Prepping for my colonoscopy

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 5/20/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
Prep time and since I am kind of not mobile right now even though it is a beautiful almost summer day, I couldn't think of a more appropriate place to post.
I was contemplating the fact that it is extremely ironic that we all first have to fight this disease - which can be enormously frustrating and some of the treatments and tests are  ....well....not fun..  Not really very fair is it?
I just want to say thanks to everyone who spends time encouraging and helping people on this board.  People without this disease don't get it and it is very reassurring that there is someone out there that does....not for a pity party but for a boost.
I had to go to Korea recently for business...very long flight, but it went ok...then on the second day...ya crohn's decided to rear its ugly head with cramps diahrea, naseau, dehydryation ( you get the picture)....made me pretty thankful to get home and I did manage to avoid the hospital.....
So now I am dealing with the emotions of feeling very if I wanted to travel, could I...I have never felt like this if anyone has some nice encouraging words for me I would appreciate it...I am not ready to take this lying down.
DX AT 39 (2005)

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 209
   Posted 5/20/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with your prep...
Hope everything goes well.
and your feeling better soon...
And of course may all your stools be formed...
(Great name)
diagnosed 1981
remission until 2006
Entocort, 6mp,Hydrochlorothiazide
Remission since surgery
and 8-week Remacade.
d since 1981(enjoy the look
on Dr's faces)

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 176
   Posted 5/20/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi formedstooler!

I wish you all the luck with your prep and colonoscopy.  I just went through this myself Monday & Tuesday.  Not fun, and glad it's over with!!  Just out of curiosity, do you use the 4 litre prep (NuLytely)?  Years ago I tried the smaller volume stuff (Magnesium Citrate??), but I thought it would kill me.  I know the larger volume preps are easier on the system.

Sorry to hear about the problems you experienced while traveling recently.  In responding to your comment and concerns about traveling in the future, first off, I can certainly understand your being leery about it.  I am the worry wart of all worry warts (or I should say USED to be), and I've learned to take only ONE day or ONE problem at a time.  Believe it or not, I think having Crohn's has actually helped in that regard!!

I wouldn't discount the idea of traveling again in the future---that would be sad.  In planning for your next trip, maybe you'll have more information about what sets off your flares so that hopefully you can avoid some of those things or lessen their impact.  Or better yet, maybe you'll be fortunate enough to be in remission!  Who knows?!  Probably the best input I can give right now, is to just keep in mind that since flares can happen anywhere at anytime, why not take the chance and possibly have some fun (traveling) while in the process! 

Hope this helps, and hope all goes well for you tomorrow!  Keep us posted, OK?



54 year old female;
Have had Crohn's of terminal ileum for over 9 yrs, but finally accepted diagnosis when it was confirmed Feb. 2008.
Allergic/hypersensitivity to Pentasa, Entocort, and 6-MP.  Recently started Humira in December.

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/20/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my goodness. I would so rather HAVE a colonoscopy than prep anyday. I luckily got the chance to take 60 pills one time versus having to drink nylightly or that crap at the grocery store. I keep telling my doctor if he ever...EVER is going to get another colonoscopy out of me again, I'm doing the pills.

But good luck, I know how extremely hard it is to drink that horrible crap!!!!


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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 947
   Posted 5/21/2009 4:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with the prep, I used Half-lytley for my surgery and I took my prep at work and it really wasn't that bad.
Traveling, I will never give it up. We did a cruise in January and in Ferbruary I had surgery, I wasn't going to let Crohns dictate my life. We are going on another cruise this fall and I will deal with whatever Crohns throws at me.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 354
   Posted 5/21/2009 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I like cruises because your own private bathroom is close by! Me and my husband are going to Alaska a week from Friday. They are a good option for those tolietly impaired.
Jessica 27/F
Remicade, Entocort 3/day, Rowasa ,
Apriso/4 pills
Citalopram 20 MG

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