Small Bowel Follow Through - anyone do any kind of prep/cleanout?

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   Posted 5/23/2011 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I have my small bowel follow through on Wednesday. The directions aren't very specific for the test but basically say to fast for the evening/night before the test...but I know these are the generic directions they give everyone for this test. I was wondering if anyone here has had this test and done any kind of clean out or prep before the test? I have done some reading and some places recommend a prep, some do not.

I think since I have issues with CI I might just take some dulcolax the day before to be on the safe side. I'd hate to have a "slow" small bowel just because I was too backed up for it to really move anywhere!

Any ideas or advice would be appreciated, I am getting pretty nervous about it.


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   Posted 5/23/2011 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had to do 'clear liquids' the day before. Then nil by mouth from midnight. Test was at 10am. Altho the nurse admitted they normally do them at 8am as people are pretty wiped out by then! she was right! Anyway, I had exactly the same problem.. slow colon but small bowel was fine.. whizzed through in 20 mins in fact. No other prep and I didn't take laxatives. Good luck and hope you get the results you're looking for. X
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