anxious second timer for colonoscopy

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youngcolonpt
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   Posted 8/7/2010 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
If anyone could send me a reply I'd appreciate it. I know I'm being a huge baby about
 
this but after reading some of the forums on here, I'm kind of freaking out still about
 
 my first time taking the moviprep. I'm so confused and worried I won't be able to get
 
it down! People have said it tastes like furniture polish or flat 7up. I'm going in for
 
my second colonoscopy for the second time because the doctor found a big benign
 
polpy. Now there is no record of colon cancer in my family, but after finally my mom
 
begging me to go see someone about my stomach troubles when I eat greasy foods
 
and get painful stomach aches I went in for a double endo and colonoscopy last year.
 
Doctor felt my colon wasn't clean out enough and he wants to make sure he doesn't
 
miss anything. I sure could use some helpful tips on how to handle swigging down
 
the moviprep. I go in for it next Thursday. The inpatient pharmacy said it was okay
 
to add crystal light lemonade powder but after I made the movi prep and then add it.
 
HELP ME!! Please......

Marsky
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   Posted 8/8/2010 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had that prep but you may want to post your questions on a more active board, the Ulcerative Colitis or Ostomy forums are both very active. Most members here are extremely helpful, even if you don't have an ostomy or UC, they'll answer your questions.

I know that some people like to chill their preps (whatever they may be), they claim they go down better than way.

All I know is I have to chug mine (I've mostly taken the Fleet's Phospho Soda and once for surgery Citrate Magnesium, all total about 11 times). I chase my prep with a glass of grape cool-aid, I then have my toothbrush ready with toothpaste on it, and follow all of this with a stick of gum. Be careful of course not to swallow the gum (that's obvious).

Let's hope others see your topic on the IBS forum and respond.

Finally I wish the US would approve of the prep everyone in Canada prefers to use, it tastes like Tang and goes down easy (Pilex or something like that....).

Good luck! Oh BTW, your doctor seems very thorough, sounds to me like you're in excellent hands.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg, twice daily + Probiotic: Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily

youngcolonpt
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   Posted 8/8/2010 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Marsky, I know I am. He's a quiet and not much of a personal doctor but he gets the job done!

shawn12
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   Posted 8/8/2010 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had four colonoscopies. Doing the prep bites but its the only way. I haven't had that prep though.
 

MoviPrep - Bowel Prep

MoviPrep is a prescription medicine a person drinks before a colonoscopy. The liquid, polyethylene glycol (also called PEG), flushes waste from the colon, allowing the physician to get a clear view of the colon wall during the colonoscopy procedure. Drinking this liquid before the colonoscopy is called the bowel preparation (bowel prep) or colonoscopy preparation (colon prep).

There are several liquid PEG bowel preps available, but many require people to drink 4 liters of the prep solution. MoviPrep is different, because it only requires them to drink 2 liters of the prep solution. While it requires the patient to drink less solution, MoviPrep is similar in its effectiveness to 4–liter liquid preps.

Many PEG colon–prep regimens are plagued by bad–tasting liquids, but 86% of people who took MoviPrep rated the taste "acceptable" or "satisfactory."1 MoviPrep also does not require the use of bisacodyl tablets, thus avoiding bisacodyl–associated abdominal cramping.

 

http://www.salix.com/products/moviprep/

You can also ask a pharmist questions as well.

Hopefully you be fine and it won't be too bad.

 

 


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Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.

nervymeg
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   Posted 8/8/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiya!

I have done it a few times and yes it is a bit salty and yukky; but if you have a good book (or a TV in the loo) it's all good. I am a huge sook about anything re my body so you are not alone. You will be okay! If I can do !!!!
Take care and know I am thinking of you :-)
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   Posted 8/8/2010 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
You are not a baby!!!! You are human xxxx turn
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Dagger
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   Posted 8/8/2010 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Taste it before you add anything to it, it might not be so bad. If you don't like it, add a bit of flavoring to some of the liquid, don't flavor the whole thing until you check to see if you like it better with the flavor.

My sister added flavor to her prep because she didn't like the taste but then found out that she liked it even less with the flavoring but she was stuck drinking the whole thing.

Chilling it is supposed to dull the flavor a bit but I don't like to drink cold liquids so I haven't tried it.

youngcolonpt
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   Posted 8/9/2010 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Nervymeg and Dagger. Your comments has made me feel so much better now about the prep. I've been so anxious about it but I shouldn't. I'm not about the procedure because I've already gone through it. It's the prep that I don't like to go through. I promise I'll try the stuff first before adding anything to it but the office did say I'm allowed to drink any clear beverage for a chaser. I'm going with crystal light lemonade for my chaser.  I'm also in the process of moving out so colonoscopy and moving kind of makes me such a neurotic person. But anyhow, thanks for putting me at ease about this.
smilewinkgrin  

Marsky
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   Posted 8/9/2010 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
You can also eat softer foods the day before the prep and get a lot of fluids in that day. Apparently making it easier for clean out when taking the prep. I've read this tip several times on these forums. In other words, don't pig out the day before a prep, eat very heavy meals such as a big steak, etc. but rather soups, salads, fresh fruit, etc.

I think most of us can agree, the prep is the hardest part about having a colonoscopy performed. I absolutely cannot wait for the procedure to begin, but I've had 10 of them. First time I was shaking like crazy, couldn't stop, the very kind pre-procedure nurse kept telling me the worst was over (laxative prep) and that the test was nothing. But I flat out did not believe her! Thought she was just told to say that. Of course it turned out she was correct, I barely felt the sedative begin to take hold and the next thing I knew I was in the recovery room, asking when they were going to start the procedure. lol So now I never get nervous, I literally walk briskly back to the changing area and want that IV started ASAP. I begin to instantly feel better when that IV is in place (I don't do so well w/o food or fluids, tend to get headachy and nauseous). I got sick in the recovery room once from drinking a glass of Coke too quickly, so now I know better and sip just water until I am home. That time I got sick, a nurse suggested I request Phenerghan in my IV before the test begins. That way it settles my somewhat nauseous stomach and then it has a wonderful drowsy effect, so I make sure I ask for it each time. The nurses balk at first until I tell them - hey one of you suggested it and I'm not feeling so well. I think they want to avoid a mess on their hands too so they quickly ask my doctor for the order. But that's how I get thru the test prior to the sedative and for the car ride home (sipping water, slowly).

You'll do just fine. The prep is necessary, just get through it as best you can, stock up on magazines to distract you or a good novel. Something to take your mind off the prep.

Let us know how your test goes! Check back in with us.....
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg, twice daily + Probiotic: Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily
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