GoLytely?? First Prep and First Cscope tomorrow- age 22 :(

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   Posted 12/29/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
So I was prescribed the MoviPrep but it was too expensive and I wasnt gonna pay $60 to poop... I do that juuuust fine on my own haha So they changed it to the GoLytely and I start it today, and have my first ever cscope tomorrow at 1130 Im really nervous and scared.
22 years old
Diagnosed with UC June 2005 at age 19
Just graduated from Virginia Tech

Have taken:
Cortifoam, Sulfasalazine, Cipro, Flagyl, Codine, Hydrocodone, Roxicodone, Canasa, Aloe Vera Juice, Prednisone

Asacol, Dicyclomine,Zoloft, Probiotics, Flintstones Vitamins with Iron

Never have had a colonoscopy just one sig flex over 3 years ago. Dont really have a GI because No insurance :(

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   Posted 12/29/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
The scope is a breeze! The prep eh not so much :( The prep is by far the hardest thing to do for a cscope. But look at it this way, after you're done prepping and you have the scope - you will feel lighter because all that gunk is gone from you colon! You will be fine and no need to be nervous. Even while flaring and having a scope, the prep didn't cause me too much pain - probably because I didn't have to push and everything was liquid. But one tip - use baby wipes instead of toilet paper. Your tush will thank you for it. Good luck!
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   Posted 12/29/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, that's great advice. wipe EASY! Oh and yes, when you get the gown you do have to take the underwear off! It's quiet breezy. Be careful also. I about fell over trying to put my clothes back on. The drugs make you loopy, lol. I think they also give me memory loss.
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   Posted 12/29/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
had my 8th procedure last month,they now have me using Miralax-w/gatorade non-red,best tasting with good results still had to do mag.citr. 4hrs. before (worst part of prep.) at age 54 I am now doing test once a year and hope they stay with this prep.

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   Posted 12/29/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Have only had one colonoscopy my self and they had me take Halflytly. Seemed to work. Everything came out. I was real nervous myself, but it went okay. Idon't remember a thing. Like everyone will tell you the prep is by far the worst part. Get a good book or put a tv in the bathroom, you're going to spend alot of time there. LOL. Oh and I think When they schedule my next one I'm going to switch out he standard toilet seat with a padded one for the day. I sat on that throne so much and for so long that day my back was killing me. LOL
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08

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   Posted 12/29/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
The prep is one of the most unpleasant things in life, I think. Worse than UC, even. But it's really important. I was reading an article about missed diagnosis of colon cancer the other day; it said one big factor was inadequate prep for the colonoscopy. Most of the missed cases were in the ascending (right) colon, where an incomplete prep can obscure a lot of things.

So I guess we just have to grit our teeth and white-knuckle through it. I'm due for mine in August, and I already know my new GI is going to make sure I don't procrastinate. She mentions it every time I see her. :-(
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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   Posted 12/29/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
     Have had UP for ten years...LOVE those padded toilet seats!
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 12/29/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I would avoid go-lytely at all costs. It's terrible. For me it wouldn't work, unless vomitting was the objective. If you're in or near Canada pick up some Pico-Salax. A small amount of decent fizzy orange drink, then plain water the rest of day.
Male, Age 36
UC since July 2006 - entire large intestine
Current Meds:
2x500mg Salofalk three times daily


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