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   Posted 9/23/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
 My 16 yr old son is having a colonscopy and endoscopy tomorrow due to stomachaches and weight loss.  I have Crohns and have had 3 colonscopies and the prep has always been magnesium citrate the night before and clear liquids the day before.  The doctor has my son taking the citrate for three nights before and clear liquids the day before.  I have never heard of such a long prep.  Does this sound like the norm for pediatrics? 
 He started it Sunday night and couldn't eat on Monday because he was afraid that he would have a problem at school.  So now by the time he has the test on Wed. he won't have had anything solid except a milkshake and half a chicken breast in two days.  Not to mention the effects of what he calls two days of "stomach acid diarrhea" on his rear end. 
I feel like I should have really questioned the necessity of doing three days of this.

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   Posted 9/23/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Not sure about pediatrics but are you sure the Dr. said 3 days of it. Does seem like alot but not sure of the policies of your Dr. or what is going on inside your son. Hope he is able to get threw this without too much discomfort. lol gail
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   Posted 9/23/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Same gastro as yours? Your son prone to constipation? It does sound like overkill but then we don't know all the circumstances.

I hope you've shared how to spare his bottom those acid burns!! Pat, don't rub or wipe. Hot water to soothe and wash off the bile acids. Diaper wipes or equivalent for patting dry. One of the various suggested ointments or salves.
Make sure he drinks PLENTY of clear liquids so he doesn't dehyrdate and to protect his kidneys!!! Whilst I prefer the mag cit or phosphosoda preps myself they CAN be hard on the kidneys.

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   Posted 9/23/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, that just seems inhumane. I remember feeling weak and terrible from just the one day of a liquid diet and all that chemicals. I'm not sure if that's common or not, but sure sounds horrible for him. Hope time goes by quickly for him, and it will be over soon.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!

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   Posted 9/23/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
3days? crikey thats alot,thou i do find different GI's haf diff preps, the lsat prep i did was quite easy only got laxitives and no clean prep stuff which i had to drink 3 litres of last time and the stuff tastd horrible
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   Posted 9/23/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, he's taking it better than I am. I could't keep it down when I had to take one bottle. Hopefully we will know something tomorrow. But I think I need to grow a spine and ask more questions.

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