Colonoscopy tomorrow - bowel prep not working yet. Any experience?
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.
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.
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....
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!
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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.
How did the colonoscopy go?
Hope you are doing okay and everything ended up working out in the end.
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
do today, might burn your ass tomorrow".
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