Sigmoidoscopy prep - magnesium citrate question

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UC_Hater
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   Posted 8/20/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Having a Sigmoidoscopy tomorrow. Prep instructions from my doctor say to drink 10 oz of magnesium citrate at 4PM and then one enema before bed and one in the morning.
 
I drank the magnesium citrate 4 hours ago and I have yet to have a bowel movement. Is this normal? When I prepped for my colonoscopy I was well into the evacuation at this point in the night so I'm contemplating a call to the on-call physician.

uc_man
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   Posted 8/20/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Most recent scoping used that method and yes it produced results fairly quickly, I would say within 2 hours. I believe they said it could be up to 6 hours though? I am sure they would prefer if you called as opposed to not being prepped. Good luck - I don't envy the night you have ahead of you.
uc_man

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UC_Hater
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   Posted 8/20/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, just talked to my GI. She is not worried about it as I have two enemas between now and then. sad

Christine1946
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   Posted 8/21/2009 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
     All the prep I had to take for a sigmoidoscope was two fleets enemas.  Yours sounds like the prep for a colonoscopy.
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uc_man
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   Posted 8/21/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Could be like a couple of mine - they had me do full prep for colonoscopy even though it was intended to be a sigmoidoscopy. The doctor said that allowed him to go for the full colonoscopy should he find something that concerned him during the sigmoidoscopy. Either way, I am sure we can all agree NONE of the preps are fun and I've had 4-5 different ones (of all flavors or lack there of) over the years now.
uc_man
25 yo
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in Spring 2003
Longest period of time without flareup: maybe half a year

Current Medications (as of 8/20/2009): 40 mg Prednisone (scheduled to taper down 10 mg weekly if symptoms improve), 50 mg Azathioprine (Imuran), Remicade (IV - had two doses, third coming up in a week), 325 mg Ferrous Sulfate (Iron - twice daily until blood test shows not anemic), 10mg Loratadine (generic for Claritin)

Current Supplements (as of 8/20/2009): Florastor probiotic (twice daily), 2x Os-Cal 500 + D, One a Day Men's Health Formula

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