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Problem in the Large Colon?

I'm currently waiting for a Colonoscopy! I was just wondering, as I'm baffled, if anyone else has had this procedure?

Also I have to drink a mixture that will clear me out the day before, what is this like?

My xray showed impacted hard feaces in the Cecum. I believe that it should be a slushy substance in here.

Thanks

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hi i havent had a full one done but i had the one that goes half way under no sedation, i will warn you that the camera itself does not hurt feels abit odd moving round however what will hurt is they pump alot of air in you and that does hurt :( and you will be very windy after , i to had to drink a sachet of stuff before , drink it fast , good luck hope it all goes well

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Thanks Mich x

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Ooh, I would disagree with the "drink it fast" advice. I know of people who have done that and vomited it straight back up. I had to take 10 senna tablets followed by a citramag sachet 30 minutes later, then another citramag about 4 hours after that. The citramag had to be drunk over 30 - 40 minutes.

The one thing I would recommend for anyone doing a colon clear out is to use a generous layer of barrier ointment round the bum. I used metanium everyday barrier ointment, sold for babies - brilliant stuff! I bought it in Boots. It is really thick and I lathered it on generously and repeatedly. When it gets close to the end of the process all that seems to come out is something like stomach acid and it burns like crazy. With the help of the ointment I had no trouble at all.

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And also - stay in a dressing gown while wearing nothing else. You do not want to get held up trying to undo buttons, zips, etc.

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Lol good tip x

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Thank You, I'll go get some x

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Hi I had one in October this year ..had small amount of sedation and felt nothing at all ..was watching it all on screen which was strangely fascinating but the drinking of meds the night before to clear you out was the worse bit as it tasted awful. ..don't worry painless procedure

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Did they find anytrhing wrong on urs Lola?

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No angelharley I was all fine ...try not to worry

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Oh yes I have had many done as I have ulcerative colitis. Be warned the laxative you take the day before is revolting and it's dynamite, stay very close to the loo all day and night !!! The procedure is not pleasant but it's ok, you will be given a sedative/painkiller injection and be on oxygen while they do it, you should be able to watch on screen as the camera goes round, when they pump in the air it can be quite painful as can the camera going round the bendy bits but in theory you won't remember any of it. Afterwards you will be left to rest for a few hours then you can go home, someone has to collect you as you can't drive.

Good luck

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I've been having pain in my right pelvis for nearly a year now, most the time explosive stool but since he's told me to drink milk of magnesia and a satchet of fibrogel a day, I feel like I'm starting to get constipated. The only thing I can seem to find on feaces in the Cecum, is Appendicitis, Diverticulititis and Chrons. When u watch on camera, could u see imflamation with your condition. i thought UC was normally in the small intestine?

Nat

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UC can affect the whole colon, that's me. Not sure you will be able to interpret the scan as you watch but if you have a nice doc you can ask for a running commentary.

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I have crohns disease which was diagnosed with an ultra sound scan..i went on to have surgery for this as i had a pefferated bowell.

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gutsense.org/crc/crc_colono...

After reading the above link, I decided against it - was supposed to have gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Previously had sigmoidoscopy and that was bad enough.

Bear in mind the drugs they use (cant remember now - is it fentanyl and midazolam?) are contraindicated with adrenal fatigue (which according to the nhs doesnt exist).

I had a different op where these 2 were used and it took me 3-4 months to recover from something that should have been minor. As always it was my own research that identified the problem. It might be different for you but I have a hostile employer that bullies me into not being sick, so I could not risk being off work 3 months to recover from the drugs again.

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Hi Had dozens. The only horrible bit is the preps, at home. be sure to drink a lot when on them, stock cubes etc otherwise you will be dehydrated and very weak.

Best wishes,

Jackie

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O dear - didn't like the sound of some of them answers - I am due to have this proceedure on Saturday, plus a camera down the throat as well. They did advice me to take a dressing gown in. After reading some of those answers I am looking forward to it even less. I am taking the day before off work as I have also been warned to stay close to a loo after drinking the sachets they have given me - nice christmas present I must say.

Moggie x

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Moggie,

You will be fine, it is one of the less unpleasant things medicine has to offer. By the time you get to hospital all the results of the Preps will be over. Just remember to keep the fluids up.It i a really good test as they can do any biopsies at he same time. Gastroscopy bit even easier.heavily sedated, so you will not remember it.

Best wishes,

Jackie

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Thanks Jackie - just really don't like hospitals, procedures or anything like that. What with this and my impending op of 20th Jan for cyst and ovary removal I'm not looking forward to the next six weeks.

Moggie x

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Hi I agree even the best terrible places. I only go in with a Blue light, and Paramedic, not always then. Spend far too much times in them, unfortunately sometimes, no choice.

it really is nothing and done all the time, so very safe.

Jackie

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Thanks for the reassurance.

Moggie x

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I had the Camera down the throat without sedation (for a reason) and it was ok but I think I used my own anaesthetic (emotional shut down) I haven't had a colonoscopy though

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Do not worry moggie ..I worried myself sick and it was all painless didnt even feel the 4 biopsies he took...after the prep sachets its a walk n the park ...best wishes to you

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Thanks Hun - will try to stay calm, even though I don't do calm (as my picture suggests).

Moggie x

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Have had a gastroscopic examination - my notes now warn "very strong gag reflex". :-)

Other than a bit of uncontrollable gagging near the start, it was fine. I was disappointed that I could not view the screen - it was behind me as I was lying. :-(

Felt a bit, not sure how to put this, shaken up? immediately after but by the time I had a cup of tea and some biscuits and rested for half an hour, all was well.

Probably not a good idea to plan to drive home after, if avoidable.

Rod

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Watching what's going on would be my idea of hell Rod - I don't want to see what's inside me, funny how we are all different isn't it.

Thanks for the info.

Moggie x

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