HELP!!! Getting an Endoscopy and Colonoscopy...have to do the colon prep at work though

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klon0711
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   Posted 5/2/2014 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in Jan. 2014 after 16 years of being misdiagnosed with just IBS. After being GF since January, I was finally able to get in to see a GI doctor for follow-up testing. There is a history of severe Crohn's in my family. I'm 25 and my doctor ordered both an Endoscopy and Colonoscopy to make sure there are not other issues going on in my body.

Fast forward to the prep. I absolutely have to work Monday, my prep day, due to the nature of my job in professional sports (we have a game). Prep starts at 2 PM that day with 238 grams of Miralax (one cap-full with 8 Oz. of clear liquid, every 15 minutes till gone) and I awake at 2:15 AM the day of the procedures to take 10 mg of Magnesium Citrate; procedure is at 7:15 AM. Our game time is 7 PM the day before procedure and realistically I need to be in working shape by 5:45 PM that day (close to 4 hours after start of prep).

I need tips on how to balance working/cleansing my colon. I'm thinking about jump starting the liquid diet on Sunday, so it is less taxing when I am at work Monday. I would then implement the Miralax as instructed on Monday. Please help!!!

Thanks,
-KLON0711

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kazbern
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   Posted 5/2/2014 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you'll be fine but you are going to be spending a lot of time in the bathroom while you're at work. Make sure you drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration. You can have jello or juice, too, as long as it's not red.

I find it impossible to believe that you absolutely have to be there. Surely someone who's ill is not expected to show up to work. I think you are going to be distracted, not to mention hungry. Your team would do better to find someone to fill in for you next week.
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   Posted 5/2/2014 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope you can do your job sitting on the toilet. When I prep, that's pretty much where I am from an hour after I start until three to four hours after I finish, and often longer. Good luck, but I hope there's some way to re-think it.
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   Posted 5/2/2014 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have crohns disease & have to have scopes on a regular basis. There is no way you are going to be able to work & do what you have planned once you drink the Mag. Cit.. What you need to do is schedule the scopes when you can be home to do this. The day before the prep it is best to drink clear liquids & chicken broth. I am like Judy2, I spend my time running to the bathroom & trust me once it hits there is no holding back.

Good luck.
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jujub
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   Posted 5/3/2014 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Susie, sometimes for me it isn't even about running to the bathroom. Sometimes I can't even leave the bathroom. I really hope the OP checks back and reads the responses.
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   Posted 5/4/2014 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Judy, I am the same way & people that do some of the prep the morning of the scope, no way I can do that & make it to the appt.

I hope this person comes back & reads too, otherwise they are in for a big surprise I think.
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klon0711
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   Posted 5/5/2014 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the tips! Due to the nature of my work, I have to be at work tonight. I'm on the clear liquid diet right now and started just liquids late yesterday to pre-prep my bowel. I start the Miralax at 3 PM today and plan to be at home during that time till around 7 PM. I have to be back for the game close to this time. I have an assistant to help with "heavy-lifting," but must be at the arena if anything goes awry (this is the nature of professional sports and the role I have). I don't start the Magnesium Citrate till i'm home for the night, post game, and I will be home all day tomorrow after the procedure. I was finally able to get ahold of the doctor's nurse and stated my concerns. She adjusted my appointment by two hours, so this wouldn't be such a struggle. She believes I should be okay due to the precautions I have taken.

I would reschedule the scopes; however, the nature of this time of year in sports, our schedule changes week to week. Since I know my schedule now, this is what I had to do, otherwise the Doctor couldn't get me in till end of July. This is after four months of waiting to finally get into a GI doctor in my area and I want to deal with any health issues sooner vs. later.

Thanks again for the info.

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   Posted 5/6/2014 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Klon, how did it go yesterday?
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klon0711
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   Posted 5/7/2014 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey gang -

Everything went well yesterday. The cleanse wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I believe starting on liquids the evening before my prep day really helped. The hardest part was drinking all the liquids to finish off the Miralax. I was able to make it back to work in time and didn't have too many instances of bathroom use. Thankfully, I had a restroom close by if needed. The day of procedures, I awoke at 4 a.m. and took the Magnesium Citrate. This kicked in quickly, but didn't spend much time in the restroom. Went to sleep at 7 a.m. and woke-up at 8 a.m. Procedure prep at 9:15 a.m. - the worst part of the experience was the needle stick for the IV...I'm a tough stick, so it took a few tries to find the best vein. I was lucid immediately after the procedures and rested at home comfortably.

My experience wasn't bad at all. I preemptively used Vaseline for any possible irritation before starting the Miralax, baby wipes and the world's softest toilet paper (when needed). Upping my liquid intake the day before prep and subsequently liquids only starting at 6 p.m. the day before prep I believe did the trick for an easy cleanse. Best part is, NO sign of Crohn's!!! I was sincerely worried to have that on top of IBS and Celiac. The biopsies should come back soon (checking for any micro-level signs of Crohn's), but everything looked great. No polyps or anything.

Thanks again for the information everyone!

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   Posted 5/7/2014 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Great! I'm glad you had a decent prep and good news!
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   Posted 5/7/2014 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad everything went smoothly. Let us know how the biopsies turn out. Fingers crossed!
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