Had my first colonoscopy today to investigate low iron levels.
Other than a couple of bouts of irritable bowel for no obvious reason, I do not have a history of bowel problems.
I followed the prep instructions to the letter. stopped iron tablets 6 days beforehand (they actually said 5 but played it safe). Started low fibre diet 3 days beforehand (white bread, chicken, no fruit & veg etc). Ate nothing after 1 pm. Started klean prep 3pm. Drank 4 litres/4 sachets of it as instructed, finished 9.15 pm. Bowel movements started about 6 pm, not long after the second sachet. Had some extra plain water and lucozade which was permitted in the instructions. The prep was definitely working, spent a lot of time 'purging', did not feel safe to go to bed until 2 am and my bowels were still not clear. Was up again at 6 am as I had some outdoor work to do and had to come in to the loo 4 times and went again at the hospital at 8.45 am. I told the nurse when I arrived that I did not think my bowels were clear. Started the procedure at 9 am but could not proceed due to presence of soft stools.
Afterwards, continued to have non - clear episodes until 1 pm when it eventually stopped working.
The GI consultant recommended sennatab and moviprep next time.
Any comments or similar experiences? I feel guilty in wasting hospital time but with a check-in time of 8.30 I couldn't even have let them know on the morning that I didn't think I was ready. Is this an issue due to scleroderma? I do not know if I have bowel thickening but I do have reflux and dysphagia at the top end. So now I wait another appointment (the last was 'urgent' ) and go through it all again...