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StacyLV1
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   Posted 3/22/2012 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am new to this site so I hope I am using it correctly....I apologize if I am not. 
 
My question/concern is, for a few weeks I have loose stools. Not terrible diarrhea or anything...just not formed solid stools.  I felt fine otherwise, other than an occasional nausea.  Then litterally over night it turned to watery diarrhea! Then watery and green, then watery and clear with mucus like stuff in it, all in a couple of days! 
 
I know all this is gross and not pleasant to talk about but I am concerned.  I have had stool cultures to rule out any bacteria infection or parasite.  I have had blood work and that all has come back fine.  Which I guess is good and bad because I still do not know what is going on! I finally saw a Gastroenterologist and he doesnt seem to be overly concerned, however he scheduled an endoscopy and colonoscopy for a week from now! 
 
I am praying this is nothing serious like cancer (since there is no blood in my stools and blood work is fine) but Im scared.  I have been reading as much as I can on-line about different causes for on going diarrhea and IBS seems to fit the proile closer than anyother.  Bloating, diarrhea, etc.  Im not sure how serious IBS but it from the sounds of some of the others, I hope if anything its that!  
 
Can anyone give me advice and also comment on the procedures I have to go through?  I have to use Moviprep and I think I am almost more worried about the prep than I am the procedure.  Should I take the entire amount given to me?  I mean I feel about empty as it is....I think if I take all of the prep I will be feeling awful!!
 
Sorry for such a long post...thanks in advance to anyone who comments!

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   Posted 3/26/2012 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I didn't get to the forum until now.

The prep for the colonoscopy is the worse part. The colonoscopy is ususlly done under conscious sedation so you won't recall the actuall colonoscopy.
I have a tough time with the preps. I can't drink lots of gross tasting stuff wirthout vomiting. However, I always manage to get enough down to do a proper cleaning. Because you are having lots of diarrhea, you likely will not need to drink the entire amount of prep. Just make sure that when your BM is clear liquid, that you drink another cup or two to make sure you are cleaned out. Let us know what they find on the scope.
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StacyLV1
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   Posted 3/26/2012 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the advice. My scope is Wednesday, I will let you know what I find out. Praying for good news:-)

Thanks again

Jacey86
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   Posted 3/27/2012 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had mine done today. The prep is the worst part but it is very important to drink the whole amount so that you are completely cleaned out. That way they can see what they need to see.
I've had IBS for many many years. I started having new problems over 2 months ago - horrible diarrhea, blood, lots of mucus, abdominal pain, bloating etc. I had a CT scan that showed inflammation (colitis)
Had my colonoscopy today and it all looked normal, so it's the IBS diagnosis.

Don't be afraid of the cancer word. There are many reason to have diarrhea and I even had blood. You can have internal hemorroids which can be worse with diarrhea.
To make the prep a little easier, I mixed the solution w/lemonade drink mix. Then I had broth that I would drink in between. It helped with the taste. The broth really helped.
Good Luck!

StacyLV1
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   Posted 3/27/2012 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank u! That makes me feel a lot better. I am doing the prep tonight and it is no fun! I already have clear stools...so thinking I am pretty much cleaned out:-/ It truly is awful to drink! It was the worse thing I can recall tasting! Hoping for good news tomorrow. I will let u all know:-)

StacyLV1
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   Posted 3/30/2012 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry it has taken me so long to respond about my test. I had my Upper endoscopy & Colonoscopy Wed. They said I have GERD and gave me a script for Protonix. Which so far I have only taken 2x's and each time have been chilled for the first few hours and still feel the acid reflux in the back of my throat. Has anyone else taken this med before or have any suggestions on another med I can ask my Dr. about...maybe even an over the counter? Also is GERD something that can be cured without having to take for life?

As fas as the Colonoscopy....the Dr. said he thought everything looked good and nothing out of the usual. But took biopsies from both procedures to be on the safe side. So I'm waiting on the results from the biopsies...just curious what the next step will be if those come back normal. Because I am still have loose stools! Could this all be stress related? I have definetly been under an enormous amount of stress lately....

DiamondsR4Ever
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   Posted 4/3/2012 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
@ OP - I have been having similar symptoms as you... I almost have more the "urgency" to go all the time... I'm suppose to get a sigmoidoscopy done... my primary doctor is stating that I don't "need' a colonoscopy, but I feel that might be my only hope right now, but she stated since all my blood work has came back fine and that I have no blood in my stool there isn't a need she feels for me to get one... so I might just do a sigmoidoscopy... was the colonoscopy tough? Pain? Ugh I'm so scared to get one too! I just get dizzy all the time and it sucks :(

StacyLV1
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   Posted 4/4/2012 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
No it was not painful at all! Actually I dont remember any of it! I was so nervous about having the procedure done but once I got into the room where they were performing it..he gave me 2 shots and I was out cold! They woke me up when it was done and I felt like I had just got in there. I also had no discomfort afterwards other than from the air they blew into the colon, made me bloated.

I just got the results from my biopsies yesterday and everything was normal. We are finding out from further blood work that my good bacteria in my stomach is depleted and causing all my problems with diahrrea..etc. I hope yours ends up being a simple fix as well. Please keep us posted!

icsms
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   Posted 7/1/2012 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
On June 22 I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy. On June 30th I had my first BM. This is the first time I am writing in this Blog? Post. My questions is the BM on the 30th was covered in a white cheesy film (sorry); I was wondering what that film could be? It is Sunday and I will call my Dr. tomorrow. But I thought I would throw it out there to see if someone else has had this happen after a colonoscopy? Thank you for any assistance with this question.

kazbern
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   Posted 7/1/2012 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
mucous.
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49 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)Colazal (9 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11.

icsms
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   Posted 7/1/2012 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your answer.  Where you suggesting by listing what you have that I possibly have IBD?  Did you have this mucous in a BM before? Do you think it was a result of my Colonoscopy (or Endoscopy which I had on the same day)?

kazbern
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   Posted 7/1/2012 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My signature goes with every post I make. It was not directed at you. Mucous is a natural reaction to a colonoscopy IMO. But if it persists you should tell your DR.
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49 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)Colazal (9 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11.

icsms
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   Posted 7/1/2012 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you again.  I understand.  Your comment was helpful. It mucous hasn't happened again. Appreciate the explanation. 

LI Girl
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   Posted 7/2/2012 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Stacy. How are u? Ive had similar symptons with how my D progressed. Went from uncomfortable to superbad in about 2-3 weeks. Starting to feel better, had colonoscopy last friday...doc said everything was OK. Still trying to figure out whats wrong.
Undiagnosed GI issue
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Chronic D for 1 month
2 hospital visits due to dehydration and passing out
1st colonoscopy scheduled 6/29/2012
No meds. Just probiotics at this point

Happily Married to the love of my life who's learned more about m BMs in this past month than in all the years we have been married. Such a trooper! 1 Furbaby.....ready to start my family.....hopefully soon!!!

Lis123
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   Posted 8/10/2012 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I just underwent my first colonoscopy a few weeks ago. I had been dreading it for approximately 6 months. Luckily enough, I had a very understanding female doctor who made the experience painless on her end. The actual colonoscopy was a non-event. Honest. The prep is another story. Once you have the prep done, your work and pain are over (at least from my experience). I thought it would be the opposite. I thought the prep would be the easy part. The Dulcolax tablets I took at bedtime 2 nights prior to the afternoon procedure were awful. I was up by 6am the next morning with cramping and diarrhea for a couple of hours, approximately 10 times within the hour. I felt terrible. I kept up with the liquids, chugging back huge amounts of Powerade, gingerale, apple juice and broth. By lunchtime, I felt okay enough to do a bit of light weeding in the garden. It was good to get outside and get fresh air yet be close enough to the house in case I needed to run to the bathroom. My bum was definitely sore from all of the bathroom usage and I found wiping with a wet wipe helped the situation. By the late afternoon, I had some Jell-O and that helped with the hunger pangs and made me feel I was eating more "solid food". By 4pm or 5pm, I was required to drink the Pico-Salax preparation and many glasses of water/liquids. This kicked in about an hour later and once again, I was running to the bathroom every 10 minutes for a few hours. That settled down by about 7pm or 8pm. I had what looked like pee coming from my bum and I knew the prep had already worked really well. Again, I made sure I kept up with comsuming the fluids. I was actually able to go a few hours without needing the bathroom that evening. Wake-up time the day of the procedure was another dose of the Pico-Salax followed by several hours of running to the bathroom. I kept drinking water and went to the hospital for 11:45 the morning of the procedure. They actually got me in early and I was very hesitant (nobody had even examined my bum before, ever, so this was definitely uncomfortable and dare I say, humiliating for me). The doctor and nurses were great. I had the sedative and narcotic pumped through my IV and was pretty much out of it immediately. I do remember moaning from a bit of pain once but that's it. I remember nothing else. The procedure was over very quickly and I felt more or less fine afterward. I woke up quite quickly, was forced to rest a little while because I was groggy and then was allowed to leave. I got a bit of take-out to eat on the way home. I even helped my friend clean and wash her car afterward. I did pass out later in the afternoon for a good 2 or more hours of sleep and even went for a walk that night after I woke up. By the next day (or perhaps another day later) my bowel movements were back. I was back to normal activities the next morning. I have felt fine since and really wanted people to know that this procedure doesn't have to be bad. You find out important information from it and once through the prep, the procedure itself isn't at all bad. I actually want to go back to the hospital to thank the staff for making the experience so tolerable. My tests came back fine so I'm lucky. Good luck to anyone having the test done! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

ZophaiRoberts
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   Posted 8/16/2013 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
For prep you people need to take prep drink what your doctor suggested. After completion of first sachet you may feel little bit nervous, after two sachets after the first two sachets it’ll start working and you have an urge to go the washroom.

xanmurphy
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   Posted 8/16/2013 4:08 AM (GMT -6)   
You need to make your colon empty a day before test. You need stop taking solid foods a day or two days before the test. Take clear juices but no red and purple color juices,take clear liquids like broths, soft drinks, tea or coffee (without milk and creamer). Avoid nuts, seeds, hulls, skin and other insoluble fiber a day before the test. The patient can drink more water up to 6 hours prior to procedure to avoid dehydration. Don't eat or drink anything on the morning of the colonoscopy unless and until instructed by the physician.

JuanitaFrapp
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   Posted 8/16/2013 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Stacy, don’t be panic nothing to be worried. Generally doctor will provide certain written instructions about how to prepare for colonoscopy. This process is called bowel preparation. Usually before set to colonoscopy all solids must be depleted from the gastrointestinal tract by taking after an agreeable liquid diet for 1 to 3 days before the procedure. You should not drink beverages containing red or purple color. As Xanmurphy and ZophaiRoberts Explained brief about procedure. You are in my pray.

jochristy
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   Posted 8/22/2013 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Probably the contaminated food or the drink intake can be the problem for diarrhea. Once check with your diet eat before. Avoid eating them and you'll be probably right.

Paigeee14
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   Posted 2/7/2014 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
So today was my first ever colonscopy. I'm 2 weeks shy of being 23 years old. I went to see a GI because of severe stomach cramping along with some bloody stools. he referred me have a colonscopy. any one my age would feel very nervous.. and that I was. I did a lot of googling about the prep before starting mine, and most people said it wasn't all that bad. here's my experience.

I bought suprep from Walmart and it can be kind of pricey. I had a coupon and it only cost me $30. not bad at all. my procedure was scheduled for Friday so my prep started Thursday at 6pm. I've was on a clear liquid diet all day and ate very light the night before. I think that was a good choice. when I first opened the first half of the suprep I thought it smelled okay. kind of like cough medicine. i started pouring it into the container, the rest with cold water up to the fill line. I saw many people said use a straw so that's what I did. it didn't help. at all! the taste was so bad, I couldn't stop gagging. I immediately felt sick to my stomach. I tried drinking it on the bathroom floor, afraid I was going to throw it all up. I was right. after getting half the bottle down I threw up about 3 times into my tub. my stomach felt so gurggaly. horrible. I managed to try it again and drink some more but with each sip I gagged. i had to call the on call doctor because i was afraid that throwing it up, would loose it's effectiveness. the dr told me just to keep trying and try to mix it with a different drink, not just water. i was only able to take a few more sips before I couldn't take it anymore. I had only a little bit left in the bottle though so I figured it was okay. I did start going to the bathroom a lot. and I was crying and shivering so bad. I couldn't imagine having to try to do this again at 6am. but I knew I had to. after my bowel movements eventually got slower, I laid down to try and rest a little before the hours went by and I would have to begin all over again. I think I only got about 3 full hours of sleep. I was up all hours of the night in and out of the bathroom, and just feeling so sick and uncomfortable. when 6am came around I was dreading it. but I knew I had to atleast try because I didn't wanna be turned away for my procedure. this time around I tried mixing a little bit of the second bottle of suprep with orange juice. that was a no go. it didn't mask the taste what so ever. so I tried sprite. that helped a little but not much. I managed to get some down and the vomiting started again. I couldn't believe it. I thought for sure I screwed myself because I couldn't bare drinking anymore. trying so hard, I managed to get down more than half the bottle. I was of course yet again on the toilet but I wasn't sure if it was even gonna cut it. the doctors office called me around 9am to check on me for having to call the doctor in the middle of the night. I told her exactly what happened and how much I drank. I told her my stools got to a paleish yellow color and not chunky and she said that's exactly where you want them to be. I was so relived. I could finally relax. and shower. cause boy was my butt hurting and I probably smelled so bad. hahaha. so at 1:45, I headed to my appointment (I got stuck having the last procedure). not
long after I was called back and explained exactly what was gonna happen. I unchanged, put my robe on, and laid in the bed. the nurse came in and hooked me up to an iv and not much longer the anestiologist wheeled me into the room where I met with my GI doctor. they both explained everything they were about to do. I laid on my side and the anestiologist started talking to me about going on vacation. that was it. I was out in 2 seconds. and boy did that crap feel good! hahah. after the procedure was done I woke up confused but it was over before I knew it. the doctor came in and talked to me about how things went and it was over. i of course asked him if I was cleaned out and he said yes! whooo I did it!! even with all the issues. i was so proud. turns out I have IBS and also a few small internal hemroides. eeekk..anyway, I was farting up a storm and was cleared to go. my honey was there waiting for me and off we went.

I deffinitiey would never suggested suprep to anyone. it made this 10000x worse. the prep is what is the worst thing about the whole process. the colonoscopy was over in no time and you won't even remember it. hope I helped anyone who needed it (:

Llamama
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   Posted 2/14/2014 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
For years every doctor would say to do a colonoscopy and then say the bowel looked normal. What they never did was laparoscopy and put a light on the OUTER SURFACE of the bowel. After ten years of severe pain, uncontrollable constipation and "IBS" I found a doctor who LOOKED and found, multiple adhesions, brown scar spots, twisting, stretched out areas, and he was also familiar with INERTIA or lack of movement. Since it was left so long, my entire large bowel and several pieces of the small were removed. I'm alive, but I have extreme diarrhea. If this does not get better in a year, then I will beg for ileostomy (that's not so bad, lots of people have normal lives with it). Try for a look if all else fails.!
Redundant bowel, lifetime
Sigmoid resection 2007
Total colectomy Oct. 2013, no ostomy
Pain and unresolvable constipation last 10 years
Now unresolvable diarrhea
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