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Colonoscopy time for me

Posted by graywings (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 21, 14 at 9:16

In my efforts to be a healthy senior, I have finally scheduled a routine colonoscopy. I had put it off for years because of the prep, but now that a prep product that has been available in Canada for years is now available in the US, I'm going forward.

I have been doing lots of reading on making the prep easy, and there are suggestions to go on a low residue diet for the days leading up to the prep - the theory being that the less stuff in your body, the less the prep has to remove, and cramping is reduced.

But wouldn't you know it, the healthy diet that is helping me lose weight is the stuff you shouldn't eat on a low residue diet. On the other hand, a few days of guilt-free donuts sounds attractive. And waffles for breakfast!

I've been the driver/waiter a couple of times for other people, so I know the system, and I don't mind anesthesia, so the procedure doesn't overly concern me. But the prep - ugh.


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Yeah, the prep is not pleasant, however I've never experienced any serious cramping. I think it may just depend on your system. I've had 3 procedures and 3 different preps - pills being my favorite but they are no longer recommended or perhaps even allowed here. What is the new one you're doing? You'll be fine, btw - I honestly think the anticipation is the worst thing about it.


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I didn't have any cramping either. And the worst was drinking the stuff -- not the elimination.

and we have a WONDERFUL endoscopy place in my town -- the actual procedure was most pleasant medical experience I've ever had.

and then they gave me photos of the inside of my colon -- which amused me quite a lot!

This post was edited by Violet.West on Sat, Jun 21, 14 at 10:58


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The first time I had a colonoscopy, I swore I would never do it again -because of the prep. The procedure was a piece of cake. But the prep- I was terribly nauseous, vomiting, dry heaving, etc. ALL night... went to my appointment with a raging headache.

Five years later it was time to do it again, and I wouldn't even consider it. This was a dangerous idea, because I'd had polyps removed the first time. So after doing a bit of online sleuthing, I discovered Jacqueline Mitchard's recipe for a foolproof prep. (For those who don't know, her first husband died of colon cancer, and she's made it her mission to help prevent this dreadful disease). She published this recipe after hearing about people like me, who had such a terrible reaction to the traditional prep they swore "never again." I took her recipe to my doctor, who said it was absolutely fine. So, with great faith I made an appointment for another colonoscopy, used her recipe, and never had a single moment of nausea, headache, dry heaves, ANYTHING. It felt like a miracle....

Here is The Recipe -use it with whatever prep your dr. suggests.

Go easy with the food the two days before the test

Mix the prep with ICE-COLD Coca Cola or ICE-COLD Crystal Lite Lemonade.
Cut an ICE-COLD lime in fourths.
Take a swig. Bite the lime.
Repeat.


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Yes, I read a tip about mixing with Crystal Light lemonade too -- the day AFTER my DH had his colonoscopy. He hated the prep and felt so sick. I said, you know, all you had to do was look online for ways to help make the prep easier! So now when it's my turn, I'll know. (I'm not 50...for three more months!)


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I've never heard of a low residue diet before-hand.
Just stayed away from nuts and seeds.
No cramping here.
My last one required less of the prep drink
and the best part is that I don't remember a thing.

You might want to have a box of wet wipes handy.


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My husband just had one. He has Crohn's disease and has to have them yearly. This year they changed the prep. It was stuff you buy over the counter and mix with 2 bigger gatorades. MUCH BETTER than drinking the quarts of the nasty stuff from the pharmacy. It was the best prep he had done, although he hasn't had a gatorade since.


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I've had to have a couple before the recommended age. My husband and I will both be having them in the next few months. I've not had problems with the prep before, but it is alot to drink. My dr. has never favored the pills - I believe there is a danger to your kidneys. There is less to drink now and there is also the half and half method, but I think I would just prefer to do the whole prep the night before and get it over with. Just make sure you drink plenty of liquids. My sister had her first one this year and she got dehydrated - felt quite ill a few hours AFTER the procedure.


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The new stuff is called Prepopik. It's been available in Canada for years under the name Pico Salax. The advantage of it is that you only have to drink 5 ounces of the solution, followed by 40 ounces of a clear liquid of your choice over the next five hours. Then you repeat the process later in the day or the next day depending on the time of your procedure, drinking the 5 ounces of Prepopik and then 24 ounces of clear liquid. It's not bad tasting, according to a friend of mine who used it.

I had to call around to a few gastro doctors to find one who uses it.


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I have never had one and I am sixty! In Canada you can have one only if your fecal occult blood test comes back positive is what I have been told. I did have to prep though about twenty years ago when I was tested for cancer in my large and small colon. I had diarrhea for almost a year so I finally went to my dr. They found nothing and I was told it must have been due to stress (I was under a lot of stress then) I remember the prep though how awful that was. You couldnt eat for 3 days prior, only have water and then drink 3 bottles a day of this vile ether tasting liquid. I was so weak at the time of the procedure that I fainted!


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DH and I just had our recently. The prep was so much easier. All the prep products could be picked up at CVS-Laxatives, stool softeners, Gas-X, The low residue diet is KEY! We both found this prep much easier than drining that horrible gallon of goop.


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I chugged the gatorade with Miralax, preceded by a stool softener. Had to eat only clear stuff ahead of time. After that, it was only a matter of sitting on the throne until everything passes. Bring a book. It was not in any way painful, just unpleasant. The actual procedure was nothing.


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Gray - what you listed is what my doc calls the "half and half".

tina


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I had mine about 8 yrs ago. The prep was not pleasant, but I didn't get sick. However, my little bottom got so sore from all the material coming out and the wiping. Vaseline is definitely your friend. I also went on a low residue diet for a day before...I think 2 days before would be even easier.

Also they gave me fentanyl as anesthetic and it had the effect of wiping out my memory entirely for a couple of hours after the procedure. It was good that DH was with me as I had no recollection of what the doc said to me....I had no recollection of the drive home or the phone call I answered or anything else. Very weird.


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For my first colonoscopy which was about 12 years ago, I got so sick from the prep that I didn't think I was going to be able to leave the house to have it done. I had my second colonscopy last year. I took Miralax and Gatorade and I was fine. I think it was the electrolytes in the Gatorade that helped me to not get the sick like I was dying feeling.


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I have to have another one this summer. Last year I had my first one, and there was only one polyp, but it was pretty large, so I have to have a repeat to check they got it all.

I did not think the prep was bad other than it tasted like alka seltzer. It was a split prep where I drank the stuff in the evening and then in the early hours of the morning. I drank a lot of Gatorade during the day. The worst part of that for me was no solid food. There is only so much Gatorade, apple juice, and broth one can drink. I felt like I had no energy. By the end of the day every type of food commercial on TV looked like the most wonderful food ever.

I asked the dr's office about the low residue diet. I can see why they said I didn't have to bother because most Americans eat that way. If you eat healthy such as a lot of fiber, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, etc., you may want to look into it. Just Google low residue diet.

Need to call probably this upcoming week to see when I can get it done.


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My 1st one was last December.
Yeah...for a day or 2 before, there was a strict "menu" to follow. Wasn't bad though...

Then "the prep" started @ 9pm the night b4....24hrs. ahead of scheduled procedure. It was a gallon jug of "Go Lytely"...LOL!
Uffda!
It was hard to keep chugging that stuff! I should've tried the Crystal-Lite! I did use some 7-up & apple-juice too though.

Actual procedure?
Like a breeze! Lightly slept thru 95% of it I think!
My result was totally boring thankfully! Only 1 small polyp removed, & tested as nothing. So...I don't have to return for 10 years they said!

Faron


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I've had two. Both of them were scheduled for first thing in the morning. I figured I could cheat a little bit on the timing of chugging the prep on the first one and waited till I got home from work to start. Bad idea. Just could not stomach drinking the whole thing that quickly.

Second one was not as bad. Took half a day off so I could start in plenty of time and stretched out the time between drinks to the max recommended. Found if I washed my mouth out with ice water and also drank some after each round of prep, I could handle it better.


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Oh my goodness...... ... I never realized the prep was such a process!


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Graylings:I also had the 6 Oz prep followed by water. It really wasn't that bad - the second dose took a little effort to get down (my 2nd dose was at 2 AM). My friend gave me a hint to use a straw when drinking the prep--it helps you to avoid the taste buds.


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I've had four colonoscopies. Each one, the drinking solution had gotten better, but still tastes awful. I drank with a straw too, which really helps. I just have to let the anesthesiologist (sp?) know that I get sick very easily and they put something in it, and it's worked. Except the first time, I did get sick since they didn't know. I have never gotten sick during the prep-just would gag after drinking it.


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Yeah -- if you have a liquid prep, gulping it down extra cold with a straw will help. Also: Someone here or on the Kitchen Table board recommended 2 things, which I appreciated and were beneficial: Trade up for a very soft TP, and baby-rash cream or ointment will be very soothing.

Also remember that you can't drive to the place yourself -- and you need somebody there to take you home, as well (my place doesn't allow you to take a bus or cab, either).


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Sheesharee and others, please don't let the prep scare you from having this important procedure done. I had NO symptoms or family history yet had a large polyp. Just schedule it for a time where you can take a couple days downtime for the prep and the procedure days, again, making sure you have someone to take you and bring you home.

They said I could resume my normal activity, but the next day I was not quite feeling up for Spinning, LOL.


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Mine was also about 8 years ago and my experience was almost exactly like gsciencechick's. Two small doses of a drink that wasn't too bad in early evening and early morning. But I was ready to gnaw my arm off by 2 pm the following afternoon! I do not like Gatorade anyway, Jello lost it's appeal after the first 3 cups and I just wanted something to chew! Went to our favorite Thai restaurant and they strained some of their broth for me. Best thing I 'ate' all day. Next time I am going there first and getting a quart or two of the stuff.


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A great pre-procedure recipe is Dr. Weil's garlic broth, which is an easy light soup I make frequently. Makes a nice change from sweet stuff!

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Here is a link that might be useful: Garlic Broth


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Outside~ I know exactly what you speak...
I only like the blue Gatorade and that's a no-no.

I picked-up my favorite broth based soup and strained it.
Keep the goodies to eat the day after !!


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Of course, to me, the real stunner is how much comes out. I swear I didn't eat that much! But I guess it really adds up....great incentive to start a diet or at least spend some time thinking about portions.


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I think the problem is Annie - how LONG the food can stay in your system (some have more problem with this than others), than the actual amount, although that would certainly be a consideration.

tina


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At the time, I delayed.....and delayed having mine done. When I finally got around to it....I found out I could have possibly avoided the outcome had I done it in a 'timely' fashion. Following the directions for 'go-lightly', procedure done, THEN I hear there are issues. Surgery will be needed. In my fog (thank goodness DH was at my side) I made some reference to having the surgery 'when we return next summer'. Nope! This was a Wednesday, and surgery was scheduled for Friday!!!! Thus.....another prep session was in order....only this time, I got the pills! So, so much easier. The end result was that I lost 1/3 of my colon.....but all is good. I kidingly commented to my dear Dr. that this must be the same sort of prep that all the movie stars use just before the Academy Award shows......since I never felt so svelte in my life!!!


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Gosh I didn't have any of the problems some of you guys had -- no cramping or vomiting or heaves. I drank some kind of lemon flavored liquid in the evening, and kept good reading material on hand to wait out the purge.

The one thing I'd do differently is to start the flushing procedure a few hours earlier. I was up at 1 am draining the last bits, and had to be up at 6 am to begin the colonoscopy. I'd rather have had a few more hours of sleep.

But on the whole, I was surprised by what a big deal it isn't.


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To help reassure those who haven't done one yet, I didn't have any of the cramping or heaving problems either. The thought of the whole thing is 100 times worse than the actual prep or procedure.


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I had no problems except drinking the solution the first time was like 5 huge bottles, and then me getting sick because of anesthesia, but I have learned to let them know before that I get sick with any type anesthesia, and they remedied it by putting something in it. Probably most people don't have that problem anyway.

I think the amount you drink and the solution has gotten so much better over the years. The last three times I had it done, was no big deal at all.


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Just got my letter yesterday. It's time for another colonoscopy. Time flies, doesn't it?


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It's over! My colonoscopy went fine. The Prep-o-pic was as easy and good tasting as reported. I highly recommend it, even if you have to do as I did - calling around to find a gastro doctor who is familiar with it.


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Thanks for reporting back Gray! Glad all went well. I'm not sure what my doc uses (no pills I do know that), but I will ask. I'm not willing to change docs, but hopefully they use that!

tina


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