Colonoscopy made symptoms worse?

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   Posted 1/19/2008 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my first colonoscopy on Wednesday and since then my urgency has been worse and I have been passing basically water every morning followed by "normal" stools which for me means hard and long. Throughout the day I'm also passing ALOT of mucus by itself. Usually it's just clear or a bit brownish. That (The mucus) was my only symptom for the past few months but I never passed this much. I called the doc yesterday and his assistant told me that passing the water is probably just left over from all the laxatives for the colon prep. And that it's possible that all the "action" from the scope and biopsy's flammed me up a bit more.

I don't know guy's....I'm trying so hard to focus on the fact that at this point it's such a small piece of my bowel that's affected. And I'm trying to stay thankful. But I mean I'm getting aches all over that go away and pop up in a different part of my body (my bones ache) and that NEVER happened until the morning after my colonoscopy, my mucus is worse, and urgency is worse. It doesn't help that all my stool's are hard and I'm sure that aggrevates the crap out of that inflammed piece of colon. And my hemmoroid is bleeding like crazy because of all this....I went down to the beach and tried to relax. Felt good while I was there.

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   Posted 1/20/2008 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Colonoscopies can aggrivate or even bring on a flare to one who is in remission, unfortunately it's the nature of the beast, the risk we have to take sometimes...I hope you feel better soon, glad you were able to enjoy the my very worst with 30+BM's a day I couldn't even step outside my house into the yard.

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   Posted 1/20/2008 1:14 AM (GMT -6)   
When you think about how much fluid you put through your colon for the prep, it makes sense that it could irritate the affected area more. Excessive mucus is the colon's attempt to put a barrier between itself and something that's irritating it. I think your doctor's assistant gave you good information. But it's frustrating when the thing that's supposed to lead you to help makes you feel worse!

I think your positive attitude is great. Doing something relaxing and distracting yourself from thinking about it when you can is great therapy to get through the bad times.
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   Posted 1/20/2008 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I recall my GI telling me once that it was actually the prep that stirs everything up. When you think about it, its an irritant who's sole purpose is to make the bowel move way way faster then it was ever intended to.

For me, it usually settles down again after a week or so.

If your medications have been changed recently, it can sometimes be the side effects from them as well.
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   Posted 1/20/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I think my Colonoscopy really screwed me up. I took the Osmoprep pills, it seemed like I was still taking them for weeks after the colonoscopy was over. This time was he worst I've ever had it after a colonoscopy and my UC seems better this time than almost ever...Which prep did you do because I'm curious.
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   Posted 1/20/2008 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Normal from what I've experienced...not always, however, but when I am starting to flare...I do notice it worse.

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