• Colonoscopy prep

    Asked by nancyjac on Monday, January 28, 2013

    Colonoscopy prep

    I have my first routine screening colonoscopy coming up in a couple of weeks. I'm not so much concerned with the procedure itself as I am the prep for it. I don't do well with fasting and anesthesia. Both make me very nauseous and give me a screaming headache. I have to be on a low fiber diet starting 3 days before the procedure, then the day before only clear liquids, then total fasting the day of. Most likely I won't be able to eat for 24 hours after the procedure because of nausea. That's 4-5 days of misery invested for a 20 minute procedure. Would sure appreciate any suggestions to make it a little easier.

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I'm almost afraid to ask about your plans for St. Patrick's Day.

      over 8 years ago
    • Momofivedcisbc's Avatar

      I just had my first colonoscopy at 45, two weeks ago. The cleaning out part was the hardest part. I started the same low fiber diet/great soups on Monday and Tuesday, clear liquids and prep materials Wednesday and the procedure on Thursday. My biggest recommendation would be to prepare my skin by using desitin or vaseline I did not hear that prior and my b_tt felt like it was on fire. I definitely did great shopping beforehand apple juice, applesauce, chicken broth, jello, gatorade, lemonade, herbal tea, lots of comfy food and drink. I did relaxation exercises for the iv. The procedure did not cause me any adverse side affects. I walked the morning of the procedure and I walked after the procedure to help keep my blood flowing through my body and the anesthesia out. I did not experience gas or bloating. They removed one polyps and I had a bit of diverticulosis. I am glad I had the procedure, I wish you lots of luck.

      over 8 years ago
    • Topazcat's Avatar

      I have had that procedure 4 times and the worst part is drinking the gallon of prep. The only way I can get it down is to drink it in Ginger Ale. That is strong enough to take away the salty taste of the prep. The procedure tself is easy. Kind of like taking a nap and waking up to find everything was done. A bit tired afterwards. Good luck and I hope you have great results - both with the prep and the colonoscopy!

      over 8 years ago

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