Colonoscopy tomorrow - bowel prep not working yet. Any experience?

on 8/24/10 6:08 pm - New York City, NY
DS on 03/10/09 with
Hey folks,

In the continuing saga that is my chronic constipation, nausea, and pain after eating, I am having a colonoscopy tomorrow.  (I already had an upper GI and small bowel series that came back supposedly normal, but the colo-rectal doctor thinks it's adhesions and an "intermittant obstruction" in the small bowel that just isn't showing up on tests.)  I started the Movi-Prep over 3 hours ago and it hasn't yet kicked in.  I called the 24/7 Nurse line that my health insurance provides, and they told me onset is within an hour.  

I have to repeat a second jug of the prep an hour from now, hoping I'll get some action then.  I'm pounding the chicken broth and clear liquids and I look like a boa constrictor that just ate a bowling ball.  Ugh, I feel gross and miserable. 

Anyone ever have any issues with a bowel prep not working???  If no action after I complete the second jug, I'll call the doc and see what they say.

                                  5'10", HW: 326/SW: 280/CW: 181/Goal: 165

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on 8/24/10 7:33 pm
Good luck Melody
* Gail R *
on 8/24/10 7:39 pm - SF Bay Area, CA
All I can say is that I hope it has worked by now!

~Gail R~  high wt.288,  surg wt 274, LW 143, CW 153,  GW164

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on 8/24/10 7:44 pm
Hope all goes well!
on 8/24/10 7:50 pm - New York City, NY
DS on 03/10/09 with
Still nothing.  Wahhh

                                  5'10", HW: 326/SW: 280/CW: 181/Goal: 165

on 8/24/10 7:57 pm
How bout come situps? LOL  Gosh, I can't believe it's not working yet!  So sorry!


Lapband 4/08 removed 3/10.....Sleeve scheduled for 12/28/2010!!!!!!  
Kayla B.
on 8/24/10 7:50 pm - Austin, TX
Ugh, oh no!!

I had a few problems.  I was using Nulytely, which is, I believe, just a larger volume of the same stuff you're using.  I drank the whoooole gallon of stuff plus a bottle of magnesium citrate and 4 dulcolax laxatives and I was still not running clear.  I called the on call service for my GI's office and the doc recommended another bottle of mag citrate.

I never did run totally clear, and ended up having to do an enema on the day as well.

After allllllll that trouble, I did end up still getting a satisfactory colonoscopy.

Does your GI have instructions on what to do if the prep doesn't work?  Mine had the number for medical exchange so a doc could be paged.
5'9.5" | HW: 368 | SW: 353 | CW: 155 +/- 5 lbs | Angel to kkanne  
on 8/24/10 8:31 pm - New York City, NY
DS on 03/10/09 with
Just spoke to them.  Just finished my second container of stuff.  He said if I don't go within an hour to take 2 Duloclax pills and then use a Fleet's enema in the morning.  I can't believe there are over 2 liters of fluid just floating around in my digestive tract right now, just hanging out!!

                                  5'10", HW: 326/SW: 280/CW: 181/Goal: 165

on 8/24/10 8:37 pm - NY
DS on 07/13/10 with
That sucks, can't imagine how frustrating it must be to deal with constipation all the time. Think of the train: I think I can, I think I can...
Good luck, and good luck tomorrow

on 8/24/10 9:41 pm - Des Moines, WA
DS on 03/24/09 with
I had that problem! I was so worried, but I went to bed and woke up at 0300 the prep
started to work.

I even had a movement in the waiting room right before...but luckily that was the last of it and
it all worked out ok....

Good Luck!
on 8/25/10 7:01 am - Milwaukee suburb, WI
DS on 03/24/09 with
No suggestions on the bowel prep, I haven't had to do that since WLS.

I just wanted to wish you the best of luck.  I almost hope they find what you suspect so that you have permanent relief.  Good luck!

HW / SW / CW / GW      299 / 287160 / 140     Feb '09 / Mar '09 / Dec '13 /Aug '10          

Appendicitis/Bowel Obstruction Surgery 8/21/10
Beat Hodgkin's Lymphoma!  7/15/2011 - 1/26/2012 

Ran Half-Marathon 10/14/2012

First Pregnancy, Due 8/12/14                             I LOVE MY DS!!!

Ms. Cal Culator
on 8/25/10 8:08 am - Tuvalu

I haven't used that brand...but I have been presented with GoLytely and the Half-strength stuff and refused to use them.

Here's how...I remind them that about 80% of my stomach is missing and I cannot consume the amount of fluid the products require and we don't know how much of it is truly absorbed as I do drink it, so there's no telling how much I might need.

And then I insist on liquid mag citrate.  It's a disgusting, but small, bottle available at any drug store for a couple of bucks and it's like Rotor Rooter stopped by.

A number of GI docs don't like it because it has been known to cause some problems for some people....but that's all I use for bowel prep.
on 8/25/10 8:10 am - NY
DS on 01/24/11 with
How did it end up? Did it work?
How did the colonoscopy go?

Hope you are doing okay and everything ended up working out in the end.
You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so you can fly away
You gotta make a decision
You leave tonight or live and die this way
- Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

Christine X.
on 8/25/10 8:18 am - TX
I had the same issues with the MoviPrep. Didn't work well for me. The doctor told me after the colonoscopy I had a lazy colon probably caused by my DS surgery. (huh?) Anyway he said next time I needed to go on a liquid diet A WEEK before the procedure and then use enemas with the movieprep. Color me excited. At least I have a couple more years before that fun filled rodeo.
Christine  "Life is like a jar of jalapenos.  What you
do today, might burn your ass tomorrow".
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