First colonoscopy next Wednesday-need advice and positive thoughts!

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   Posted 3/24/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

I'm brand new to this site, and am looking for any good information and advice to help get me through my procedure next week. Here's the short version of my story: During the end of November, I noticed that my bowel movements were thinner-not pencil thin or spaghetti noodle thin, but just thinner that I am used to seeing. I had recently changed my diet to include more water, fresh fruits and veggies, and more whole grains to increase my fiber intake. After a month of thinner than normal stools, I called my doctor to get his thoughts. He had some blood work drawn, did a FOBT which was negative, and a rectal exam which was normal. Told me to take Citrucel or Benefiber to bulk up my stool, and return in one month. I chose the Benefiber-no problem with it at all. If anything, I noticed that it increased my bowel movements and I felt great! I have always gone once a day, and with the Benefiber added, I will now go 1-3 times a day. A month went by, and the size of my stool remained the same. The doctor suggested a CT of my abdomen/pelvis and a colonoscopy. He told me he didn't think anything was seriously wrong, but that I would have more piece of mind if we did these tests. (He knows me well, and I tend to worry!) The CT was done (barely made it through drinking the oral contrast-yuck!) and I was told my abdomen was beautiful. Just a slight adhesion from a rupture appendix 20+ years ago and what the radiologist called a very mild inflammation in my colon. Said it was so mild he may not even mention it. So, here I am today, and my colonoscopy is set for next week on Wednesday. I was prescribed Moviprep, which I am dreading as I can't drink things for tests. How am I going to stomach that stuff?! To make matters worse, my thinner than normal stools have seemed to have bulked up over the past 3 weeks to what they used to be. Good timing! VIEW IMAGE If anyone has any thoughts, positive experiences, can tell me what to expect with Moviprep or has any suggestions on how to survive the dreaded prep day, I would greatly appreciate it! Many thanks in advance!

(A little more info-I am a 32 year old female, no family history of colon cancer, no personal history of bowel problems.)
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   Posted 3/24/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm the same way with drinking things. Mainly because they just taste so foul. Keep something on hand to wash it down with. Just remember to follow the rules with food dyes. I think it's no red or purple dyes but your doc may have given you something that tells you what you need to know. Just grab a book or some magazines that you've been meaning to read to take with you into the bathroom. Or a hand held game, you will be in there for awhile. I like to get some baby wipes for this because your poor rear will get sore.

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   Posted 3/24/2009 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had multiple colonoscopies over the years. One really helpful tip is to drink the prep through a straw. Put the tip of the straw back past the middle of your tongue. The liquid will bypass most of your taste buds and be easier to get down. Also, get it really icy cold, as that makes the taste less prominent for any liquid.

Stay close to the bathroom, as you may have trouble making it in there once the prep starts working. The wipes are a good idea - I use Cottonelle, because a lot of baby wipes have some alcohol (ouch) in them. Also, get some Desitin ointment, A&D ointment or other barrier cream to protect your skin.

The scope itself is no problem for most of us. Most docs give IV medications that will make you sleepy and cause you not to remember much about the procedure. After you're finished, you can eat a good meal, then I usually take a nap because I'm really sensitive to the sedatives.

Be sure you have someone to drive you to and from the procedure, as you'll be too drowsy to drive safely.

Good luck, and I hope you get a clean report.
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   Posted 3/24/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I am looking for your advice! I am misereable with constipation, and have a new prescription for AMITIZA. But the side efftects that are listed scare me. Chest pain? Tightness of breath? Good grief, it does not sound worth it. Meanwhile, I am swallowing handfuls of laxitives.

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   Posted 3/24/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tuesday,
I haven't had any side effects with Amitiza, and I am usually super sensitive (knock on wood). As for your procedure--just know that the prep is the worst part. I know that might not sound super positive, but before I had my first one, I remember thinking "good lord! If this is just the prep--what is the procedure going to be like?!" You'll get through the prep--it won't be fun, but finding out what is happening with your body is well worth the trouble! Good luck,
katie; 24
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year; diagnosed with colitis 2007; malrotated colon; no cecal valve, removed during surgery; gastritic emptying; Amitiza;

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   Posted 3/24/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   

I was not familiar with that prep so looked it up. Apparantly it is not unpleasant to take, you just have to take quite a bit of it. 2 liters. If you really think you will have a problem drinking that much then I would call the doctor and see if he has an alternative that he uses for people that cannot handle that much liquid. You said you have a problem drinking things for tests so that in itself is more psychological as I am sure you can drink things otherwise. If he has not alternative, try not to think about the test part. Here is a link for that prep. Are you in Canada? I notice this is from salix and they do make something called Pico Salix which most people find tastes well and I don't think you have to drink that much.

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   Posted 4/1/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone. I found this site doing research for possible ideas for getting my oxycodone 30mg prescription filled this month and came across the list of topics. I also suffer with irritable bowel syndrome which can be triggered by something as simple as someone just getting on your nerves and i have also suffered with the most severe bouts of constipation which i experienced during my chemotherapy treatments; along with the combination of pain medications. As stated by everyone else, the worst part of having the colonoscopy is the prep and possibly waking up to realize that "YES" it was you who made that extremely loud noise while passing gas. :o) The best part is that when they put you under, it is some of the best sleep you can possibly have and you don't remember a thing afterwards. If I may, I'd like to share my experience and things that helped me along the way. Since having chemo, my veins have all pretty much hardened and/or collapsed so if you have a the same problem with them finding a useful vein and especially without pain...ask if they can maybe use your hand or wrist, but numb them both in order to avoid the pain while trying to get the IV to take. To "THISTUESDAY" I'd like to share my past experience with you especially. For the severe constipation, in less than a day I would take AND drink several laxatives, use various enimas (4-5 in a day), use olive oil in the rectum, among other desparate ideas and nothing worked. Each time I had to go to the emergency room and be admitted into the hospital which I was told was the best thing to do and IT WAS. smilewinkgrin   They would instantly give me something for the pain, then set me up with the HUGE enima bag (filled with warm water and hung from the top of your IV tower) which sometimes worked right away, but sometimes did not and finally they put me on Miralax; which is now offered over the counter without a prescription. It is a white powder that goes into your drink and trust me when I say it is absolutely TASTELESS & ODORLESS and you can put it in anything you choose to drink whether it be hot or cold. It disolves very fast and I prefered to put it in my hot coffee or hot tea. What it does is coats your intestines so once it starts working, you will notice that your bowels start moving without the abdominal cramping and you will notice the stool water has oil droplets in it. No worries, that is proof that it's working and aside from my bouts with the IBS I can happily say that four years later I still continue to take an arsenal of heavy duty medications and since using the Miralax have not had constipation since 2005. Initially I was taking it everyday and after the first week or so the doctor decreased the amount from every other day until eventually I did not need it anymore. I have had six hospital stays, from coma to blood clots in my lungs and five of them also mainly focused on the severe constipation caused by the chemo so please feel free to ask if there is anything else I can possible offer advise on. Whatever you do, speak up to your doctors and medical staff because only you know what your body is experiencing and they can only guess about what may or may not be helping you if you don't offer any input in your treatment.  You are the most important part of your medical team taking care of you and making you better.

Post Edited (pal12367a) : 4/2/2009 12:33:20 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/4/2009 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I'm new to the site. I have had IBS with diarrhea since 1982. Was tolerable up to about 10 years ago. I have had many colonoscopies over the years. The procedure is a breeze, it's the clean out that is horrible. I don't drink the drain cleaner. There are pills you can take that you drink with clear liquids like apple juice, ginger ale, water of course, weak tea. You have to take about 20 pills and drink a desired quantity of liquids but I find it much easier than the liquid clean out. I can only get half the liquid down and then it just starts coming back up. The most important thing to remember is you must have your colon completely clear of feces or the scope can not go through your intestines. There is no sense starting the bowel prep and not do it correctly because the doctor will not be able to perform the colonoscopy. They will have to reschedule you and you will only have to go through it all over again. I hope this helps you.
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