better this morning. I actually went to the rest room last night before bed and I passed a little bloody pieces of stool and then a bad cramp and then a formed solid stool with no blood...What a relief...That took the edge off...however The prednisone did a number on me last night combined with the complications I was already having I had a bad bad attack of depression yesterday and anxiety...I ran into the bathroom and started hyperventalating! It was crazy...lucky for my I have xanax...I took a pill and just stayed in the bathroom for about 45 minutes...ended up showering and calming down...but what a mental case...my partner had me call the on call GI and talk to him. He didnt tell me anything I didnt know...

Bane
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   Posted 3/21/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I've lost track of the number of colonoscopies ive had. Probably somewhere between 6 and 8. Anyway, I always feel terrible afterwards, but a nice big meal of food I know my guts won't object to always helps. I always go to sleep early the night after. For the next few days, I always have gas, and frequently bloody stool. It's always cleared up by the 4th or 5th day, assuming im not flaring.
21, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

(not really)


Blossom
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   Posted 3/21/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

Sorry to hear about your post-colonoscopy problems.  Whenever I have either a colonoscopy or a barium swallow, it always take about 7-10 days for my intestinal tract to go back to normal.  I will generally experience some diarrhea, then constipation, then back to diarrhea, bloating, gas, etc.

Glad you're doing better.

 


54 year old female;
 
Have had Crohn's of terminal ileum for over 9 yrs, but finally accepted diagnosis when it was confirmed Feb. 2008.
 
Allergic/hypersensitivity to Pentasa, Entocort, and 6-MP.  Recently started Humira in December.

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