hoping I am cleaned out enough for my colonoscopy tomorrow

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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 9/13/2010 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
Well I had to do the miralax prep this time since they took visacol and osmoprep off the market...3 hours into the drinking of the stuff I vomited 6 times.  The doc office wanted me to drive 45 miles to his office to get reglan to drink more...I informed them I cant even sip water I am not getting any more prep down.  I know in the past at old offices when preps (all the drinkable ones always make me vomit) they would finish cleaning me out at the procedure.
 
I was informed they would turn me away if I am not having clear stools when I get there.  My thing is I am mostly going clear with slight residue and he has me using fleet enimas 2 of the ones premade then filling the bottles with water and using that til it goes clear.  I thought I needed 1 more at 9 only to find it had more in it than the 1 at 8.  Used another now and barely any stool came with it.  I am severely dehydrated and I know they will have to use my neck or leg for my iv tomorrow.  Should I just tell them my stool is clear and hope for the best?
 
do another enema tonight if clear go with that or should I still do another in the morning?

lamb61
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   Posted 9/14/2010 3:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you're having such a rough time with the prep. That's the one that I can get mostly down before the vomiting sets in. If you are mostly clear, then I'd go. I'm sure this isn't the first time the doctor has to deal with so so prep.

good luck

Zanne
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   Posted 9/14/2010 5:10 AM (GMT -7)   
They should be able to suction out any remaining residue. You should be fine. I know I have gone when I wasn't sure I was clear, and they never said a word.

aronk
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   Posted 9/14/2010 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with the others--you should be fine.. The last colonoscopy I had before my first resection surgery, I was the same way.  I couldn't get the prep down without vomiting.  I was also so strictured that things didn't not move very fast AT all.  Anyway, the procedure went fine.

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 9/14/2010 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
This may be too late to help DragonFly but perhaps it will help others.
 
The cleanest colons are those that had the last cleansing w/in 6 hours of the scope being performed. More than 6 hours and the gut is producing matter and chyme and passing it into the colon.
 
I have a TERRIBLE time w/these d*mn PEG solutions - nausea, vomiting, bloating; just too much volume of liquid in too short a time contributes greatly to my problem w/them. I so much preferred PhosPho Soda or Magnesium Citrate! *sigh*
 
However, my last scope my gastro convinced me to try Half-Lytely. AND she suggested I take longer getting it down. It worked!!! In fact, the first dosing had me running clear and if I would have had a morning rather than an afternoon scope I wouldn't have needed to "do" the second dosing.
 
Half-Lytely doesn't taste quite so bad. And I do NOT chill it as I've found the chilled just makes the nausea worse and chills me to the bone.
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MayOK
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   Posted 9/14/2010 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
They took Osmoprep off the market?  When did that happen?  I just took that stuff in March for a c-scope.  Well, here's to hoping I never need another scope. 

MAG102886
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   Posted 9/14/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never been totally cleaned out for a scope, and my GI has never had an issue with it.  I do have to say though, I've had about 8 scopes and I never threw up during prep UNTIL I did the Miralax prep...I have no idea why it made me so sick.  I still prefer it thoug because it has no taste.

dragonfly137927
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   Posted 9/14/2010 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
They took the visacol and osmoprep off the market because they caused kidney damage or something along those lines (kidney disease damage I cant recall atm).
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 

Aces High
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   Posted 9/14/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I had to use Golightly for my prep...ended up only getting down half of it and vomiting twice. Luckily I was going clear at that point for about 3 hours, then all of a sudden I was getting some brown chunks mixed in and started panicking, because I disposed of the rest of the Golightly since I thought I was done. All that night I got up about 6 times and forced out as much as I could, in hopes of flushing the last remnants out. It was still slightly brown and had tiny chunks that morning of the colonoscopy. I thought I was screwed.

Ended up going to the appointment, when the nurse asked me if I was going clear I lied and said "Yep!" in fear of being turned away and going back to square one.

Had the colonoscopy and everything went fine.

Like someone said I bet they have a way of getting the rest of it out.

Good luck

Bob2222
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   Posted 1/10/2012 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have discovered a safe and more gentle product to clean out my colon. I had such a bad experience with the other products out there, cramps, throwing up, just awful. I was nervous trying this out at my last one, but my GI told me I was clean as a whistle!

The product is called 'Bioxy Cleanse', it is a natural gentle Oxygen & Magnesium powder that you drink with water then chase it with lemon juice. It is expensive around $40, but after my awful experience, this was a breeze, no cramps, no vomiting, just purging, it wasn't bad at all. It is also good for general cleansing and keeping the colon good.

I took 1 tbsp in a glass of water, 2-3 times a day, for 2 days, I started just drinking liquids the first day (not clear) then on the second, only clear.

http://www.greenalive.com/bioxy.html

Also I reversed my ulcerative colitis through cutting out sugar and taking probiotics.

Andi87
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   Posted 1/11/2012 1:31 AM (GMT -7)   
For the three colonoscopies i've had, ive never finished more than half the prep bc i get nauseaus. My stools weren't clear an had little residue, but they never had a problem. I'd go and say it was clear, thats what i do and they have never said anything.

Good luck and hope all goes well!
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mastersmom
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   Posted 1/11/2012 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess I will be the one with the nightmare story. My daughter has had many scopes, was always very sick and vomiting with the bowel prep, and worried needlessly that she was cleaned out until she had a scope at the Cleveland Clinic and they had to redo the scope the next day because they said it was not clear enough. So now you know--they actually do sometimes make you redo them and you pay twice for them too.

dragonfly137927
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   Posted 1/11/2012 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
This post just to let you all know was from Sept of 2010. Next scope for me wont be until later this year sometime since medicare only pays every 2 years
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

JavaJay
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   Posted 1/12/2012 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to give my 2 cents.
 
I also have a very hard time getting any prep down.  I am always nausous (sp?) and can't get any liquid down.  What I have done in the past and will continue to do is take multi Dulcolax pills.  I do about 4 at a time and them maybe 3-4 hours later do another 3-4.  I get really bad cramps at times but it cleans me out and because they are small I can get them down with just a sip of water.
 
I know it sounds bad to just do that, but I have yet to have my doctor say that I was to dirty to see anything.  He actually gets really good pictures of my colon.  Also since I am not drinking any colored liquids I don't have to worry if what he is looking at could be dye from the drinks.

Singing Pretty
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   Posted 9/20/2013 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Well ..... Suprep was a "Bust" for me!!!     I seemed to be pretty cleaned out after the first prep, but when I took the next one, it was all brown again.     Seemed to be ok after a few hours, but by morning when I went, it was all brown again.    What was totally high up must have finally worked it's way down.      I called the doctor this morning and she said to come in anyway, that they can do irrigation  and work that way.      Well ... after the colonoscopy, she  told me that the whole colon was coated with feces.    She had to constantly hose it and look for polyps.     She found two pre-cancerous ones on the right.    She also said most pre-cancerous ones are on the right.    She removed them, but because I was not clean, I have to come back in ONE year!!!   OMG ... I can't imagine doing this all over again!
 
Needless to say, I will not be doing the Suprep again.    That's ok ..... the Glycol stuff has no taste and Suprep tastes like poison.   However .... I will have to drink a gallon of that stuff.    But ... she said that is the reason it cleans so well.   You need the high volume of water to constantly move it through the colon.   I did get the shakes with Glycol, but I didn't drink the Gatorade.   But I found Propel replenishes and it doesn't have the terrible saltiness that Gatorade has.
 
So .... see  you one year from now.

Singing Pretty
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   Posted 9/20/2013 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
JavaJay said...
I just wanted to give my 2 cents.
 
I also have a very hard time getting any prep down.  I am always nausous (sp?) and can't get any liquid down.  What I have done in the past and will continue to do is take multi Dulcolax pills.  I do about 4 at a time and them maybe 3-4 hours later do another 3-4.  I get really bad cramps at times but it cleans me out and because they are small I can get them down with just a sip of water.
 
I know it sounds bad to just do that, but I have yet to have my doctor say that I was to dirty to see anything.  He actually gets really good pictures of my colon.  Also since I am not drinking any colored liquids I don't have to worry if what he is looking at could be dye from the drinks.
 
Just wondering .... why would you want to only get them down with just a sip of water?    Water will help flush everything out.    It's only the day of the colonoscopy that you can only have a sip of water with pills.    And you wouldn't be taking Ducolax pills at that point.

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 9/20/2013 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
ALL colonoscopy "preppers" MUST keep in mind how vital it is to drink LOTS and LOTS of clear liquids regardless which prep they use!!!!!!

Dehydration is a SERIOUS and DANGEROUS risk we take no matter which scope prep we use. DRINK, DRINK, DRINK!!!
Crohn's symptoms began mid-1975; Dx'd at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, early 1976; resection of 18" mid-ileum early 1978; 20 year total remission; symptomatic remission 1998 to current.

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minnietoty
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   Posted 9/20/2013 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry that the scope didn't go on well. My GI asks me to follow a certain regime which has been successful for 4 times now (knock wood). Before starting the prep, I have to take a Zofran injection as nausea would quickly hit in. I have to start taking 4 tablets of laxative tablets like Dulcolax, then half an hour later, I drink 250 ml of the gallon. Last year, I couldn't tolerate the gallon and threw it up. Called my GI and he suggested I take another anti-vomiting injection and take magnesium citrate solved in a litre of water every half an hour as far as I can remember. Then, I have to take other 4 tablets of the laxative. (The old plan included taking another 250 ml of the gallon after an hour). Almost 3 hrs later, I have to take a fleet enema. This will be repeated again after some other hrs. This makes me sleep in the bathroom as I might have around 50 trips to the toilet. During the preparation, I'm allowed to drink either lemon soda or water to keep hydrated. Then I have to fast for 8 hrs before the colonoscopy. Of course, I become drained but this clears things out. I consider this to be a very aggressive prep but my GI likes it. I had another scope in another city and they thought the magnesium citrate was enough in addition to a clear liquid diet for 2 days.
I think that as far as they have found pre-cancerous cells, why don't you have a enterocolonography CT esp. that your doc mentioned that she couldn't see your colon clearly. This CT does, unfortunately, include a prep similar to that of a colonoscopy but it is for you to make sure everything is ok there.
Take care :)
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Singing Pretty
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   Posted 9/21/2013 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
As far as drinking tons of fluids, I did do that. I drank soda, Propel, water, two bowls of chicken broth, etc. all day long, so it wasn't that I didn't drink enough of that stuff after the Suprep. But for some reason, the Glycol (antifreeze)stuff worked better and was tasteless (unlike Suprep). I guess I will go back to that. As for the Ducolax tablets, enemas (which doesn't go that far up) and all the other stuff, that's just too much for my little head to keep straight. Just give me one thing to do, and then drink whatever I want the rest of the time. lol

Wouldn't you think the hospital (or gastroenterologists) could come up with doing some kind of colonics on you right before the procedure (two hours ... whatever it takes) so you are totally cleaned out with minimal effort on your part, or ....... doesn't it reach that high up?

Still having diarrhea today. Ate a nice meal at the restaurant after the procedure, and then again last night. I didn't care if it went right through me. I wanted FOOD!!
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