Prep Advice...please

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WantRelief
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   Posted 8/18/2007 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I am having a colonoscopy on Thursday and I will be doing the osmo prep pills.  Do you all have any advice on what to do to make it as tolerable as possible? My appt is at 7am Thursday morning.
30year old female
CD of Terminal Illeum and Rectum Diagnosed 12/04
Current Meds: Pentasa,Entocort,Canasa Suppositories,Protonix


dragonfly137927
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   Posted 8/18/2007 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I use the visicol tablets (not sure if they are the same). I found chicken broth and tea helped the cramping. I used apple juice last time to take with the pills, before when it was 40 pills instead of 28 you use to have to take all of it with ginger ale. Just remeber dont have any clears that are red. You may want to get those charmin wet wipes in the toilet paper isle makes cleaning up less irritating than just plain TP. GL with your prep and test
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
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 8/18/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Before doing any prep, it's always best to try and stick with a mostly liquid type diet for 2 days before prepping, this cuts way down on the cramping as there's very little solid food left in you that has to come rushing out so quickly from the prep...having solid food in you being quickly broken down into D and rushing out of you is where the major cramping comes from.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


karendee
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   Posted 8/18/2007 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with pb4, I ate very easy to digest foods so they would be easier on the way out :)
Also, find some hard candies you like to suck on. I thought that helped me a lot when I felt nauseous.

good luck!
Karen

 ...

Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & ENTOCORT

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Cyclobenzaprine (generic of Flexeril)

Also taking Multivitamins, B Vitamis, Biotin, and Extra Folic Acid. (might add more when I do more research)


vadreamer1
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   Posted 8/18/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
The prep pills were a horrid experience for me. It was a couple of months b4 I had surgery. Got deathly sick at the end. Vomited so much it ended bright red. I called the doctor on call and he wanted me to go to the ER. I said no way. I'm poooping every five minutes and you want me to go to the ER? Where I'd have to not only stop 5 or 6 times on the way to poop, but also have to poop in a public bathroom. Toughed it out, had the colonoscopy the next day. The Go-Lytly is nasty, but I have found it easier to tolerate.

As for the pills. Well you have 5 or 8 pills every 15 minutes with the 8 oz of water. To be followed by a can of ginger ale. The ginger ale did me in.

I HOPE you do better than I did.

dragonfly137927
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   Posted 8/18/2007 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
you no longer have to use ginger ale after each group of pills. They say to use it at the end of the 28 now. I had to use the pills to fix me cuz I was so constipated. I drank a bottle of apple juice with the 28 pills and all came out as the DR wanted (till it was clear)
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
 
 


brit tuck
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   Posted 8/18/2007 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had to use the pills, just the gallon of the go-lytely prep. I'm not sure if your doctor requested the pills for a reason, but I've told my doc I couldn't take the pills since I had class and stuff I had to do on the day of the prep. If you can, I would suggest doing the drinking prep. It's not fun either, but I feel like for some reason it's a bit easier on me than what I've heard from family members who did the pills. Regardless of all that, get plenty of juices and popsicles and broth. You won't want much to eat or drink, but you need to keep hydrated. I hope everything goes well for you next week. Good luck!

Sharann
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   Posted 8/18/2007 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Never used it but want to say good luck! LEt us know how it went too! :-)
I am a Certified Doxie Lover(Weinerdogs)


crohnie42
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   Posted 8/19/2007 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
The visicol pills are much much better than the Crap-lytley IMO. Much gentler on the tummy
Michele
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
Female Dx'ed with Crohns Disease in 1992
Been on every med for crohns that exists
Several Fistula surgeries
Dx'ed with Colon Rectal Cancer March 2007
Dx'ed with Stage 2 Vulvar VIN
On Chemo and Radiation for 6 weeks


Allison_82
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   Posted 8/19/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
The last time I had a colonscopy I took Visicol tabs for the prep, and it was hard for me as I was supposed to drink a whole glass of water with each dose of tabs. I found myself pretty nauseated from all of the liquid, but that could have also been because I was in a severe flare at the time.

The time before that I used Fleets PhosphoSodas, and I recommend those to anyone around me who has to do a bowel prep. They're just six little bottles of a liquid that you drink in some sort of liquid, like ginger ale or apple juice (I'd recommend choosing something that isn't your favorite, because they could ruin it for you). They're not the tastiest, but found them easy to tolerate and fast-acting...I was able to get some sleep the night before my procedure. With the Visicol it took them some time to work and I ended up being up all night in the bathroom instead of sleeping.

I do wish you the best of luck!!!! Colonoscopies are never fun, but they're important and usually come with some bit of important news, eh?

Cheers,
Allison
Allison
24 year-old female, Dx in 7/2005 with CD and Crohn's colitis
Rx: Asacol 4.8 gms/day (12 tablets!), Imuran 100 mg/day, Canasa suppositories
Pregnant with Baby #1!

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