Going for my FIRST Sig Flex, problem w/ the enema issue...

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elexis
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   Posted 3/28/2010 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok the problem is, is that I have to give myself 2 fleet enemas at the endo center.....How do I do this? I mean I can't really lay down in a public bathroom floor...So I'm really upset and don't know what to do! it is about 1hr 1/2 away from my home so I was told to come early to give myself the enema but I have never given myself one to begin with and when I looked at the package i realized this is going to be quite interesting. Has anyone been in this predicament? I wonder if they have a separate room for this and not just using the public restroom floor.....Thanks! 

chroniemomx2
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   Posted 3/28/2010 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
If it is anything like our endo center here, you will have your own private room with a bed and a toilet in it.  BUT I would call and ask...could be interesting if you don't. 

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 3/28/2010 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
i always did it at home a few hours before the exam. considering you may be on some kind of partial fast and maybe took some other stuff as well, i think using them at home an hour or two before you have to leave should not be a problem. the flex sigmoid does not go that far up, but far enough to make you never want to go to prison! ha ha ha ha ha
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


hld4good
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   Posted 3/28/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Crazy Harry. You will be on liquids for at least a day. I'd do it before leaving home and call the endo clinic. And I am glad to see the Maker's Diet helping someone else.
Age 58, Crohn's since age 21
3 bowel resections, 1980,88,95
1 fistula repair, 2005
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elexis
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   Posted 3/28/2010 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow...I wasn't told to go on a liquid diet for the day! I was told it was nothing like a colonoscopy so I didn't need to...Holy smokes now I'm upset. I may take a few laxetives tonight because I wasn't told to do anything special except since I live a bit far to come early and bring the enemas ....She said "It wouldn't be the first time a patient had to do this" Oh boy..I hope they have a special room for this..UGH!Thanks everyone

Hopefully I'll live though this....Which I know I will! Been through worse....
Dx. w/ Crohn's Disease May 2000
Meds: Asacol 400MG, Imuran 50mg, RemicadeHumira
Small Bowel Resection November 2008

Dx w/ Hypothyroid 2001
Medication: Levoxyl 88MCG
Factor Five Leiden
 


mkl11
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   Posted 3/28/2010 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck elexis and let us know how it goes! I'm sure they will be as accommodating as possible.

I too am getting my first flexsig on Tuesday, but fortunately live close to the center. I'm currently stressed because I'm quite constipated and I don't know if I'll be able to get regular before Tuesday.

For those who have had a flexsig done, what's it like? Do they give you ANYTHING at all to relax/numb you?
21 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007

Symptoms currently under control with Humira and a wheat-free, processed food-free diet. Beginning to have symptoms of GERD...


ivy6
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   Posted 3/28/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
A nurse usually gives me my enema. I just don't have the hand strength to do it myself. Could you ring and ask if someone could administer it for you?

btw, I've had lots of sigs done without a liquid diet the day before: just the normal fasting a couple of hours before the anaesthetic.

All the best for tomorrow,

Ivy.
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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 3/28/2010 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
talk to your doc before you get freaked out - every doc gives a slightly different prep. you may just not be able to eat (ie be on liquids) for like 8-12 hours before the exam, so basically skipping breakfast if you schedule it right.

they give you NOTHING in terms of sedation or anesthesia. not even a bite plate. it sucks. in most cases it is less than a minute (but feels like an eternity).
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


elexis
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   Posted 3/28/2010 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks I have to be there very early tomorrow so I'll deal with it. But I took some lax'es just in case. never can tell anymore....

mkl11, I have been trying to figure that one out myself and allot of PPL say they never get anything and do fine, others differ. I was told at first that I wouldn't need anything from the Clinical trial Nurse but when it was scheduled I was told to bring someone to drive me home afterward because of the anesthesia....so I don't know what's happening...This was scheduled on friday and since it's a move it, move it type of situation I didn't get to ask any IMPORTANT questions! UGH....

Thanks everyone and I'll keep ya posted!
Dx. w/ Crohn's Disease May 2000
Meds: Asacol 400MG, Imuran 50mg, RemicadeHumira
Small Bowel Resection November 2008

Dx w/ Hypothyroid 2001
Medication: Levoxyl 88MCG
Factor Five Leiden
 


elexis
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   Posted 3/30/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I survived...HehE...They did not have a separate room for doing the enemas but I managed and also I too think they provide no sedation but I did recieve Sedation...I overheard the hurse asking my dr and he wanted me to have the sedation. Hey Since I'm in the clinical trial someone is paying for Just not me! But thanks everyone it was a BIT embarressing to say the least but it's over....
Dx. w/ Crohn's Disease May 2000
Meds: Asacol 400MG, Imuran 50mg, RemicadeHumira
Small Bowel Resection November 2008

Dx w/ Hypothyroid 2001
Medication: Levoxyl 88MCG
Factor Five Leiden
 
Starting my First Clinical Trial of Vedolizumab (MLN0002)
First dose is April 2, 2010 (Hoping for a miracle)


FallColors
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   Posted 3/30/2010 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad it is over and went well!! Sometimes I think the stress and worry leading up to the test are worse than the test itself. Hopefully there won't be a next time, but if there is, you will know all about it.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


mkl11
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   Posted 3/30/2010 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Good to hear, elexis!

I just returned from mine--I did not receive sedation and was surprised about how easy it was. The most painful part was when they took a few biopsies, but that really wasn't bad at all. FallColors is right--the worst part was worrying about it for the past week!
21 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007

Symptoms currently under control with Humira and a wheat-free, processed food-free diet. Beginning to have symptoms of GERD...

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