Bowel prep questions

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   Posted 3/15/2008 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I will be having a bowel resection next month, and I'm getting nervous about the surgery.  I'm perhaps equally as nervous about the bowel prep though!
Can I ask how bad the bowel prep is for those that have undergone it?
I currently deal with very severe intestinal cramps, so I'm scared and apprehensive that the bowel prep will cause even more severe cramps.  Or, does the bowel prep not cause much cramping?  During your bowel preps, did you experiece any intestinal cramping?
I will be taking 4 Dulcolax followed by the several bottles of the phosphosoda.  Has anyone followed this regimen for a bowel prep?  If so, how did your body react to it?
Does anyone have any tips on how I can make the phosposoda more pallitable?  I remember that someone once wrote that she mixed the phosphosoda in ginger ale, but I can't remember if she said the ginger ale helped or not.
Any advice, suggestions, and feedback will be greatly appreciated by me - and by my gut :-)
Thanks everyone.  I really appreciate it.
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   Posted 3/16/2008 12:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Re the phospho soda, pour only 1/3 of the bottle into a full, clear glass of juice or pop (you can add ice) and drink it as fast as you can (which is what they prefer you do, not sipping), doing this 3 times in a row will get one full 45ml bottle of the phospho down without noticing the horrid taste or the oily consistancy...this is the only way I prep with the phospho anymore and it's a sinch.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 3/16/2008 12:38 AM (GMT -7)   

I had my colonoscopy on the 22nd of Feb. I had the phospho soda prep and I didn't have any cramping associated with it.
My recommendation would be to use a shot glass or something similar (I used an egg cup) and fill it half full then fill it with water (or clear juice) and shoot it back in one shot then chase it will a full glass of your preferred beverage. I unfortunately didn't figure this method out until my second phospho soda bottle and all the stores were closed so I just used water. Juice like white grape or white cranberry would be good. I don't know how pop would work since it's fizzy and I can't drink a large amount of fizzy drinks at once (not like you can down a large glass of juice or water).
Definitely drink as much water as you can stand since you're likely to be dehydrated by morning.

Best of luck!
Dx: Crohn’s Ileitis as of 22/02/08
Rx: 4g Pentasa (2 pills 4 times per day)
9mg Budesonide (one capsule 3 times per day for the next 6 weeks)

Pre 22/02/08: 2.4g Asacol (discontinued due to Crohn's Diagnosis)

Mary T
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   Posted 3/16/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I talked my doctor into letting take pico salax for a bowel prep intead of the regular stuff. We did it for 2 days instead of one and it was so much easier to tolerate. I dind't have any cramps.
The other thing that you might find interesting is that I wasn't asked to do any bowel prep for my last 2 resections. The surgeries were done by 2 different doctors at 2 different hospital. Interesting.

Hope your bowel prep and surgery go excellently. All the best of luck.


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   Posted 3/16/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
i didnt do any bowel prep for my resection,which surprised me too.
dx 17 aug 2007
20 yrs old
23 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed  100mg azamun

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