Scope via stoma after total colectomy

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   Posted 9/17/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 25 and had a total colectomy done last November. I went into the hospital because I dehydrated from being pregnant and having severe morning sickness, then my colitis flared up causing toxic megacolon. My colon perferorated, and I had an emergency colectomy, became severely infected, which brought on my miscarriage, then I had to have a "clean out" surgery to clean out all of the infection caused from the perforation. I was in the hospital for a couple of months after that battling the infection. I had to do physical and occupational therapy for a few months to be able to walk again.
Now, I'm doing really great. I've gained all of my weight back and can walk normal again. Here's the problem:
I began bleeding via my rectum again since the surgeries. I went to the doctor, they did a scope and said that I still have disease in whats left of my rectum. The doctors now don't know if what I have is colitis or crohns, so they plan to scope me through my stoma and my rectum tomorrow to check things out. They gave me a perscription for something called moviprep to prep for the scope. And, I can't eat all day today. Also, on the instruction paperwork, it says to take Dulcolax.
Should the prep be any different for me since I do not have a colon for it to go through? Has anyone esle gone through this without a colon? I don't plan on taking the stool softener because, well, I don't know how much softer my stool can get. But, does anyone think that I will have to drink all of the prep? It just doesn't seem like I would have to do the same prep as someone who has a colon would have to do.

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   Posted 9/17/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Those of us with ileostomy SHOULD NOT take prep. 24 hours of clear liquids is enough to clean us out. Prep can severely dehydrate us. Unfortunately, those who send out the instructions fail to realise this :(

Btw, the ileoscope (scope via the stoma) is a piece of cake and one of the easiest scopes I've ever had, I even got to watch it all on the camera thingy.

Good luck.
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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   Posted 9/17/2007 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Shaz  - that is exactly what my surgeon always told me .... never take any type of prep.... just stick to drinking lots of clear liquids for 24 hrs.   I have only had one scope thru my stoma several years ago.  I was in a lot of pain at the time (later to find out that it was most likely adhesions).  Anyway, it was mightly uncomfortable for me.  Totally different than the pain of CD tho.  No drugs prior to the scope were offered..   Since I was so uncomfortable going into the scope, I had hoped they would offer pre-meds.  
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 9/17/2007 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Sheesh! I wish I had known this!! I hate prep. I'm sorry to hear about the miscarriage and such, however is sounds like you doing better overall. Good luck with your test.
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