Does anyone receive a pleasant, almost normal period after a bowel prep?

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   Posted 8/20/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Back when I was having annual colonoscopies I felt great for almost 2 weeks after a bowel prep. Then I'd tell my husband when I'd get really out of whack, I needed to do a Fleet's Phospho Soda. But I never did and couldn't bring myself to drink that stuff unless it was ordered by a doc. LOL So I just had another colonoscopy last week (negative, horray!) and I'm still having limited daily bm's, they're formed and all......

I think I need to time my colonoscopies better in the future! Say one week before vacation or the hectic xmas season......

And of course I am waiting for the shoe to fall. I know things are gonna get out of whack again, they always do. At least that is something I can count on with this crazy IBS stuff - things never remain normal or good!

Mary/Marsky (1999: Stage 1 Rectal Cancer Survivor, 90% Sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed (but I don't suffer from yellow bile output), left with chronic IBS like symptoms now......what fun!)

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   Posted 8/21/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I look forword to having the colon prep, almost, because I know everything isw going to be cleaned out, and I stay almost normal for at least a couple of weeks
It seemed like a good idea at the time

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   Posted 8/23/2008 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. I didn't think it was my imagination...LOL

The other shoe has started to drop in my case. Of course I am stressed out (our youngest is going off to college in less than 2 weeks). It is just very busy right now. Each day I have to force myself to take deep breaths, that it will all work out fine. She doesn't even want to run errands to get everything she will need. That's another story, topic, he he.

Anyway, I'm eating the foods that work the best for me, still taking my pediatric dose of Colace each night and tricking my mind into thinking this is such a normal time in our family. LOL!

Is it working - no, not really but I am trying.

There were actually a few days when I didn't have any bm's. I was in SHOCK!

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   Posted 8/28/2008 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
The shoe has now fallen. 2 weeks after my bowel prep for my colonoscopy. What fun! I feel wrung out today and I have to work overtime too!

What timing......

But a holiday weekend is coming up so maybe my body's way of cleaning itself out yesterday was a good thing? LOL

Not that I want to do another Fleet's....but that near normal phase was nice, while it lasted!

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   Posted 8/29/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Dang!  I always find my diarrhea abates somewhat after a big prep, too.  Or when I'm fasting excessively for some test or another.  I am at Mayo right now for a fructose intolerance test.  I am sick of fasting every other day for some darn test, although the decrease in diarrhea is kind of neat.
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   Posted 8/29/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I hate fasting too. It really messes me up. As I've shared on this board, we bought a ski boat this summer. So if we are out on it a lot, many days in a row, I am eating very little, so they're not always stopping at a marina's restroom for me. After a busy phase like that I long for rain and normal, calm days - LOL! So yes the eating, then fasting, then eating, I think is harder because our systems are used to steady intake and then not to have it, when you do eat again, I find myself running to the bathroom with D.

I used to have it SO GOOD and didn't even know it.....dang! (prior to rectal cancer, 1 big poop a day, the good ole days....he he).

Well, the good news with my nice little "normal" 2 week period is when all you know what hit 2 days ago, it in a sense cleaned me out again. So now I'm going into boating this holiday weekend, feeling pretty darn good! Knock on wood......

Good luck with your test Sarita. Let us know how it goes....
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