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   Posted 4/19/2010 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I know there are a lot of threads about this but tomorrow I will be prepping for my first colonoscopy in five years. I was just wondering if any one had any tips on how to make this easier if thats possible. Any help is greatly appriciated!

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   Posted 4/20/2010 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Best of luck to you today. Prepping is never a fun thing. 
Here's a few tips:
Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated (even before you begin your prep). I found that apple juice really helped curb my hunger pangs at those moments when my stomach was feeling yucky and I really, REALLY wished I could have had something to eat.
Once you start your prep and things get moving, use non-alcohol wipes to "pat" dry instead of using toilet paper. This prevented me from having that raw, burning feeling. Line a trash can with a plastic bag to dispose of the wipes and then you can just toss the entire bag once your prep is complete.
Find something fun to occupy your time while you're on the john. I took my mini laptop in the bathroom with me - surfed the net, etc. It was a great distraction.
I hope all goes well and good luck with your scope!
38 y.o. F. Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2009.
Never had symptoms until after my daughter was born in 2006.
Currently taking probiotics and digestive enzymes.
Entocort on standby in the event of a flare.

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   Posted 4/20/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
If you do not like the taste of whatever prep solution you have to drink, try this. Have a wet washcloth near you when you drink. Wipe you tongue off after each swig. It kills some of the bad taste and makes it easier for me to get things down....really helpful when you have to do a barium swallow.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 4/20/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
It depends on what prep you're doing, but I will give you some general tips:

Make your drink as cold as possible so you can't taste it as much. Even put the glass in the fridge before you put the beverage in it. Use a straw so you can bypass your tongue. I like to suck on a lollipop in between sips of the drink to get the gross taste away. The wipes are great for once you really get going!

Remember, as soon as your poo is clear liquid (even if its slightly yellow), you can stop drinking.
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10!
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently on:7.5 mg Prednisone, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 

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   Posted 4/20/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I prepped on Sunday. This thread would have come in useful for then.

Anyway I didn't do anything special. Just drank a litre of Moviprep (twice) very, very slowly. Still worked, though.

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   Posted 4/20/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Please be careful. My sister took prednisone for many years and ended up with colon cancer. I posted on here earlier and suggested going to the "Great Taste No Pain" site . You don't even need to but anything just use the diet she offers to print out and you'll see a difference right away and no drugs. I hope this helps even one of you.

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   Posted 4/20/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I must say one of the worst parts is not eating! Im never as hungry as when someone tells me I cant eat. And the liquids and broth just arent cutting it! Oh well I guess my first meal afterwards will just taste even better! 80s chick I love the lollipop idea! I will be trying that!

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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 4/20/2010 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Wished I had jumped on yesterday.

NUMBER 1 for me, BARRIER CREAM, like Penaten, for baby's butt's-- the white stuff. Get it right up inside (I just wrap my finger in plastic wrap) dig out a fair bit and slather. I do it before I start pooping and again if I feel a hint of burn. It pisses me off that the doc's don't tell you to do this. Can you say pooping rocket fuel?? If you're here, I'm guessing you can.

You can drink water with the prep, swallows to rinse the mouth work fine for me.
CD 24 years. Multiple surgeries in past 10 yrs. 4 year Illeostomy. Mesh rejection. Too close to death, twice. Large inscisional hernia. Perpetually underweight. Short bowel syndrom. Have used a variety of complementary medical therapies. Highly recommend Bowen Therapy as the best body work. Take me vites. Started Low Dose Naltrexone March 27, 2010. Got married for the only time 2008. Survive because of the love of good friends, and because I can. Happy to be alive. IBD needs more awareness and more voices willing to speak up. BE well.

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   Posted 4/21/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are taking osmoprep the best advice I can give you is do not take it with water. I got so gaggy on water. I have issues with taking pills with water anyway. White grape juice was an approved liquid on my sheet so after throwing up once after being disgusted by all the water I was drinking the white grape juice worked great!!
Dx with crohns February 25, 2010. But suspect I had it since 2002 with very mild symptoms.
4 lialda a day.
3 entocort daily for the next few months
hyosamine for daytime
Bentyl for evening
Ferrous Sulfate(iron supplement)

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