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   Posted 5/14/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm scheduled for a colonoscopy in a couple of weeks (it's time - my last one was nearly 7 years ago and I've put it off way too long) - I'm really sweating it.
Question is:  Since us UC types tend to stay pretty regular nearly all of the time, is it really necessary to drink all of the stuff prescribed?  I mean, I have 3-4 good BM's every morning - sometimes more during bad mornings and feel pretty clean most of the time thereafter.  WHat do you folks who spend lots of time on the toilet do for colonoscopy prep?  I plan to eat VERY lightly several days before the prep, and likely nothing for a full day before the prep... 
Left side UC
diagnosed 1990
Azulfidine medicated

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   Posted 5/14/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
As bad as that stuff taste I would drink it all...I just know I had rather make sure I am all the way cleaned out the first time so I didn't have to go through it again...I think even if you have 3 or more BM's a day there is still plenty of poop still in there...Just my opinion, but I am no dr...Hope it goes well for you...
30 Yrs old
Dx UC 3/07
4 Lialda/day
Remicade (only had three infusions)

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   Posted 5/14/2009 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd say drink it because you may feel empty, but i'm sure there's always somethin there naturally... I'd do it just to be safe.
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Finally tapering off prednisone 5mg every week.. Staying on Lialda 2 twice a day. Currently colonoscopy shows remission. Apparently my symptoms are from my IBS side of my issues.
Medications:Prednisone 25mg, Lialda 2 twice a day, Align probiotic, Anti-spasmodic as needed.
I am so sick of this disease!

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   Posted 5/14/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
i find that doing half of the drink i am always fine. They always compliment me on how well cleaned out I am.
Ulcerative Colitis (R/O Chrons Disease) - 7 years
25 years old/female

Bad reactions to: remicade & 6mp

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   Posted 5/14/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I always leave 1/3 in the bottle(it's all I CAN do without bringing it all back up), and my tests have always been fine.
Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day, and Meslamine enemas nightly.
 Now on Hydrocortisone suppositories for 2 weeks
 Doc now has me on prescription Pepcid, and Questran. Just started that 05/15, so will wait and see.
Urgency is still my biggest problem, and extreme gas.  Blood is now gone.

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   Posted 5/14/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My prep ony required 8 cups the nite beforre (not Glasses- and beleive me, I measured out exacally ONE CUP each time, not an ounce more! And then three more the morning of the test. It was by far the easiest prep I have had to do, and I have had to do many of them with a long history of bowel promblems. The thing that REALLY made the differance was that the docotr said I could add "Crystal Lite Packets" to each cup of the saluation. It made it so much easier this time. And I was cleaned out perfectley. It is a myth that you HAVE to drink the whole jug. Its just not necessary. I think that is a crule researcher out there that made that rule for taking this stuff!Beleive me.. with this aamount... I was cleaaned out just fine!
But you DO have to do it. The doctor is not going to get the clear images that he needs to get in order to make a correct diaagonis. Good Luck

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   Posted 5/15/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, usually it's recommended to drink the whole thing. Even though we go to the bathroom all the time there is still fecal matter higher in the intestine. That is why the prep is needed. To get rid of that high fecal matter. It takes approximately 12-72 hours for what we eat to reach our rectums so we can get rid of it. So even if you think there is nothing in there after a bathroom dash, there still is because food is constantly being processed.

Which prep are you using? I had to use Moviprep on my last scope in April but I found that this worked so well that I didn't even have to use the second liter. I would suggest you not eat anything the day before the scope. Clear liquids only - no blue or red dyes. This is what most doctors suggest too btw. It makes the clean out much more easier. And depending on which prep you are using, you may be able to get away with not having to use the whole thing. Basically when you are prepping, after a while whatever you expel should be clear. When it's clear then your good to go.
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   Posted 5/15/2009 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
im going almost every hour a few days ago i was going every fifteen minutes lol
on most days i go about seven times a day. give or take.

i have a colonoscopy sched for monday myself, honestly i really hate what drinking that stuff does to my body as well, i'm in the bathroom all night and i mean all night after i drink the stuff.
28 yrs old
Diagnosed in 97 with Ulcerative Colitis
Diagnosed in 2005 with Fibromyalgia

Prednisone up to 15mg from 10mg
Sulfasalazine 8 a day (500mg each)
and a bunch of other stuff (so many pills ahhhh)
Starting 6-mp

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