Finally had my colonoscopy & endoscopy yesterday!

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   Posted 7/22/2006 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
After waiting a long 3 months within the healthcare rollercoaster, I finally had my procedures yesterday.  I was under conscious sedation and don't remember much after they numbed my throat in prepearation for the endoscopy.  Apparently after they got me in the room, I would not stop talking because I was so full of anxiety.  They told my husband that they gave me enough meds that would knock HIM on the floor (twice my weight) & they still couldn't get me sedated.  It was a quick procedure & recovery wasn't bad at all yesterday.  Also, to anyone wondering about having your usual abdominal pain during the premedication the night before, I go through a lot of pain & didn't experience any during the prep.
I took it easy on eating yesterday & made sure to choose light foods.  I have advanced to a "normal" diet today & still feel crampy, but no big pains.  My question is, how long does it take for my system to return to what is normal for me?  I began eating lunch yesterday & now it is midnight where I am (after a full day of eating) and I haven't had any bowel movements.  Now, I know I am thankful that I have had a break after the suffering before the procedure, but I was just wondering what was the usual timing of the GI system eliminating waste post-procedure.  Can anybody relate?
I go back for the biopsy results in a couple of weeks, but during the procedure itself, they found nothing which doesn't surprise me. 

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   Posted 7/22/2006 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi- congrats on making it through your procedures.  I too was lucky and did well during both, but I had them separately.  You will definitely want to confirm with your own MD on this, but my GI doc specifically told me (I asked before as i have issues with both!) that I may not go for a few days.  He told me that is normal as we have emptied out everything and some!  I consider my GI doc very competent, so hopefully this is all that's going on with you.  For me, it took about 4 days. But again, for me that's normal- please check with your doc as I don't want to falsely advise you. Good luck and again, glad you made it through. 

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   Posted 7/22/2006 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you finally got the scopes out of the way. :-)
After I had them both done I didn't pee for 12 hours or poop for 5 days. It was crazy. That prep pretty much eliminates everything and then your body needs at least a couple days to recoup. But, immediately following the procedures I went back to eating normally. My doc never said I couldn't... But please, follow whatever orders your doc gave.
Anyway, don't be surprised if it takes a few days for the crampiness to go away and for your bowels begin to work again.
Keep us posted on your results. Good luck!
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   Posted 7/22/2006 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I find after the colonscopy that my digestive system is messed up for a while. I think it would have helped if I had taken the acidophalous and other probiotics starting the next day as it helped me later on. Guess all the good and the bad stuff is gone. Next time I will start right away to see if I can get back to normal faster.
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