(Closed) any bees had to have a colonoscopy? TMI alert!!

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Bee
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

I have had two colonscopies. I will say the prep is absolute HELL. The day of is easy peasy in comparison to what you will go through the night before. 😛 They wheel you in, knock you out and the next thing you know it’s over!

I don’t really have any advice except to stay home and near a bathroom while you’re doing the prep 😉 but if you have specific questions feel free! I feel like an expert after the two that I had.

Good luck! I hope it all goes well and that they don’t find anything seriously wrong!

Post # 4
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963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As the other person said, just stay home during the prep.  Buy your jello and gatorade before you take anything.  No, it’s not fun to have to get up and run to the bathroom, but other than that it wasn’t bad (I didn’t have cramping, etc.).

Post # 5
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1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

THE PREP IS AWFUL!!!

I didn’t make it through my prep because I started throwing up. I freaked out because I didn’t want to have to do it all again. Fortunately they were able to complete the proceedure. And that was the easy part cuz they knock you out!

Stay home once you start the prep and stay very close to the bathroom….

Post # 6
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726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

As a nursing student, I can say that PLEASE do the prep correctly. The reason being is that when you go in for for colonoscopy they will be able to tell you did not do your prep and some doctors will try to visualize what they need to despite that but some will just have the anesthesist wake you up and send you home and reschedule the appt and you will have to go through it all over again. I cannot stress how important it is and more convenient it is for you to do the prep correctly the first time. 

I don’t doubt that you would do the prep but you’d be surprised how many patients we have that have to reschedule because they didn’t do it properly and then get irritated when they have to do it all over again. We always just want to say “Well, we told you so!”

Good luck! When I sat in on some colonoscopies, they were not that bad at all. The patients were sedated and the doctor did what he had to do and it was over in about 20-30 minutes. 

Post # 7
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1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’ve had one and I didn’t find the prep to be too bad.  I have IBS, however…so running to the bathroom and having some cramping isn’t new to me.  lol

I will say that the worst part of it for me was the actually taking the Oral Fleet (or whatever your doctor tells you to take to “clean you out”).  It tastes absolutely horrible!  Make sure you have a glass of water handy and definitely don’t make plans during the prep.  You just want to make sure you’re near a bathroom.

My dad gave me the best advice: for a couple of days before the prep, go easy on your stomach.  Eat stuff that is easily digestable and bland.  This will make the prep easier on you.  

Don’t be scared.  I was really nervous, but the procedure is easy compared to the fear beforehand.  Do something for yourself afterwards (after you sleep) so you have something to look forward to.

 

Post # 8
Bee
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

@MrsDTMajor:  That happened to me the second time. 🙁 Fortunately I managed to get enough of the prep down that they were able to do the procedure the next morning, but I was so nervous that they were going to say it wasn’t enough and make me redo it another time!!

Post # 10
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911 posts
Busy bee

@mattsgirl813:  I’ve had one and I had some gas afterward in the recovery room – along with 5 other elderly gentlemen with terrible gas!  LOL 

Post # 11
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363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ArwenBride:  same with me! I found the prep to be a breeze compared to my regular symptoms. Though I completed the prep as directed, I was really worried I had done something wrong because of how little came out (gross, sorry!)

The day of was awesome. They just doped me up and I had a nice time. I think they used less sedative on me because my low heart rate was flipping out the machines they use to monitor the anesthesia were flipping out before I was even given anything. I woke up in the middle still sedated and it was a fabulous stream of consciousness commentary Cool

Post # 13
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363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mattsgirl813:  If you mix it, make sure you get a clear drink to mix it with. Even drinking colored drinks can mess with your results.

Post # 15
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2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have multiple colonoscopies because I have Crohn’s disease.  Here is the advice I have:

(1) The day before I do the prep, I put myself on an all liquid diet.  No dairy products since your body digests them like solids.  I figure the less you have in your digestive system, the easier the prep will be.

(2)  The night before the prep, I take 2 laxatives to help ease things along the next day.

(3) Day of prep~stay hydrated!  Have lots of different types of broths and different sports drinks (just nothing RED or PURPLE).  

(4) Don’t leave the house.  You won’t want to be far from the bathroom once you start drinking that stuff.

(5)  TMI but it really helps…put vasaline on your butt and use those toilet wipes when you go. It helps decrease the burning sensation that comes after a while.

(6) Ginger ale helps cut that horrid taste that the prep leaves in your mouth.  I open a few cans of it a couple hours before hand to let some of the carbination go away since it tends to make me feel too full and thus harder to drink all the prep.

(7) My GI doctor’s nurse told me that it was ok to not dilute the solution all the way so long as I drank plenty of other liquids.  (The prep I had was 2 quarts and I diluted each 3/4 instead of all the way).  The only reason I was told this was because the first time, I literally could not swallow any more of that stuff.  The doctor said that she would rather me get all of it down in a more concentrated manner than not drink it at all.  I tried diluting the prep with apple juice one time but I got too full from all the calories in the juice.  

 

After the procedure you may have some gas and that is totally normal.  They have to put air in you to expand your colon to see things.  My best advice is to erm…let it out.  It just hurts if you don’t.  You’ll be tired so sleeping/resting is a good idea.  I’m always starving after mine so I have my mom take me to get something to eat but nothing big.  You may want to just stick to some milder foods for a day or so after.

 

Wow…that was a novel.  Sorry.  In all honesty, the prep sucks but it is manageable.  Feel free to PM me if you want to tak further.  Digestive problems suck and unfortunately, I’m well acquainted with them.  Good luck and enjoy your pedicure!

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