Colonoscopy time!

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Ashworthml
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   Posted 4/26/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
well went to the GI today, first time since the flexi sigmoidoscopy wasn't successful.And now he wasnts me to have a full colonoscopy,which I am really dreading!!! In some ways I was expecting him to say I would have to have one,but dreading the procedure as well as the results been as I have basically been flaring for 3 months constant now :((
Any suggestions or hints for the prepping???
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
calcium tablets, multivitamin tablets, Omega 3
Ferrous sulphate(anaemia)
levothyroxine (thyroid)
questran light (3 sachets/day), 3 monthly B12 Injections


jeanneac
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   Posted 4/26/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Why wasn't the sigmoidoscopy successful? Do you have strictures or a blockage??? That sounds suspicious.
Have you ever done the miralax prep? It is tasteless and you don't have to drink gallons of stuff. Good luck!! Nobody likes those things!
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis location: sigmoid colon with some diverticular disease as well
IBS, asthma/allergies, prediabetes, high BP, fibromyalgia, GERD
low thyroid
claritin, singulair, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal
pexeva, rolaids, pepsid (as needed)
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel


Ashworthml
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   Posted 4/26/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
when they did the sigmoidoscopy it was unsuccessful because the enema didnt work so I had stools in there, I was heavily constipated at the time, and only one enema about half an hour before i had it done! I'm not sure if I have blockages or strictures, as some days I'm constipated and other days I'm on the loo constantly.
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
calcium tablets, multivitamin tablets, Omega 3
Ferrous sulphate(anaemia)
levothyroxine (thyroid)
questran light (3 sachets/day), 3 monthly B12 Injections


tewcute
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Total Posts : 300
   Posted 4/26/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
My colonoscopy was doen with Osmoprep which are pills you take with 8oz of liquid. I had to be on a liquid diet the full day before the procedure. If you can use these pills they are a great alternative to the nasty stuff to drink. One suggestion though..you have to take 4 pills every 15 mins with a full 8oz of liquid. You can get mighty bloated on water and it can be hard to get down. I used one of the other approved liquids which was white grape apple juice and it worked great. The colonoscopy itself was nothing. I slept thru the whole thing.
Dx with crohns February 25, 2010. But suspect I had it since 2002 with very mild symptoms.
4 lialda a day.
3 entocort daily for the next few months
hyosamine for daytime
Bentyl for evening
Ferrous Sulfate(iron supplement)


Ashworthml
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   Posted 4/26/2010 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
The doctor told me they sedate you but not knock you out completely, as sometimes they need you to move,so they like you still to be responsive that you can talk to them and obviously help with the moving. I am in the UK,not sure what procedures it is for drinking the nasty stuff or taking pills.Think I would much rather take pills every 15 minutes to drinking the liquid!
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
calcium tablets, multivitamin tablets, Omega 3
Ferrous sulphate(anaemia)
levothyroxine (thyroid)
questran light (3 sachets/day), 3 monthly B12 Injections


chrons4083
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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 4/26/2010 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
my doc finally said he doesnt make his patients drink the liquid anymore! hooray! oh and gatorade and lemon ice are a nice thing to hold you over while fasting!
pery rectal abess 99'-almost blew out colon
misdiagnosed "u're to young, u're fine" 99'
2003-dx with chrons, went on asacol, prednisone, 6mp, remicade, flagyl, cipro, double dosage remicade
2005-so toxic, did exploratory surgery, removed 10in of distal ileum
4months later scar tissue cause bowel obstruction another surgery to remove scar tissue
2006-present- went thru remission, until 07 when it started returning with attacks
learned to control it with diet and occasional meds prednisone, bentyl, elavil
09-had an attack on my wedding day, but got married!
currently planning on getting pregnant and just got a vitamin d supplement, and waiting to be put on cimzia


Charlee
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Total Posts : 72
   Posted 4/26/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently underwent a gastroscopy and colonoscopy. They do give you a lighter sedation, but I still slept thru it. I had a prep called pica-prep. 2 glasses only the day before the procedure with a clear fluid diet only. The prep was a little salty to drink. But block your nose before you drink and that takes away most of the taste! I am in Australia, dont know where you are so Im not sure if this is an alternative for you. The pills mentioned above sound great. Either way, ask your doctor/pharmacist what is the easiest and quickest prep available.

Charlee
37y/o female from Australia
Dx: chrones April 2010
Meds: Currently : prednisone, calcium


MToronto2
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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 232
   Posted 4/26/2010 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, enough about prep. Let's talk protection!

Here's the thing, your butt hole is going to burn no matter what you drink.

Solution: Barrier cream, Penaten, or some zinc ocide ointment. Wrap your finger in plastic (or a surgical glove) dig out a large amount and do your best to get it around and inside anus.

Trust me on this, at the end you're pooping rocket fuel, which for me is as bad as drinking 4 liters of prep (hate that stuff, GoLytly my ass).

You may need to reapply, if you feel a hint of a burn, do so.

Why the doctors don't tell you about this is one of my pet peeves. It's so simple!

Oh and if I take both drugs, sometimes I just do pain killers so I can be aware and see what's going on, but if I take both, I don't remember a thing.
CD 24 years. Multiple surgeries in past 10 yrs. 4 year Illeostomy. Mesh rejection. Too close to death, twice. Large inscisional hernia. Perpetually underweight. Short bowel syndrom. Have used a variety of complementary medical therapies. Highly recommend Bowen Therapy as the best body work. Take me vites. Started Low Dose Naltrexone March 27, 2010. Got married for the only time 2008. Survive because of the love of good friends, and because I can. Happy to be alive. IBD needs more awareness and more voices willing to speak up. BE well.


Ashworthml
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 222
   Posted 4/27/2010 4:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the advice, it's all taken in ;) I am not looking forward to it in the slightest :(
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
calcium tablets, multivitamin tablets, Omega 3
Ferrous sulphate(anaemia)
levothyroxine (thyroid)
questran light (3 sachets/day), 3 monthly B12 Injections


joohana
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 4/27/2010 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, don´t worry about the prosedure, prep is always the worse thing for me. I used to be given Fortrans (4l of liquid to drink over 4 hours) and couldn´t do it-max I could was about 2,5 litres, then I couldn´t carry on without vomiting it-which didn´t clear me enough.
This time I had liquid diet for 3 days + enema. Was that a torture ! Was cooking for family+sister+brother in law who were visiting at the time and could´t eat a thing turn

The procedure itself was fine, no pain. Good luck !
Diagnosed with Crohn´s in 2005, 3 surgeries, . Pentasa 2x2, Entocort 1x2, 30 yrs old mother of two. Boy 05/2005 and girl 03/2009

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