Starting my colonoscopy prep in an hour

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scared2getsick
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   Posted 11/18/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all.

I am about to start my colonoscopy prep at 6pm (EST). I am using MOVIPREP. I have never done this before and was wondering if you guys could give me some encouraging words and/or advice. Please no bad stuff!!! I am a little freakout about this prep stuff. Thanks guys. I also have to have an endoscopy. smhair smhair smhair smhair smhair smhair smhair
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   Posted 11/18/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I do not know what moviprep is. I had to use Colyte which is a gallon of water with dissolved powder in it. Had to drink 8 oz. every 10 minutes. I found if I drank it fast then went for a walk around the block, then drank the next one, then another walk it worked faster. I was pooping after only the third dose. And the walking kept me from getting nauseaus. I was totally cleaned out and pooping clear after only glass 7. Only took me a few hours. It was actually the easiest thing I ever did.

Then the doc really knocked me out for the colonoscopy. I knew nothing. Passed gas after. Went out to eat and slept real well that night. THen the next day pooped a LOT. some of the Colyte was left over in me I guess. Plus I laughed all day. Still had some of the fentanyl and versed meds in me too. All in all a happy experience. Colon was fine too.

Wait to hear from a moviprep person thought, but that was my happy story. Good luck. Rosemary

scared2getsick
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   Posted 11/18/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much esoR. SO far, I have had two 8 ounce doses. Actually, so far it isn't bad at all. (knock on wood). It is very salty tasting but much like airborne. I am finding ice in the glass, a straw and a swing of cold apple juice after cuts the taste very well. I am also holding my nose until I have drank the apple juice. So far so good. I have only had one bowel movement so far. My mom is making fun of me because I have the tv and macbook in the bathroom with me. So far, I have not been stuck. I just finished folding and putting away a few loads of laundry. I am sure it is coming though. Thanks for the help!!! Having a big snuggly bernese mountain dog puppy vhecvking on me helps too.
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   Posted 11/18/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you. Just keep active in between doses and you'll be fine. You will need all that stuff in the bathroom with you because after awhile you will be confined to the bathroom. But it's just watery diarrhea and starting BM's so soon after only 2 glasses is great, that means it won't take long and you won't bloat up as stool is already starting to pass. Just be absolutely sure to keep taking it until you've had at least 3 totally clear passages of clear water from your rectum. (By passing clear liquid I mean, It will be yellow tinged when you are done; it will never be totally clear like water because you have digestive juices in you that are yellowish.)

Yeah, you're doing great. Rosemary

scared2getsick
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   Posted 11/18/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Rosemary. I have taken all four doses now and seem to be doing pretty well. I do have liquid now and am just waiting to finish up. i am hoping to be done in the next little while. I also am hoping that b/c i am clear now that I won't have to drink too much at 4am. We shall see. No cramping or nausea at all. So far this has been really easy provided what it is. Thanks for the support. i need it!!!
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esoR
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   Posted 11/18/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad I could be of help. :-) Rosemary

scared2getsick
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   Posted 11/19/2009 2:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Well so far so good...I am up now taking my 4am round of Moviprep before the procedure at 8. I am amazed at how easy this has been so far. Right, now I just want to get in bed and go to sleep more than anything. My tailbone and bank are sore from sitting on the toliet for so long, but all in all. I am ok. I just want the day to be done!!!
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esoR
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   Posted 11/19/2009 3:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with the procedure. Remember ask for lots of fentanyl and versed. You will sleep like a baby and sleep all day and all tomorrow night. I never heard of having to do a 4 a.m. prep. I did mine all the night before and at least slept the night before. You must be exhausted. (I have a sleep issue and wake up at 3-5 a.m. then usually go back to sleep until 8 a.m. or so. that is why I'm answering so "early" in the a.m.) Rosemary

scared2getsick
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   Posted 11/19/2009 3:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the advice. They are putting me completely under since I have reactions to versed. Thanks for all the help. Funny enough, I am ok all things considered, though I do wish I could go back to bed. This is called a split prep. Once at 6pm and then again at 4pm.
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Marsky
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   Posted 11/19/2009 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I might have to ask my doctor for this prep. No nausea, no cramping huh?

I have used Fleet's Phospho-soda the most but the second dose is extremely hard to get down and keep down.

I only used Magnesium Citrate once (for my colostomy takedown surgery). That was a 2 day prep - ugh!

Only trouble would be I know I couldn't do a 4 am prep, that's too close to an appt time. I think I'd still be i the bathroom, even if it was just water at the end. Any laxative has a very powerful effect on me, even the contrast you drink for cat scans clean me out like a bowel prep.

Good luck with your procedures. Check in with us and let us know the results.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


Aurora60
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   Posted 11/19/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Scared, it sounds like you are doing well with your prep.  Using a straw really helps and drinking 8 oz fairly fast helps to avoid the taste. You can do this, its really not as bad as some would have you think. The actual colonoscopy is not bad at all. They will give you anesthetic and you will probably fall asleep and it will be all over. I have had 2 colonoscopies and they were pretty easy. The second prep was easier because I first took 4 dulcolax tablets and then drank about half of the gallon of liquid. Good luck, I know you will be fine.

Aurora


scared2getsick
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   Posted 11/19/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
So I am all done and home!!! Ive been sleeping for several hours and am now having some soup and sierra mist. I still have a little gurgling and some gas, but seem to be doing well. I am 33 and female. Here is what the doctor's notes say. Will know more in 7-10 days.
Should i be terrified? Doctor says the stomach biopsy was to check for ciliacs, but i eat a ton of chips and fries and don't have problems. I am 5 4 and around 135
Colonoscopy:
ileum was normal
diverticulosis in the sigmoid colon
three appear to be benign polyps in the rectum (removed and biopsied)
melanosis in the colon
decreased muscosa vascular pattern in the entire colon.
another colonoscopy in five years

Endoscopy:
no gross lesions in durdenum
LA Grade A refulux espohagitis: biiopsied
gastritis:biposied
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Aurora60
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   Posted 11/19/2009 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scared, read your post. Glad your colonoscopy went well.  I see you mentioned you have diverticulosis in your sigmoid colon. I recently had colon resection surgery due to complicated diverticulitis with an abcess and a perforated colon. They removed my entire sigmoid colon. I am mentioning this because the diverticulosis means you have the possibility to form diverticulitis pockets where food can get trapped and cause infection. Be careful of the things you eat. Some of the things that are bad for you are nuts, popcorn, any seeds such as sesame or caraway and believe it or not the small seeds in strawberries and raspberries are very bad. Because these seeds are small they can cling to the diverticulosis and not wash out of your colon and bowel. I learned the hard way. Be sure to drink a lot of water - at least 8 8oz glasses a day as this helps clear out your system.  I just want you to be aware of precautions to take so you stay healthy. I'm sure it would be helpful to talk over these things regarding diet with your Dr. Wishing you the best.
 
Aurora

Marsky
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   Posted 11/19/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband had this diagnosis - diverticulosis. He has to eat a high fiber diet, reduce his fat intake, have yogurt each day, along with fresh fruit and take Metamucil each night. If he does all of these things he has no trouble whatsoever. But if he strays from these things he has difficult bm's and sometimes blood in the toilet bowl. He had one benign polyp. We're watching his diet carefully, it's fairly easy, he has whole grain, brown rice now, whole grain bread, whole grain pasta when I make pasta, fresh berries each day, etc. I'm on the opposite diet for fiber but we each can enjoy what works for us.

He was told he didn't have to avoid nuts, seeds, corn, tomatoes, that's for diverticulitis. People tend to get the two diagnoses mixed up.

The thing that helps him the most is the nightly Yoplait yogurt with fresh fruit and a glass of Metamucil.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


esoR
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   Posted 11/19/2009 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Glad it went well. Am not familiar with the terms but your doc will explain. You will likely sleep well again tonight. Sweet dreams. Rosemary
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