Colonoscopy during Small Intesting Flare?

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   Posted 11/8/2009 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm scheduled to have a colonscopy and due to start prep tomorrow, but have been having small intesting issues (right lower quadrant pain, weakness and some nausea).  My previous GI had wanted to wait till my small bowel "settled" but I'm not sure when that will happen, and the colonoscopy is needed given some of my symptoms. The question is both whether the prep can further inflame the small intestine and whether the procedure itself (or the anesthesia) could.  Anyone have similar concerns? I also have an umbilical hernia, I hope that doesn't make a difference...

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   Posted 11/9/2009 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I would think I would rather have one during a flare so they can tell what area is being affected. I had one during a flare and the doctor could tell where all the inflammation and ulcers were at.

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   Posted 11/9/2009 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was first diagnosed with crohn's, I was in very bad health. I got the diagnosis through a colonoscopy. I imagine this is pretty common.
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   Posted 11/9/2009 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
My last colonoscopy was during a pretty horrid flare in my small intestines.  My biggest advice is when doing the prep, go by what it tells you.  Like.. it said that if I didn't have a BM within 6 hours of taking it, to go to the ER immediately.  Granted I hit the five hour thirty minute mark LOL and it was scary, it did end up happening.  It did hurt more than normal and I did bloat up alot more than normal, but in the end it helped find the problem and set us up with a plan of action.  If you're really concerned about it, I'd talk to you doc and see what they have to say about it :). 

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   Posted 11/9/2009 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Whether I would be willing to go thru a colonoscopy prep during a small intestine flare would depend ENTIRELY on what was expected to be accomplished or learned from it.

A CT Enterography reveals MORE about the ENTIRE small intestine than a colonoscopy that can AT BEST only examine a few inches of the terminal small intestine. Granted, biopsies can't be taken w/a CTE but it also doesn't require an intestinal irritating prep either.

The doctor would have to do a LOT of convincing me BEFORE "I" would agree to one during a small intestine flare. But then I've never had any colon involvement. It never hurts to keep in mind that our gastros make more money off a scope than they do a CTE, a SBFT or an office visit.
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   Posted 11/9/2009 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
NY-CD said...
The question is both whether the prep can further inflame the small intestine and whether the procedure itself (or the anesthesia) could. Anyone have similar concerns?

Hey NY-CD, I had a colonoscopy to diagnose my Crohns in July and after having a anesthetic issues 14 months earlier (didn't wake up after a GA) so i had issues to get answered to, but in australia it is done by twilight, so it is not actually an anesthetic it is a drowsy drug where you have no idea what is going on but with it enough to be safe.

I always feared a colonoscopy and after having one I would have no hesitation to do so again if ever required, it was most certainly not what I have envisioned.

As for the state of your stomach, I had been passing only blood for 4 weeks straight and couldn't sit down (only some of my issues) and the gastro had me in the hospital for a colonoscopy within 3 days..

Just don't eat tomatoes, grains or red/purple coloured drinks. You were probably given a list anyway with what and what not to have.

So in my opinion NO it should not further inflame your intestine, and as it is not and actual anesthetic that wont harm either :) (oh and if it is a GA it should have no effect on your intestines either)

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   Posted 11/9/2009 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   

I had a barium enema, SBF, and a colonoscopy a week after being diagnosised with a complete blockage. That was 3 days of prep back to back. It is probably the sickest I have even been and not in the hospital. But the good news was that I had a diagnosis and was able to be treated properly.


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