colonoscopy prep query

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Easta
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   Posted 12/6/2007 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello
Colonoscopy next Wed with citramag sachets to be taken on the Tues. The thing is, I am trying to work out a way to make this purging less unpleasant - do you think that it would be an idea to eat very little on the Monday (day before the sachets) and hope that results in there being less to evacuate on the Tues. As I am normally soft to loose anyway (the reason I am having the test), might this mean that I need less purgative substance than the IBS-C people for example.

Any help or advice on how to make this whole experience less traumatic would be much appreciated.

Many thanks

Keriamon
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   Posted 12/6/2007 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Personally, I don't think eating less will do much because after about the fifth time you go to the bathroom, you will be pooping nothing but liquid anyways. If you were constipated, then I would say yes, avoid putting additional food in there because putting laxatives on top of a blockage can give you some terrible pains before you get the hard poop out (hurts the old bum hole too, I can tell you that).  But for people who aren't constipated, eating less won't help, I don't think, because you will very quickly run through your food and start pooping water. And poop water, and poop water.  Most of what you will poop will be water and tiny bits of food, not solid stools.  Why fast extra when it won't really save your bum hole any worries? 

I was told that I would only be cleaned out when the water came out clear. Mine never did, but my colonoscopy went over well anyways. My water was yellow because I had a bile problem, not because I still had poop in there. There was nothing I could do to stop the bile!

I think the best advice I've seen for colonscopies are baby wipes in lieu of toliet paper. It doesn't take long AT ALL to get raw down there!

Also, Cottonelle now has toliet paper with Aloe in it. That's about all I use at home. I don't think I've had and major stomach problem since I switched us, but the toliet paper at work is so cheap that even a mild problem can leave my butt sore from it, but it doesn't feel sore when I come home and use my aloe paper. So I think it helps for regular problems; I would still go with good-quality baby wipes for the conoloscopy prep, just in case.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 12/6/2007 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't think that will help much. I would not load up on food but to me the worst part is drinking the Phospho stuff. If I could avoid that then I would be happy but not interested in all the other stuff available either. My dr. won't let me do pills though I may ask again. I keep thinking I will try that Pico Salix from Canada but not sure how to use it. They say it tastes good.

Keriamon
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   Posted 12/6/2007 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Canyon, I think Pico Salax is a mix. A lot of people says it tastes like tang, and I was under the impression that it was a powder you put into a drink, like the soda stuff.

The absolute worst is the go-lyghtly. I vow I will never drink that stuff every again for as long as I live. I will not get a colonoscopy if I can't have pills or the Pico Salax.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 12/6/2007 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember someone on here that had a really bad time with the Pico but I think they took it wrong or something. Maybe someone will come on. If it is good enough for Canada it is good enough for me. I think it comes in a 2 pak and I think you have to drink a lot of it.
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