My detailed experience with MoviPrep and Colonoscopy

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Abiboo
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   Posted 9/26/2012 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Scoured the website for as much info as I could on the whole process and found lots of helpful information in lots of different sources, so wanted to give my blow by blow account in one spot to help those people (like me) that prefer to know everything! I wrote this as it happened (for the moviprep part obviously) and having just had the procedure a couple of hours ago everything is still very fresh in my mind. I can already hear myself thinking "Oh it wasn't that bad" like everyone else had posted before me, but at the time it is a bit sore and I wish I'd been a touch more prepared. So here goes...

Egg and white bread for breakfast at 8:45am... wasn't hungry so only ate half but felt ok with the beginning of the starvation plan! Made up the Movi-Prep and put it in four glasses in the fridge ready for later, following advice from other blogs online that it's better chilled. Have some lime juice ready and elderflower cordial, either to add to the mix or drink separately to help take away the taste. Drank some water around midday, then had a litre of lemon and lime sugar free jelly around 2pm (was beginning to feel the tummy hunger rumbles at this point). Made up the second batch of Movi-Prep and refridgerated it - figured I should make it all up to be chilled in time for the second load at 8-9pm, so got that ready. Made a cup of black coffee too, and at around 4pm I started getting a tummy ache. Perhaps the anticipation of my 5pm date with Movi-Prep, or a flare of acid reflux which I wasn't sure if I could settle with Rennies so have left to calm itself. 4.30pm now and dreading the 5pm drink! Keep looking at the clock and checking if it's creeping up on me. 16:32. Sigh.

17:02 First mouthful not too bad. A bit dense, the liquid has the smell of lemon and lime but is fairly tasteless, with perhaps just a slightly salty back taste. Certainly nothing too offensive. Took a swig of elderflower cordial straight after and taste was gone straight away. It's fine. I just don't know how I'm going to drink 2 litres plus an extra litre of elderflower this evening! It's a lot to take in. The paperwork does say no need to rush though... I have half an hour to drink this glass (by my workings) and I just took in a quarter of it. I could go again with another, get it out the way

17:04 Held my nose this time. Did NOT help! I could taste it much stronger at the back of my throat. Not very nice. Swig of elderflower didn't take it away either. Still, not the end of the world!!

17:07 Another three or four gulps followed by lots of elderflower. It's ok. Not great but ok. Reading the leaflet to see how long it will take to kick in... hehe!

17:15 Little bit more... added a dash of lime in the remaining bit left in the glass to try and cut through the gloopy feeling, see how that goes down...

17:19 Feeling twinges but no idea if that's just psychological! Last limey mouthful... makes it slightly more palatable (but lets face it, it's still laxative juice). Now let's see what happens. Feel very full of liquid already!

17:26 Added lime to next glass.. let's crack on. Gulp!

17:32 Gurgle gurgle... feel like it won't be long before I'll need to go. Better take some more juice.

Yeah, I'm gonna go.

17:35 Ok one ordinary formed bowel movement, nothing rushed or too liquid. Back on the couch to work on the second glass.

17:37 Another quarter glass down, with lots more elderflower as I realised I wasn't drinking enough to keep up with my 500mls per litre of Movi-Prep. Stomach griping a little, nothing painful, I'm just aware something's going on inside.

Don't feel hungry... to busy concentrating on what's happening down there... but the kettle chips and kit kat bars in my lounge are mocking me.

17:44 Last mouthful of glass done. More elderflower to take the taste away. Feeling full of liquid.

17:55 Tried lots of lime and elderflower in the next glass - is a bit too much :-/ but not tempted to water it down and increase the intake any further!! Am a bit burpy. Too much liquid probably, I don't feel sick.

18:09 Struggling to get this glass down. Ruined with lime! Bleaurgh. Tummy gurgling audibly now.

Heading to the bathroom.

18:18 Much more liquid that time, but just one 'emptying' session then ok. Still got nearly half a litre to drink in 40 mins - feels like a bit of a mission but at least the stuff is working and isn't traumatic at all. Pleasantly surprised how relatively straightforward it's going so far. Using wet wipes as recommended on other forums instead of paper to prevent the sore bottom later on!

18:23 Think I better go again. Taking the juice with me.

18:32 Certainly a lot more loose stools that time, sat there for four or five sessions. Continued to drink on the toilet and had one more bowel movement whilst playing on my iPhone app on the loo! Not uncomfortable at all.

18:42 Finished drink. Came to get last glass from fridge. Back on the couch so not having to sit on the loo constantly. Feeling a bit watery - just full of liquid. Definitely no pain or nausea, which is what I was worried about!

19:03 Taken up residence on the toilet now, not going constantly but it's just easier to sit there and push water out when the feeling comes. Still coloured, not running anywhere near clear yet, but not sore and the wet wipes help. Still need to drink the last glass, will try to do that in the next 15 mins or so, so I can stop going and have an hour's break before starting the next litre. Bit boring on the loo - downloaded some good games on to my phone to keep me entertained

19:36 Back on the couch. Feeling empty. Want to watch Great British Bake Off at 8pm so hoping this is the end of it and I can have an hour's break before the next session!!

19:47 Just took the last mouthful of the first batch - really been finding it hard to get it all down, it's a lot of liquid. It's making me gag a LITTLE bit, not because I feel nauseous, just because I don't want to drink anymore. Still sitting on the couch though, haven't been back to the loo. Going to give it a break now and have the next batch at 9pm. Hoping I feel a little bit more like drinking in an hour's time!

20:03 Went for one more toilet session. Now back on the couch. Feeling tired and a bit tummy sore... but nothing unbearable. Think I need to go again actually. Missing the Bake Off!

20:05 Yep, one more sesson. All good though, back on the sofa watching the doughnuts episode

20:50 Feel like starting the next session so I'm not up late tonight. Feeling much better, less full of liquid and ready for session 2. Side effect I wasn't expecting - I'm freezing! So cold!!

I didn't blog the second stint as I'll be honest it was a lot tougher. It's just the volume of the liquid and the taste - something I realised too late was that it's better to mix up different flavours so you have some variety. By the time I started litre 2 with the lime addition I really didn't want to drink anymore lime at all! I mixed up the next two glasses with a different flavoured squash (I happened to have Marshmallow flavoured and Fruit Salad flavoured squash in the cupboard - yes, I know I'm a child!) which helped get the different glasses down, but I was still drinking it slowly up until midnight until I gave up on the last lime glassful - I measured it out and was leaving 200mls almost exactly. I was worried that by not taking all the prep I wouldn't be clear enough, and I was still having dark yellow bowel movements with some bits in it - certainly not the clear water I had hoped for. Went to bed at midnight and didn't need to get up in the night. Set my alarm for 6am and went to have a very brown watery bowel movement then, so was quite worried by this point that I simply wasn't clean enough. Took in a little more water and had 5 subsequent watery BMs before leaving for my appointment - some were yellow and clearer, others yellow and cloudy. Arrived for my appt at 9.15am:

9.15am Checked in at reception and nurse came and collected me straight away, to take me to a day ward with sit up beds. I was given my backless gown and got changed out of my clothes into this gown and my dressing gown and slippers. Sat in the day room chatting to the nurse who was lovely and friendly, until one of the doctors came to put my cannula in. My veins are notoriously hard to find so she tried in my elbow crease but had to go for my hand in the end - it's a little uncomfortable, a 3 second sting while it goes in. She checked she had the vein by flushing some fluids through and that was fine. I was then taken back to the lounge to be with my partner and another lady also having the colonoscopy, and her partner. The other lady was really distressed and considering backing out - it is a bit daunting but from reading all the forums beforehand I knew the procedure itself would be a sedated hazy breeze so I didn't feel too anxious (She did go for it but they heavily sedated her in the end - she was still sleeping when I left!).

10:00 Nurse called me into theatre and I was walked down by an orderly. There were three nurses in the theatre waiting to receive me, all really friendly and lovely, admiring my Tesco £14 dressing gown, lol. They take your gown and slippers and put them in a bag under your bed, ask you to lie back on the bed with the gown not tucked underneath you. One of the nurses took my BP and finger pulse and asked a few questions, then the consultant came in to administer the sedation and pain relief. The nurse put an oxygen mask over my mouth. I rolled over on to my left side with my bottom sticking out and my knees tucked up to my tummy. I imagine the procedure started about 10:10 but I didn't see a clock in the room to be sure. The sedation wasn't a deep one as I recall the entire process - and unfortunately it was quite uncomfortable. I was gripping the side of the bed and told the nurses each time it hurt (I imagine it's the going-round-the-corners part I've read about online) It felt like they were pushing through my gut and when the air went in that was also a bit uncomfortable. I remember apologising for whinging and they said I was doing really well. My bowel was completely clear - which I was surprised about as I hadn't finished the prep and my BMs were still cloudy yellow right up until the procedure.

10:30 I was wheeled back into recovery for another BP check and then the day room - it was over in 20 mins! They hadn't found any polyps or anything to remove so a very straightforward procedure. I dozed a little bit (perhaps 5 mins), I did feel very chilled out (once the procedure's done you feel fine - the gassy discomfort didn't start for another hour or so) so I just felt quite happy really. Chatted to the staff (and still remember most of the conversations had) and then my nurse gave me some coffee and toast and marmalade to eat. Went to the loo after about 45 mins as I was feeling a bit windy and farted for at least 2 mins or more!! But felt much better afterwards and it wasn't uncomfortable. There were three of us recovering and we were all giggling about it. Got changed and was given a report of their findings by the nurse (bowel normal) with a follow up consultant appt in two weeks time to discuss what's next. No pain at all, a bit dopey from the sedation but happy to go home and expel some more wind in the comfort of my own bathroom!!

11:30 Home and fine. Feeling good - not hungry yet and will take it easy on what I eat today. Can't drive to work tomorrow morning as they advise 24 hours after sedation before doing any driving, so the OH will have to get up early to give me a lift in

In summary, the prep is manageable in session one and more difficult session 2, but I never threw up and the toileting was never an issue, it was just discomfort from too much liquid and the taste not being great. The procedure was quick and straightforward, yes uncomfortable at times but you could happily ask for heavier sedation like one of the other ladies in this morning and you'd be none the wiser. I'm glad it's done. I wouldn't want to do it again in a hurry, but ONLY because of the pre-prep and not because of the procedure itself, which I would ask next time for more sedation. Advice for anyone doing the evening prep in two lots is to start earlier and take as long as you need - I was tired by midnight and cold and wanted to go to bed, but hadn't finished. Luckily it didn't affect my procedure but you'd be so gutted if you didn't finish it and had to do it all over again because they couldn't get a good view first time around.

Good luck - it's not all bad. Minor discomfort for an important outcome - you'll be ok! It's already turning into a distant memory! turn :-)

Elbee
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   Posted 9/26/2012 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
This was a fantastic report; thank you. I am usually over on the lupus/thyroid forums, but my doctor has been threatening me with a colonoscopy, and knowing what it and the prep might be like is really helpful for my nerves. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this up!

Abiboo
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   Posted 9/26/2012 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
No problem Elbee - glad to be some help. It kept me distracted while going through it all to be honest! It's not so bad, nothing to seriously worry about. Hope all goes well with your colonoscopy if you have to have one. I had my procedure 11 hours ago now and feel completely back to normal! (I was a bit dopey this afternoon from the sedation - at least that's what I told my partner) :) Good luck :)

Hev53
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   Posted 12/12/2012 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for this. I have read it and re-read it. Just swallowed my second glass, the taste is not as bad as I feared and now waiting for lift off!
Your blow by blow account made me feel a whole lot better. My colonoscopy is tomorrow pm, so next jug full is tomorrow at 7 a.m
Thanks again.

Mark9023
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   Posted 12/12/2012 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hev53
Waiting for your updates tomorrow.
Good Luck

cocob
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   Posted 2/11/2013 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your post re moviprep.  I have my colonoscopy on Wednesday and have to start taking the prep tomorrow and your posting helped me a great deal.
 

PinkTink
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   Posted 7/31/2013 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you soooo much for this post! I am on the 'white foods' day before my procedure, with the liquids and lax-prep starting tomorrow morning. Your walk-through has put my mind at ease and has helped me feel more confident with the process.

Fingers crossed now! shocked

writestuff62
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   Posted 8/28/2013 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Had my first colonscopy today after using Moviprep. I had apprehension using the prep, fearing the side effects of nausea and cramping. But happy to report I had no symptoms, except for feeling a little cold after trips to the bathroom. I was able to drink Moviprep easily with a straw and over ice as recommended in the directions. I took sips of gatoraid in between the doses. I was passing yellow fluids by the third trip to the bathroom. The second day dosing went without a hitch. The procedure was fast and I was fully awake within a half hour of leaving the medical building after I had been put under. I went straight to a restaurant for a late lunch and then ran a few errands with a friend. I had no gas or any after effects from the colonscopy.
I would definitely recommend Moviplex. The taste wasn't all that palatable but drink it fast with a straw and cold. My mother had used a different prep for her procedure and vomited and experienced cramping. She was in misery. My boyfriend went through the procedure twice, the last time using pills, which presented some problems for him. After their procedure reading comments on this forum before my procedure I was hestitant but like I said I was presently surprised that I had no side effects from using Moviprep.

tmalper
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   Posted 8/30/2013 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
about to start moviprep on Monday, very reassuring to read your report, thanks for posting it.

Glib
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   Posted 10/23/2013 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for this blog - colonoscopy next week and have had a few pieces of advice from friends but this puts it all together with a few more helpful hints.

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   Posted 10/23/2013 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Here's a tip for dealing with the taste of any prep: get it very cold, then drink it through a straw. Place the straw well back on your tongue. This deposits the liquid well past most of your taste buds and you won't taste it as much.

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Han Solo 415
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   Posted 12/6/2013 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Just had my first colonoscopy & took the MoviPrep and it was far better than expected (okay I had low expectations). The kit comes in 2 sets of packets each of which makes about a liter of fluid or 4 cups. You are supposed to take both liters and if your appointment is in the morning you space a few hours to 4 hours between kits and do it the night before, otherwise you do one at night and one in the morning (I think this is harder to do). I think the argument is that the longer the time between the preps the better, but I'm not sure that's really true. What I do know is that if you wait 4 hours to take the second PREP right before you go to sleep that you WILL NOT sleep very well. I would recommend cutting it a few hours & getting a better nights sleep.

Nausea. I've seen lots of reports of people getting nauseous and vomiting. I did not experience this. I was told nausea sometimes occur when you get bloated and the stuff sort of backs up. It's a lot of fluid to drink. Things that might have helped me are:

1. Try to be regular BEFORE you start the PREP (if this means taking the week or few days before to eat a lot of fiber or take your favorite laxative, I would do it. Otherwise you are much more likely to get backed up.

2. Before you start try to make sure you DO NOT take tons of food BEFORE knowing that you won't really eat anything the day of. Instead I think I would try to eat less fluid and let yourself get really hungry & thirsty before you take the prep. Anything tastes better when you are hungry.

3. Refrigerating the stuff. I think in general cold fluid taste better and so this is not a bad idea. If you forgot when you started just stick the thing in the frig or do so for the next liter. I've had lots of people say it tastes terrible, but really its like a salty gatorade that is fairly sweet. I didn't get any flavor options, but I tell you if you are hungry before you take it it will taste better.

What about the 15 minute intervals between the 4 cups of each prep? I think that's a guideline to help prevent you from getting bloated. If you feel bloated wait a little longer if you don't you probably can take it a little earlier.

Basically what this does is create a sort of hypertonic diarrhea. You are likely to feel the effects after about 30-40 minutes. Eventually the fluid that comes out will be just yellow and won't have much stuff in it at all. How often will you go, well just imagine that what you take in minus about a third (since I think you absorb some fluid) is what will need to come out. It's really not so bad so long as you get the sense that one there is even a little urge to go, just sit on the toilet and let it come out. I think people have the most problem when they were irregular before & so the fluid needs to take out the existing blockage which can be painful and uncomfortable. Otherwise it's just a regular diarrhea.

Your but will get sore from the wiping. I find it helpful to the one of the following:

1. soak your Toilet Paper in water and instead of just wiping with dry paper let the wet paper clean off the stuff from your butt. I suspect the stuff is a little irritating & the wet toilet paper towel will feel better. If you have baby wipes that will probably be even better. The issue is when you wipe with dry material you actually leave some of the residue which is even more irritating on your butt.

2. prepare a warm bath before you go to bed & sit in it for a while and let it soak in. Use epsom salts if you have it. It might hurt at first, but it will feel way better afterwards.

Some people have you take a Ducolax with the MoviPrep. I think that's overkill, but if you are really backed up it's probably a good idea (but I would be inclined to have done that the day or two before you started).

Finally the day of the colonoscopy. If you get nauseous from anesthesia as some do. I would tell them and they can give you Zofran or something before they put you under. If you don't know than I wouldn't ask for this, but if you have had horrible experiences after surgery where you are vomiting a lot when someone takes you home, than just ask for the Zofran or whatever their favorite antiemetic is.

Finally, the whole thing is not so bad. You are so knocked out you probably won't even realize what they are doing. The waiting before it happens is probably way worse. Oh and yes it takes a day or two to get your bowels back to normal. Don't sweat it. I did lose a lot of weight while doing the thing, but sadly gained it back in one day of celebratory eating. (oh well).

My GI person said that 30-40% of the population has polyps so if you have some don't sweat. Some of us like me have diverticulum which are outpouchings or pockets in the GI wall. These can lead to problems downstream if they get clogged (ie food gets stuck in them) and sometimes they bleed. Just take care of your bowel and eat lots of fiber and don't sweat it.

Good Luck!

Scared to death1
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   Posted 2/3/2014 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Just had my first colonoscopy today at 7:30 AM. I went into the whole process scared to death and discussion forums like this both relieved my apprehension and at times made it worse. In the end, I'm happy to say it was no big deal at all and relatively easy.

I started my prep yesterday (Superbowl Sunday). Couldn't eat anything all day. Was only allowed clear liquids and jello that wasn't red or purple. By noon I was starving and that was the WORST part (I'm horrible at fasts and therefore NEVER do them.) But thankfully, I found a Gatorade Product that has protein in it. I can't remember the name but the word protein is right on the label. 16 ounces of the stuff contains 16 grams of protein. So whenever, I got so hungry I couldn't take it any more, I had another 16 ounces of that, which filled me up perfectly.

Began moviprep at 5pm. The nurse who gave me the instructions suggested I mix it with lemonade powder. Best advice ever!!! (besides the Gatorade with protein). In accordance with other advice on forums, I used a straw to drink it, placing the straw as far back in my throat as I could, to minimize its impact with taste buds. I had NO problem getting it down at all. By 6:45 it started working. I had previously filled my bathroom with a Nexus 7 to watch Netflix, plenty of magazines and books. Pretty much, I just stayed on the toilet for the duration of a 90 minute movie plus a little. By 9pm I went to bed and that was right around the time the moviprep stopped doing its thing.

Was supposed to get up at 3:30 AM to begin a second dose of Moviprep. But I woke up naturally at 2AM and began it then. That dose started working much more quickly. By 2:45 it was working. Wish I could say I was able to just stay on the toilet like I did earlier but at that time of the morning it's difficult. So I'd go back to bed, lay there for 5-10 minutes and have to get up and go again. Someone else suggested buying flushable wipes, which I did, and for the second dose, they were a godsend. By 4:30 I fell asleep, woke again an hour later to go to the bathroom again and then slept until 6:30 when I had to get up and dressed to go for the procedure. Unfortunately, the moviprep was working right up to the time, they took me back into the room used for the procedure itself. Apparently, this is normal.

After that, I don't remember a thing. They gave me propofenol (something like that...it's the drug that killed Michael Jackson) and that was heavenly. I had the BEST SLEEP ever!! And when I woke up, it was all over. I have no memory of anything.

They did warn me that afterwards I would have a lot of gas because they're basically pumping air into your intestines. I'm not going to say I was pain free during the whole thing. The moviprep kept my stomach in discomfort, similar to what I experience when I take a laxative and at 2:17pm (about 6 hours after completing the procedure) my stomach still hurts. But it's nothing unbearable.

Thankfully, the doctor said I didn't have to do this again for 10 years. But honestly, all in all it was a piece of cake. So if you're apprehensive and scared like I was...don't be. It's not that bad and it'll be over before you know it!

Hornsbydale
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   Posted 2/27/2014 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for posting. Am having this tomorrow and was not looking forward to it. I am dreading taking the Moviprep due to the quantities - 6 pints in an evening. For my hubby that is no problem - he can easily drink 6 pints (or more) in an evening, me, I get bloated with 3 soft drinks. I had vision of this med having 'violent' effects, but that doesn't seem so.... Also reassured about the depth of sedation, as I am having a gastroscopy done at the same time and know I would panic otherwise. :)

Libski21
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   Posted 5/19/2014 4:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all so much for taking the time to post in such detail...with A LOT of time on my phone as I'm
In the bathroom preparing for my colonoscopy tomorrow it's been very reassuring!

GIblues55
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   Posted 5/20/2014 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering how many people actually have the same experience as the OP, in terms of being aware and in discomfort during the procedure itself? I've had a few colonoscopies now and I was out cold for every single one of them. I did wake up once during an endoscopy, which was a horrible feeling, as I felt like I was being suffocated by the scope in my gullet, but with colonoscopies, I've never been remotely aware of the procedure during.

bwfm
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   Posted 6/18/2014 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy two months ago, but they gave me Versed and fentanyl and I woke up in the middle of the endoscopy. I was trying to talk and they were saying, "She's awake!" Apparently this happens to people who take pain medication on a regular basis. So, they got enough info from the endoscopy, but I had to reschedule the colonoscopy.

Fast forward to two days ago: I did the 2-day prep (one gallon each day - YECH!) and they used propophol on me so I would stay out, although he did mention that some people say they do wake up during the procedure. I didn't, thank goodness.. I ate light on Saturday and Sunday and my "stool" was clear water from last night until the procedure started at 1:25 p.m., so I was quite surprised when the GI doc said the prep was only fair and I have to have another colonoscopy in a year. BOO! I told him if I wasn't cleaned out after that ordeal, he should do a gastric emptying study on me because something is wrong somewhere!

He removed a polyp and is sending it for biopsy. I have had precancerous polyps removed before. I have pandiverticulosis and class or grade 3 hemorrhoids (internal and external), and he is recommending a hemorrhoidectomy. I don't want to have that surgery and then have another colonoscopy in a year. I have also heard it's a very bad surgery to have, with all the pain, although I hear there have been some great strides made and different techniques now.

I'll start another post about the hemorrhoidectomy. Actually, should I post this on this forum or on the ulcerative colitis forum?

amyamy24
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   Posted 7/11/2014 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you soooo much for posting such an honest story. I am due to have an colonoscopy tomorrow morning and have been dreading it to be honest. I have just started my first litre of Moviprep (It doesn't taste that nice but I didn't expect it to lol) but it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. It has a kind of sour citrus taste to it. Trying to drink a litre of it is proving quite hard work though and in the back of my mind all I am thinking is I have got to do this all again in a few hours! I felt really hungry before I started drinking it but drinking it does at least make you concentrate on something other than how hungry you are! I will post again tomorrow and let you know how I get on :)

cmetalman
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   Posted 7/12/2014 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my second colonoscopy just two weeks ago due to my bleeding hemorrhoids, hate the prep but the procedure is nothing (best nap I've had for a long time ). They even gave me gram crackers and orange juice in the recovery room. He did find one polyp size 3mm and came back benign so no colonoscopy for another five years.

Now I still have the bleeding internal hemorrhoids and am scheduled for a new procedure "HET" something about radio frequency its suppose to take 8 to 10 seconds per hemorrhoid and be painless .
Its sound really good and if its what they claim I will post afterwards regarding what I think.

My only issue is that the earliest they can get me in is September 30 and that is a long time for me to be in pain;-(
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   Posted 7/30/2014 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Just experienced my first colonoscopy after prepping with MoviPrep. Found previous blogs helpful and wanted to add mine. Began clear liquids Monday morning and mixed the first liter of MoviPrep and put it in the fridge. Started drinking the MoviPrep at 4 PM. Added one teaspoon of lemonade powder to 8 oz of MoviPrep, poured it over ice and drank it through a straw. Tasted like salty lemonade with a bitter after taste. Not great but not terrible either. Drank a glass every 30 minutes four times, so was done by 5:30. Nothing happened until 6 PM when I began having watery stools. Drank lots of clear liquids, had multiple watery stools until 9 PM. No cramping at all, no nausea. Just lots of water out my rear. Mixed the second liter of MoviPrep, put it in the fridge and went to bed. Slept all night. Began drinking the second liter at 7 AM Tuesday morning with similar results. No cramping, no nausea, just lots of watery diarrhea. Had my colonoscopy at 1 PM and was completely clean. The colonoscopy was a breeze. They gave me Fentanyl and Versed. I was awake during the procedure and could feel the scope snaking around inside me, but there was no pain. My exam was normal, so no need to repeat for 10 years. It wasn't fun, but it wasn't bad either. All in all, it was better than going to the dentist.

lenny2
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   Posted 3/10/2015 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I am very thankful for all of the advice that I received from this forum. It made my moviprep experience no big deal. I used two packets of Crystal Light in each 32-ounce portion. When it came time to drink it, I divided the 32 ounces into three glasses with crushed ice. I drank each portion through a straw, and I thought that the taste wasn't bad at all. I drank it all within about 30-45 minutes of starting. I had some coke ready as a chaser, and I used that as my 16-ounce follow-up clear beverage. It caused no cramping at all--just very watery stools. Since I did the split-dosing technique, I started the first portion at about 5:30 p.m. the night before my procedure. By about 10:00, I was fine and ready to sleep. I slept through the night, no problem.

Since my procedure was scheduled for 11:30 a.m. the next morning, I was supposed to start drinking the second 32 ounces at 6:30 that morning, but I was worried that I wouldn't be through with using the bathroom by the time I needed to leave my house (I had to be at the facility by 10:00 a.m.), so I started the second portion at 6:00 a.m., and finished it by 6:30. Everything was running clear in my system by 8:30, and I was done with the bathroom by about 9:00 a.m.

The procedure itself is a non-event--I was totally asleep through it and awoke with just come gas pains in my system.

So, there is no need to worry if you are scheduled to use Moviprep. It's really not a big deal, and it's so worth it to get a good colonoscopy done. Good luck!

jobro912
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   Posted 3/15/2015 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled bright and early for a colonoscopy tomorrow morning. Started first round of prep at 4:00. It's really not too bad. Lime and salty. Think Margarita...okay, not exactly. I'm chasing each drink with Fanta Orange...so at least there's that to look forward to. Thanks for all the information shared here. It helped me prepare.
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