Is this fairly typical?

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   Posted 7/16/2010 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering how long it takes to recover from a colonoscopy. For the first 2 days afterwards I suffered terrible D, since then I've produced virtually nothing over the past 7 days. Initially I suffered terrible cramping and nausea, but now I'm just very bloated, swollen and uncomfortable. I have had colonoscopies before but never experienced this. Is this something I should be concerned about at this point, or is it a fairly typical reaction? I've been reluctant to take OTC laxatives since experiencing significant pain after taking just the smallest dose in the past. We have been told very little regarding any findings until all results are through, however Crohn's has long been suspected and we are cautiously optimistic this time that some kind of answer is finally coming.

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   Posted 7/16/2010 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Not a typical reaction I don't think...

The not going with cramping and bloating is something to talk to your doc about.

They would have the results 7 days too.

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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 7/16/2010 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Please call your doc asap. It often took me several days to recover from a colonscopy or barium swallow but your symptoms sound a bit alarming. Stay hydrated, perhaps apply a heating pad, warm bath, shower, drink warm/sweet liquids. Hopefully you don't have a blockage and are not distended. Sending good vibes.
25 years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol, xanax, procrit, ursodiol; anemia of chronic disease, PSC, kidney issues from crohn's as well

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   Posted 7/16/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
i usually have a bunch of gas and maybe a bit of bleeding if they did biopsies but uusally feel fine the next day
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

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   Posted 7/17/2010 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I recover pretty quickly, but bleed a little more for a week or so. but, I've never felt bloated after a procedure. Maybe a call to the doc is a good idea... Never hurts to be on the safe side!
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   Posted 7/17/2010 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
i hae had 3 of the done to me and after about an hour or so when the drugs wear off im fine. and ifu didnt ask to be knocked out for it ask next time DEMAND DRUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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