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marty1976
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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm heading for a colonoscopy on Tuesday Morning.On friday i recieved a package from the hospital with a fleet enema, i was expecting the disgusting drink. Is this a new thing? I don't have to fast the day before either, sounds too good to be true!!
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   Posted 1/11/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you sure they gave you the right prep? That sounds like it's for a sigmoidoscopy rather then a colonoscopy. Maybe you should call them tomorrow to double check.
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   Posted 1/11/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, typically they only have you use a fleet enema when doing a sigmoidoscopy (much less invasive than a colonoscopy) and believe it or not, there are some docs that don't even want you to do a fleet for a sigmoid, they like to see how the poop looks while inside the sigmoid colon area.

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   Posted 1/12/2009 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI had me use a fleet enema for both the sigmoidoscopy and the colonoscopy. I asked him about the BIG bottle that I thought I was supposed to drink. He said it wasn't necessary.

Be happy you are required to only do the enema.
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Currently in remission

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Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
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Vicky26
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   Posted 1/12/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah a fleet enema is normal. Are you having a sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy?
If you don't feel that you can do it yourself, they can do it for you at the hospital.
I've used them a couple of times. You have to do it about an hour or so before your appointment.
 


Dr-A
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   Posted 1/12/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Even with fleet sig prep I still have to fast the day before.
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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 1/12/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I have never had to fast the day before with a fleet prep. If my appointment is in the morning, I am advised not to eat anything for breakfast and I do the enema and hour before my appointment.

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marty1976
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   Posted 1/13/2009 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to you all for the responses and support.I had a colonoscopy and not a sigmoisoscopy.I decided to do it without sedation and found it uncomfortable and quite embarassing. I couldn't wait to get out of the theatre.It was a team of specialist nurses who done procedure and not my doc, must be a new way of doing things:).
Anyway the nurse took a few biopsies and said that there was no roaring red inflammation(her words, not mine). she remarked to another student nurse my bowel was featureless and this was caused by having uc for so long.WHAT DOES THIS MEAN EXACTLY?
When she was asking me questions before procedure she asked if i smoked and i replied that i've been off them 12 days.She then asked me if i knew that quitting cigs would prpbably cause a bad flare. She said that it is very common for Ucers to have really bad flare ups due to quitting cigs. She then promised to get me my results asap so that i can start imuran before i flare badly.
I was home 45 mins after procedure, brilliant:):) i've had a lot of pain all evening but no bms, my back is sooo sore.Maybe it is trapped gas!!
thanks to you all for replying!!!
Marty




  



       
 

Post Edited (fatboyslim) : 1/13/2009 1:47:06 PM (GMT-7)


ediekristen
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   Posted 1/13/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Marty,

After my last scope, I had a lot of pain and mostly lower back pain as well. It lasted that whole day and a little bit the next day, but as I passed gas throughout the evening it got better. I do think it's mostly from being pumped full of air, but also the biopsies and having a large tube snaking around in there probably doesn't help. Hopefully you don't flare too badly from quitting smoking.. I know I did, but everyone is different. Good luck with the Imuran and keep us posted! :)

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


marty1976
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   Posted 1/13/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I did a bit of research and found out what "featureless colon" means.I got this from another site, thought others might want to know what it is too.
Chronic inflammation in long-standing ulcerative colitis can lead to a "featureless colon," characterized by mucosal atrophy, muscular hypertrophy, and the loss of normal haustral folds, resulting in shortening of the colon and a decreased luminal diameter.
It has got me a little worried. maybe my colon is getting a little worn out and maybe not able to handle many more flares of this disease.
Marty


  



       
 


subdued
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   Posted 1/13/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
fatboyslim said...
I did a bit of research and found out what "featureless colon" means.I got this from another site, thought others might want to know what it is too.
Chronic inflammation in long-standing ulcerative colitis can lead to a "featureless colon," characterized by mucosal atrophy, muscular hypertrophy, and the loss of normal haustral folds, resulting in shortening of the colon and a decreased luminal diameter.
It has got me a little worried. maybe my colon is getting a little worn out and maybe not able to handle many more flares of this disease.
Marty


I know this may sound a bit far fetched, but I listen to healing self-hypnosis DVDs (MP3s) when I go to sleep to help my body heal faster. The body heals when it sleeps. Anyway, it could help. The less permanent the damage, the easier it is for the body to heal.

Make sure the DVDs (MP3s) have words. Some DVDs say they are for healing, but they are just music.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting

Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06
Currently in remission

-------------------

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose


subdued
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   Posted 1/13/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
fatboyslim said...
Thanks to you all for the responses and support.I had a colonoscopy and not a sigmoisoscopy.I decided to do it without sedation and found it uncomfortable and quite embarassing. I couldn't wait to get out of the theatre.It was a team of specialist nurses who done procedure and not my doc, must be a new way of doing things:).
Anyway the nurse took a few biopsies and said that there was no roaring red inflammation(her words, not mine). she remarked to another student nurse my bowel was featureless and this was caused by having uc for so long.WHAT DOES THIS MEAN EXACTLY?
When she was asking me questions before procedure she asked if i smoked and i replied that i've been off them 12 days.She then asked me if i knew that quitting cigs would prpbably cause a bad flare. She said that it is very common for Ucers to have really bad flare ups due to quitting cigs. She then promised to get me my results asap so that i can start imuran before i flare badly.
I was home 45 mins after procedure, brilliant:):) i've had a lot of pain all evening but no bms, my back is sooo sore.Maybe it is trapped gas!!
thanks to you all for replying!!!
Marty


I don't think it's a good idea to leave the colonoscopy to a team of nurses. Complications can include perforation, bleeding, postpolypectomy syndrome, reaction to anesthetic, and infection. My GI is very gentle when he performs colonoscopies. In fact, the main reason for choosing a GI is his ability to diagnose correctly and perform sigmoisoscopies, colonoscopies, and colon surgery if needed.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting

Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06
Currently in remission

-------------------

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose


marty1976
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   Posted 1/13/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
The head nurse did have a badge that said colorectal specialist nurse. She was very good and had obviously done it many times.tHANK YOU SUBDUED FOR your advice and tips for healing.I do listen to music and it helps me through evrything!When i'm looking to relax i put on " Bon Iver",his album is just so beautiful and relaxing!


  



       
 


ediekristen
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   Posted 1/15/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
fatboyslim said...
I did a bit of research and found out what "featureless colon" means.I got this from another site, thought others might want to know what it is too.
Chronic inflammation in long-standing ulcerative colitis can lead to a "featureless colon," characterized by mucosal atrophy, muscular hypertrophy, and the loss of normal haustral folds, resulting in shortening of the colon and a decreased luminal diameter.
It has got me a little worried. maybe my colon is getting a little worn out and maybe not able to handle many more flares of this disease.
Marty

I wonder the same thing, how much will our colons withstand? I looked at the pictures from my last one and compared it to one of a healthy colon- mine is completely smooth, and you can't see any veins in it (loss of normal vascular pattern, my doc called it), whereas the healthy colon had lots of folds/ridges and plenty of veins throughout. Kinda worried me a bit but I don't know what it really means.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


marty1976
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   Posted 1/15/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I never heard of this term before.It just shows how the colon becomes affected after years of having chronic UC.
mARTY


  



       
 


IndianaUC
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   Posted 1/15/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Currently there is a volunteer recall of fleets phospho soda. Some are claiming it's causing kidney damage. I had to drink that NASTY stuff during both of my colon preps. I threw it up both times. I wont ever drink that stuff again. I suppose after the doctors learn more then they know what works best for a prep. Both times I did my prep I was just wasted and exhausted the next day. The last time I went in for my colonoscopy I almost passed out from dehydration. This will no doubt change the way they decide my next prep procedure.
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- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
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Shadam
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   Posted 1/25/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have my 2nd colonoscopy tomorrow and I was given the same prep as my first...2 250g of miralax (the nasty stuff) and no food intake the day before.
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
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