After Colonoscopy Spasms and Watery Diarrhea

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Katherine C
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   Posted 1/26/2013 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Help I'm freaking out. I freaked out at my doc and he prescribed Asacol and Immodium.

What should I do? I had my colonoscopy 4 days ago. I've been having spasms at night when I lie down. Today I had two bouts of watery dripping stool. I haven't had this since salmonella in Oct 2012. What is ok to eat and drink?

I was also diagnosed with UC. I started the SCD (Specific Carbohydrates Diet) In November 2012 and greatly improved but haven't been the same since my colonoscopy.

I'm 24 female Asian descent. Any advice would be great!
Kat
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Diagnosed via colonoscopy Ulcerative colitis (rectum)
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bananagirl
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   Posted 1/26/2013 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
same thing happened to me in august, kat. i got so ill from my colonoscopy. i'm not sure if it was the colonoscopy itself or the new medication cocktail i had in my IV. i was a mess though- throwing up daily, horrid abdominal cramping, gas, tons of diarrhea. the only thing that helped me was starting paleo, but since you are doing SCD, that is about the same. have you thought about doing the intro diet again- LOTS of yogurt? i think the prep messed up your bacteria really bad.
Joanna, 23
Current: 3-6 loose bms/day (7-8 on bad days) urgent/gassy
humira, vit D, coc. kefir, CLO, astaxanthin, b12 shots, spatone iron, vit C, colostrum, interfase enzymes,scdophilus
Diet: SCD/paleo. yogurt, broth, meat, coconut oil, greens, veggies, fruit
Tried: canasa, rowasa, entocort, pred, 6mp, remi, lialda, welchol, bentyl, LDN, cipro, flagyl, VSL/Vit E enema, 8 FT, clay, aloe, slip. elm

Katherine C
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   Posted 1/26/2013 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for replying! I agree. How much is a lot of yogurt? I've kept it to about 1.5 cup since the procedure cuz I wasn't sure but you're right. I should flood my system again. So grateful for you! Also.. Do you think I should give canasa and Asacol a try? I honestly don't even want to.
Kat
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Diagnosed via colonoscopy Ulcerative colitis (rectum)
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bananagirl
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   Posted 1/26/2013 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
i usually eat 6 oz of yogurt a day now so 1.5 cups is a lot to me already. definitely stick with that. it'll probably take a little while for your gut to calm down again. i know elaine recommends up to 2 cups a day. have you tried kefir? i was just reading that it has even more probiotics than yogurt.

if you're having a lot of diarrhea, i'm not sure how long the canasa would even stay in. you could try it after you go and see if you can hold it in. they dissolve eventually because our anal canal is so warm. the longest i've ever been able to keep it in is 30 minutes and most of the capsule is still intact.
Joanna, 23
Current: 3-6 loose bms/day (7-8 on bad days) urgent/gassy
humira, vit D, coc. kefir, CLO, astaxanthin, b12 shots, spatone iron, vit C, colostrum, interfase enzymes,scdophilus
Diet: SCD/paleo. yogurt, broth, meat, coconut oil, greens, veggies, fruit
Tried: canasa, rowasa, entocort, pred, 6mp, remi, lialda, welchol, bentyl, LDN, cipro, flagyl, VSL/Vit E enema, 8 FT, clay, aloe, slip. elm

sherbear46
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   Posted 1/26/2013 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Definetely start the meds. I only had funky stool for a day and a half. The night of the scope I didn't do the Canasa but I did do it the following night. I did take probiotics the night of my scope and tripled the normal amount that I take for a few days. Try to eat as bland as possible for a few days. Some people take a week or so to get back to normal after a scope.
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Diagnosed UC/IBS April 2009-Left sided Jan 2013 Endo showed gastritis and Colonoscopy showed only 2 cm of rectal inflammation
Diagnosed in Jan 2013 with Chronic Uticartia

Meds-2 Lialda, Protonix, Allegra, Singulair, Xyzal, Vitamin D3, Hydroxyzine (as needed), probiotics, Rowasa twice a week

lemonhead
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   Posted 1/26/2013 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have insurance? If so ask for a script for VSL#3DS-it is a probiotic and it will help. I had the same issue after my last c-scope. Still dealing with trying to get into remission. I was told to take Align (probiotic-OTC) but VSL is better. It usually takes me about 2 weeks to recover from my prep. How much of your colon is involved?
diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997. (45cm)

8caps Colazal
1 nightly Rowasa enema
Humira (Jan 2013)
tumeric, cholinergic acid, calcium, potassium, magnesium, triple fiber, VSL #3DS, gluten-free diet.

Katherine C
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   Posted 1/26/2013 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
@joanna yea exactly, haha! I haven't tried yet. I don't like to use drugs that are symptom controllers rather than meds for root causes. By the way, the SCD yogurt calmed me down! So thanks so so much =) I think I had 2 more oz. Haha.

Thanks @sherbear! Good point about it taking a while to get back. Guess I was just nervous because I had progressed so much on my SCD diet before the colonoscopy and was frustrated to have to start again from the beginning.

@lemonhead thanks, too! My doctor explained but I was drugged up and now he's too busy to see me (maybe I need a new GI). But I think he said the left side of colon and my rectum. Can I get VSL from my PCP? Guess I'll check the insurance. Also what are your suggestions for supplements? I see you take cholinergic acid. What is #3DS?
Kat
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Diagnosed via colonoscopy Ulcerative colitis (rectum)
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Katherine C
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   Posted 1/26/2013 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
@joanna what brands of supplements do you take? Did you decide on those supplements yourself or was a doc involved?
Kat
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Diagnosed via colonoscopy Ulcerative colitis (rectum)
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garylouisville
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   Posted 1/26/2013 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I keep on hearing stories like this and it scares me. I only had one colonoscopy. Before being diagnosed I was having about 3 bloody diarrhea movements per day. After colonoscopy and Asacol and VSL I have been having formed movements with no blood but 6-10 times per day. Last doc appointment I informed my doctor that colonoscopies scare me because I got worse after mine (probably due to the prep?). He told me there is nothing about the prep that would make you get worse but I'm not 100% convinced.
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hateuc
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   Posted 1/26/2013 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
i was def. worse after colonoscopy. It took me a few months before I was back to "my" normal. I am afraid to ever do one again. I will say though the very first one was fine for me after, so I guess every scope reaction is different.
UC diagnosed in 2010 but had prob. in 2009
2 Lialda/day Rowasa nightly, periodic anucort supp, starting Cortifoam 8/12
VSL#3, slippery elm
Metamucil wafers

Katherine C
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   Posted 1/26/2013 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow @hateuc I felt like I shouldn't have gotten it because I suspected UC anyway, and I wasn't planning on taking the drugs my doc would prescribe unless absolutely necessary! Good to know. Have you tried SCD or paleo?
Kat
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Diagnosed via colonoscopy Ulcerative colitis (rectum)
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Katherine C
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   Posted 1/26/2013 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
@garylouisville I am no doc but my doc said the same thing and my record is to get it only if absolutely necessary (e.g. You need surgery and need to confirm or else you'll die). Before my colonoscopy, I was very wary of getting one and figured gut flora would be disrupted and I'd have to start from scratch. I should have went with y gut because that's what I see is happening. Seriously, no joke, I had 2 cups of SCD yogurt and homemade chicken broth, and I stopped having diarrhea and my colon is tired but happy now. Wow. Amazed! Thanks again @bananasgirl
Kat
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Diagnosed via colonoscopy Ulcerative colitis (rectum)
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bananagirl
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   Posted 1/26/2013 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
hey katherine, so glad the extra yogurt is helping a bit! my gut was giving me hell yesterday so i had a huge glass of homemade kombucha today. love this stuff.

as for my supplements, i basically just research a bunch of things that are supposed to help UC and take those. i do b-12 shots because my doctor recommended them (im not b-12 deficient though). i take the iron for my anemia (spatone brand) with vit c so it's absorbed better. the cod liver oil had vit d and vit a so i think that's good. i'm pretty random with taking everything though. i limit myself to about 5 supplements a day so i don't overdue it. i switch off week to week with the ones i'm taking. i just added the cherry juice concentrate because so many people on the forum are taking it now. i didn't wanna be left out haha
Joanna, 23
Current: 3-6 loose bms/day (7-8 on bad days) urgent/gassy
humira, vit D, coc. kefir, CLO, astaxanthin, b12 shots, spatone iron, vit C, colostrum, interfase enzymes,scdophilus
Diet: SCD/paleo. yogurt, broth, meat, coconut oil, greens, veggies, fruit
Tried: canasa, rowasa, entocort, pred, 6mp, remi, lialda, welchol, bentyl, LDN, cipro, flagyl, VSL/Vit E enema, 8 FT, clay, aloe, slip. elm

Katherine C
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   Posted 1/27/2013 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Omgosh cherry juice concentrate sounds divine. I must find this!

Thanks so much. My bms have slowed down, but colon still acting crazy. I slept and then it woke me up an hour later. Patience! Haha perseverance
Kat
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SCD advocate since November 2011
Diagnosed via colonoscopy Ulcerative colitis (rectum)
Glutenfreekey.wordpress.com

hateuc
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   Posted 1/27/2013 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kat,
Sorry for the delay. I have tried SCD and was very strict...unf. it didn't work for me. However it does help others, so it is worth a try. I got back on track by adding Cortifoam to my regimin. I am very hesitant to do another colonoscopy, but you know the Dr will eventually make me do it. Hopefully later rather than sooner. Also I hope you take probiotics as that may also help. Hope you feel better soon!
B
UC diagnosed in 2010 but had prob. in 2009
2 Lialda/day Rowasa nightly, periodic anucort supp, starting Cortifoam 8/12
VSL#3, slippery elm
Metamucil wafers

Amber
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   Posted 4/15/2013 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Today is one week since my Colonoscopy. Five years ago was my first, had no issues. Used small bottles of medication to clean out colon with no after effects. In the media heard later that these were banned because of kidney disorders associated with their use. This time I received a jug and powder which cleaned my colon so well that it destroyed all the natural bacteria we need. I had diarrhea and vomiting for days, starting the Wednesday after the Monday procedure. When I called my doctors office, not knowing what was wrong, and scared that something had gone wrong in the procedure, his assistant got back to me with his recommendation of a CT Scan. I made the appointment, which I later cancelled after doing my homework on the internet. I was getting weaker by the day. My husband purchased lots of yogurt, picked up some Pedialyte and had me eat a small amount of bland food every few hours. The nausea stopped and the cramps and bloating went away, the diarrhea is finally subsiding. What upsets me is that NO ONE gave me any documentation or warning that this could happen!!!!!! AND, then recommended a CT Scan???!!!!!! There was no bleeding. The post from the woman whose father has gone thru this brought tears to my eyes....I pray he has gotten thru this. :(

Old Hat
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   Posted 4/15/2013 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Spasms post-scope can result from it brushing against the rectal wall. It's good to keep Rx Hyomax anti-spasmodic on hand in case this happens-- to get quicker relief than you would by diet & rest alone. Hang in there! / Old Hat (32 yrs with left-sided UC; presently in remission taking brandname Colazal)
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