I conquered the colonoscopy prep!!

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   Posted 5/15/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, it is possible that I have an unhealthy addiction to juice in general.  My top two favorite juices are orange and apple.  So, last Sunday I got a great idea while I was living on apple juice until it came time to drink 'the stuff.'  I mixed the prep without a flavor packet.  I left it out on the counter as I hate to drink anything that is too cold.  My husband measured out one cup in a measuring cup and then poured half of it into a juice glass.  Meanwhile I poured myself another half a glass of apple juice (TreeTop of course).  Then I downed the four ounces of ick in one fell swoop and chased it with some apple juice.  My husband poured the last four ounces into the juice glass, I downed it and chased with apple juice.  I repeated this every 10 minutes 6 or 7 times, I think.  I then had become so water logged that I dumped the last dose down the drain.  Even though I didn't drink the last of it I still feel pretty good about it!  It really worked well and I recommend it to any other apple juice lovers out there!!
PS - Has anyone else ever awakened during their colonoscopy?  This happened to me on Monday and it was horrific.  I screamed from the pain and was quickly knocked out again! 
Diagnosed with UC March '07
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   Posted 5/15/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad it all worked out for you! I have done the "chasing" thing before too, but not with apple juice. I just can't remember what it was I used but, anyway, it works great to do that.

I have never been awake for a test, however, I was 14 years old when I had my first colonoscopy and at that time, with the doctor I had then they only used valium to help me. I am now 36 and I will remember that horrible experience for the rest of my life.
UC diagnosed in 1985...22 years.

Started Humira May 7, 2008

50 mg 6mp, Rowasa and Cortenemas as needed.
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   Posted 5/15/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   

I also woke up during exams, actually a couple of different colonoscopies.  I was in so much pain that I really thought the scope was going to come right through my stomach.  My GI said "ok, we're going around a bend" then I think they gave me more drugs and I was out again.  This hasn't happened for probably the last 3 or 4 times I had a colonoscopy.  They use a better cocktail of drugs now, they are much stronger, THANK GOD!! yeah

If I liked apple juice, I would try your method, but apple juice is one thing that I hate.  Glad it worked well for you.  I still find the best way to drink that crap is to use a large straw (like the ones that come in a sports bottle) and just keep sucking it down non stop.  Don't let it swish around in your mouth.  I still dread it every time.  I'd rather not eat anything for 3 days.

diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 20 year remission with just minor blips here and there (approximately 16 of those years without any meds)
In a flare for 2 very long years which Asacol didn't help at all.  Finally in remission again since Jan 2008, can't believe it..............
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema 2 x a week. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, cacium supplement, Biotin....

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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   

Which prep were you using? Was it Picosalax?
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Dx: Pan-colitis, December 2000
Current Meds: 75 mg 6MP daily (since September 2001)
Previous Meds: Asacol, Prednisone (for moderate to severe flares)
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   Posted 5/16/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I was partially awake for my first scope. In recovery, my doc asked me if I remembered anything. I said, "I remember someone was screaming." Yeah. That would be me. They were unable to get all the way around, my colon was spasming so badly. Oddly enough, my Mom said I had this long discussion with the doc in recovery and I remember very little. Since then, I warn my anethesiologists that I need plenty of drugs and, preferrably, a child sized scope.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
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Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

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   Posted 5/16/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I was fully awake for mine, but was drugged for pain.  Felt like I was falling off the bed and kept telling the doctor I was falling and she looked at me like I had two heads, lol.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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   Posted 5/16/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
You're lucky!! I took my a prep with Gatorade, can't drink it anymore. Same thing happened with black cherry propel. I've learned to mix it with a drink I don't normally like :)
I have been under general anesthesia for all three of my colonoscopies. I was under 18 at the time of them and was at a pediatric clinic and they knock out all kids. I don't EVER what to be awake during one. I'm ok with something sticking a camera up my butt if I'm unaware of it
19 years old
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Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
3200mg Asacol, 25mg Amitriptlyine, Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, Imodium when I need it
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   Posted 5/16/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I like to be awake for my scopes. I have terrible luck with the prep (I always start vomiting), so good going. <gags> Just reading your post was making me queasy.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08,  Humira started 4/4/08

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   Posted 5/16/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I was definitely not awake for mine, but I was dreaming. When they woke me up, I remember trying to hold onto my dream because it was supposedly really good. But it slipped away too fast.

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   Posted 5/16/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never woken up during any of my colonscopies, but my best friend who had one said she remembers waking up during it and saying "get it out" and they replied back "you need a little more of this" and thats all she remembers.

36 year old female with left-sided UC
400 mg Asacol 4 pills 3 times/day lialda 1 pill 3 times/day
making some very light attempts using Rowasa enemas just cant seem to do these
iron supplements 3 times 1/day
multi-vitamin 1/day
Digestive Advantage Colitis formula 1/day

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   Posted 5/16/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I was completely awake for a sigmoidoscopy and it was terrible. And turns out I was supposed to be asleep but they just didn't give me enough drugs. Oops.

I too have found chasing the prep with something is the best method. When you try to mix it with something, it doesn't mask the terrible taste at all and it just gives you double or triple liquid to drink. Just take the prep like a shot and get it over with quick! :)
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of the spine from long term prednisone use.

Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
Digestive Advantage: Crohn's and Colitis formula (2 pills per day, started 5/14/08)
125mg Azathioprine
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)

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