Posted 6/10/2007 5:59 PM (GMT -7)
I had one last year and like you, was dreading it. Once it was all over, I was like "That's it"!
The worst part was drinking the "goo"! Which I only drank 1/2 (which was ok cause I was super clean the next day)
The actual test itself was a breeze. They give you a sedative to relax (which works GREAT) and the test last less than 5 mins.
Now here is the best part of a colonoscopy. You are totally detoxed once the colon is totally clean.
The day of the colonoscopy I had an energy I haven't had it a long time. Which was obviously from detoxing.
Don't sweat it.......the fear it is worse than the test.

Good luck :-)

Posted 6/10/2007 8:23 PM (GMT -7)

Hi Heather,

It's just as everyone says, the prep is the worst part.  They told me if I could get at least 3/4 of the jug down, that would be enough.  Some facilities offer a flavor packet to mix with the medication in the jug, the cherry's not bad. Kind of has the flavor of salt-water, though.  The actual test is done while you're sedated, not too heavily, but enough so you don't feel a thing.  They used Versed and Fentynl for me and the Versed is not only a sedative, but has amnesic qualities to it, hence the not remembering anything afterwards.  The only problem is, you may say things you might not remember!  When I had mine (at the same hospital I work at), the physician was a Dr. I know quite well, as was the nurse.  I told the nurse when I "came to" that I was so glad the Dr. wasn't there when I woke up, as he had just been-pardon the expression- up my a**!  She said, well you spoke to him for several minutes before he left--I have no clue what I said!  I think everyone worries before the test, cause they 1) don't know what they'll find, and 2) it's embarrassing.  The nurses are really great at putting you at ease though.  Take care, and good luck..


Posted 6/11/2007 6:17 AM (GMT -7)
phndoc said...
Ask your doctor for the pills form. It is so much better to take...

I agree... I have had both but I prefer the Visicol pills.
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Posted 6/11/2007 5:14 PM (GMT -7)

Hello everyone,

I am coming into this one a bit late I think, but just to say I have had this done a few times and as the others say, the preparation beforehand is worse than the actual procedure.  I have only everr had a fizzy liquid type thingummy for cleansing and it was a bit harsh, but if there are tablets to do it then that is better I think.  I think in my case it was quite a bit more harsh because I was very sore in the area anyway.

Also the sleepy bit that you go into is good too.  They didn't normally put me "out" but I don't actually remember much about what is going on.  Next thing I know I am in recovery.  

I don't know how it works where you're going to have it done, but I found it a little embarrassing afterwards with all the animal noises going on in the recovery room.  Just trying to lighten things up for you, please don;t think me rude hee hee !!

Seriously though, please don't worry it is the best thing to have done under the circumstances.  Much better to be safe than sorry. 

Best of luck.

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Posted 6/11/2007 5:53 PM (GMT -7)
Heather, I second what everyone else has said. The prep work is no fun but the procedure is a piece of cake. I've had it done once and will be due for another one in three years and don't dread it in the least. I'll be sure to remember what Des had to say about her favorite t-paper, baby wipes, and magazines! Good one Des.

Good luck Heather.

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Posted 6/11/2007 6:39 PM (GMT -7)
ive had a colonoscopy. one year ago. yeah, the prep was so bad i felt like i had to puke everything i hadnt eaten. it tasted so bad. i didnt have any IV placed but it didnt hurt. it felt funny and weird but it was really fast.
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Posted 6/11/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -7)
Hi Heather,
   Like Frank and Des said, there are other options you can talk to your doctor about instead of the Colyte. Most doctors prefer the colyte as it cleans the colon out better, but some people aren't able to drink it. The pills are one option, but there's also, Go-lytely (which is half the size of the colyte jug and flavored), and fleet soda phosphate(three tables spoons the night before and 3 tables spoons the morning of).
  I'm sure all doctors have their preference. The group of GI's I work for give all the options listed above, but they do prefer the colyte. I'm sure you and your GI doc will choose the right one for you. Good luck and take care.
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Posted 6/11/2007 9:09 PM (GMT -7)
I have had a couple done myself and the pills are the better way. It is so much easyer to do. nothing to be scared of... you get to sleep and when you wake up .....all done.

Best to you...
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Posted 6/27/2007 3:37 PM (GMT -7)
This could be TMI, BUT..... This is the day before my procedure. At 2:00 I drank 10 oz. of Magnesium Citrate. At 4:00 I took 4 Dulcolax. It's 5:40 now and I have not had to use the restroom one time. I don't even feel like I will need to at all. Is this bad? What happens if I don't go today at all? Everyone said I should be in the bathroom 4-5 hours, and it hasn't even phased me. Is it still too early?
Posted 6/27/2007 4:47 PM (GMT -7)
Have you gone yet? It's a little over an hour since you posted and I am hoping things have started to move. Your colonoscopy prep instruction sheet should tell you who to call, what to do, if you haven't had a BM by a certain time. If you don't go tonight, it could be possible that you won't be sufficiently cleaned out for them to do the scope tomorrow.

Let us know....
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Posted 6/27/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -7)
Still nothing... there is no number or anything to call if I haven't had a BM by a certain time. I did have one this morning before I started on the laxatives. Could this be why?
Posted 6/27/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -7)
BTW... it's almost 8:00, so it has been 6 hours since I drank the mag. citrate and 4 hours since I took the Dulcolax.
Posted 6/27/2007 6:00 PM (GMT -7)
I just called the hospital. Since it is outpatient, there is no nurse available to speak with me. However, I did talk to someone in radiology, and she said to keep drinking water and it should push things. I don't know. I still don't feel like water is going to make any difference. I have had chicken broth and jello, and still nothing. I really, really hope I don't get down to the hospital at 6 in the morning and have them tell me they can't do it! Ugh! This is so frustrating!
Posted 6/27/2007 6:18 PM (GMT -7)
If there is no phone number call your gastro's office, they should have a phone service that can reach one of the gastro doc's & they will call you back. I have never took the mag so I'm not sure how it will work you. I do know the dulcolax takes a while. I have bought the mag before when I was constipated but after the pharmasist telling me not to leave the house if I took it I chickened out on taking it.
Posted 6/27/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -7)
Hi Heather;

I'm sorry that you've not had the results that you were expecting. I have to say I've taken both the other bowel preps. I know for sure that the mag can take up to 6 hrs to work. I'd think that if you are having a procedure your GI would have used something that was most assuredly make you go the toilet.

Wishing you the best and I hope your appt isn't canceled in the morning.

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Posted 12/17/2007 9:41 PM (GMT -7)
HI I started my dulcolax (4) at 5:30pm, and my osmoprep pills series at 6:30. I started going at 8:45ish. How long do you think I will keep going? It's 11:30 now and i'm still going brown stuff--not clear-- every 10 min or so. It's really liquidy, but no clear yet. Does anyone know how long it will take to clean out?

Also, my instructions say to take 8 more pills in the morning 3.5 hours before my procedure. SO that would be 5:30 because my colonoscopy is at 9am. Will i keep pooing up until i Get there? It takes at least 30 mins to get to the hospital... and I don't have any diapers! What should I do if i have to "Go"? umm... sorry for the TMI. but this is really causing me a bit of worry.

Also, how do they tell if your prep was successful? Before or after they put you through anesthesia?

Thanks a lot to anyone who knows these answers!!!

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