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Old 05-29-2019, 12:39 PM
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Have you had one? Thoughts or tips please


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Old 05-29-2019, 12:45 PM
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I dislike the prep and time taken for a colonoscopy. Unless youíre having trouble, you may be eligible for the much easier stool test. Iíve done it the last 2 years, after several colonoscopies, and recommend it highly. Slightly gross, but no prep and done in a minute.

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Old 05-29-2019, 12:52 PM
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Have I had a colonoscopy? You bet. The first time, most feel a little anxious but after the first one, you'll know it's not a big deal. Everyone will tell you the prep is the worst part and it is. Follow your doc's directions to the letter. You'll survive the night time "thorough cleaning" and the actual colonoscopy is nothing. I have a friend who died of colon cancer because she delayed her colonoscopy one year. It was a gruesome way for her to die so I know the inconvenience of a colonoscopy is no big deal compared to colon cancer. Perspective is everything.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:55 PM
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I've had numerous colonoscopies due to my first degree relative's colon cancer.
For three to four days prior, go light on your meals. Choose mainly low fiber foods. The gatorade prep is the one I use, along with the Miralax. Chill the gatorade, plug your nose when you drink if you're susceptible to gagging. The second dose was the worse for me. The exam itself is easy-peasy. I followed my directions exactly and the doctor praised me for my clean colon.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:57 PM
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Buy diaper rash crepe, and diapers. No biggie really


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Old 05-29-2019, 01:29 PM
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The prep is no fun, although it has improved since the first time I've had one. The advantage of the regular colonoscopy over the stool test is that the doctor can remove any polyps that may be found at the time of the colonoscopy for testing.
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:36 PM
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I have had several. The prep is nasty tasting and I never drink it all because they give you a standard amount which is the same for a 250lb man. They always ask me if I want to stay awake or be sedated? My standard answer is that I dont want to participate in the procedure so give me the sedation. GO WITH THE SEDATION which is an awesome drug high!
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Old 05-29-2019, 02:04 PM
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I do the Miramax and Gatoraide. I also eat light two days before. I buy Tux wipes. I mostly stay in my bedroom and master bath. Closer to the toilet . I am always knocked out, but have no trouble waking up and feel great. Good luck.
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Old 05-29-2019, 02:55 PM
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I've had several for a variety of reasons. My dr. has always given me a choice of 3 preps. The pharmacist was extremely helpful in discussing each with me and determining which my insurance would cover and which was the easiest in the way of prep.

The prep has gotten much better than it used to be years ago.

Stock up on the things you CAN eat--clear/ yellow jello, broth, clear/ lemon popsicles, etc. I was also able to add a lemonade mix to the prep which helped.

The actual going to the bathroom wasn't a huge deal to me. Just stay close to a bathroom and you'll be fine.

I was also put under for the procedure and I remember next to nothing.

I was also STARVING when it was over. You're not supposed to eat a lot right away, but I did...

It's really not that bad.
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Old 05-29-2019, 03:01 PM
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I did the miralax but honestly I think it is easier with just plain water. I just think Gatorade is gross. Your doctor will tell you what he or she recommends. I also highly recommend a very low fiber diet for the five or so days before and very little to eat two days before. Pretty much liquid diet the day before. Then the prep is way easier. Not much left to get rid of. Be sure to drink plenty of water and liquids that day. Just stay home the day before. I have some affirmations I repeat if I get nervous or I just meditate. The nurses and doctors are used to people feeling nervous and are very supportive. The medication removes all fear! It is very important to have the full colonoscopy if you have never had one or have symptoms. I watched my ddís 28 year old friend die of colon cancer and THAT is much worse than a colonoscopy.


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Old 05-29-2019, 03:11 PM
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Someone here gave the hint to drink the stuff through a straw and to have it very cold. Both hints worked for me.

I found just wearing my comfy cotton nightie or big shirt made logistics easier once the prep began to work.
Having a colonoscopy means you are a real grownup now.
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Old 05-29-2019, 03:35 PM
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Can i mix Country Time Lemonade into the solution?
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Old 05-29-2019, 04:58 PM
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Eat lightly several days before. My Dr. gave me a suggested diet to begin 3 days before. I'm a water drinker so I mixed the Miralax with it. Also schedule it as early in the morning as possible and get it over with.
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Old 05-29-2019, 05:00 PM
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Another coming up in a year. Eat light the day or two before prep. Last time, I had to drink two little bottles of yuck. But that was it. I followed each up with ice cold water and kept it down. It was actually not a bad day at all. Except for hunger.... I drank lots of clear liquids, ate jello cups, and dreamed of solid food. But it was pretty easy.
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:10 PM
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My doctor uses the Miralax prep. A parent who was a colon cancer survivor and my flat polyps make me a frequent flyer. I've tried different liquids to mix the Miramax with and finally found one that doesn't make me nauseous. Motts For Tots Apple White Grape Not a lot of sugar and just enough flavor to make it palatable.

Doctor always asks what I mixed it with. (I don't think he really cares. It's just his standard conversation.) When I said Motts for Tots, he looked surprised and asked if I opened all the little cartons. No, it comes in half gallons too.
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Old 05-30-2019, 02:55 AM
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I didn't read every response here, but will echo that the prep is kinda yucky but the actual procedure is nothing at all!
One thing I did (as recommended by a PTer) is eat lightly the week before to kind of get your system ready
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Old 05-30-2019, 04:50 AM
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Ooh, forgot about the straw...great idea. You cannot taste it as much. I used crystal light once but it just tasted too sweet. But I believe it is ok to mix with with. Afterwards, you will say to yourself..why was I apprehensive, that was not so bad!
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Old 05-30-2019, 06:53 AM
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Good luck, stay off the internet reading about it, it's not that bad. I had to do the big jug you mix with water. i drank it out of a wine glass with a big straw. and took small sips of gatorade after to get rid of the taste. Get some magazines you like to read while you sit there! Butt paste is miracle stuff so it doesn't get raw!Once it's clear you know you are cleaned out. I ate a low fiber diet for about a week ( can look up on internet) so there was less to come out. I was also told not to eat anything with nuts or seeds for a week to 10 days before.
The procedure is a piece of cake and over before you know it. It's much better than colon cancer and nice to know you are okay.
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:47 AM
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All okay.

The staff was very kind. Heated blankets, coffee when waiting for my ride.

No cancer, no polyps, there are hemmorids which i knew, dr. Will band them in July when he returns from Europe! What a great planet!

Also have a skin tag which i want removed, vanity.

Again, thanks for all the support. First one, was nervous.

Fell back asleep between doses of the solution, nearly ran out of time and had to chug it. Ew.
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:48 AM
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Old 05-30-2019, 01:05 PM
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I'm just grateful that when my oldest cat needed one, I didn't have to prep him!

There are a lot of good tips listed. I'm grateful for those too. Thank you.
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:17 PM
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I am so glad the procedure was not a problem and that all is well!

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Old 06-01-2019, 09:02 PM
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This was so helpful! I just turned 50 and my gyn mentioned at my last appointment that we would discuss it this year. Really not excited about it, but if they knock me out- good enough for me. If I can survive lying an an operating table fully conscious while they catheterize me before surgery, surely I can sleep through a colonoscopy.
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Old 06-02-2019, 04:42 AM
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Buy diaper rash crepe, and diapers. No biggie really
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:07 AM
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Was easy, I am healthy with strong muscles, i did not have any trouble with toileting.

Perhaps some vaseline, but i didnt use anything
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