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Old 05-29-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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Question Reflux and ability to have a colonoscopy

Hi all, I'm new here tonight.

Just turned 51 and am getting pressured by my doc to have a baseline colonoscopy. I know I need to do this and am more than willing, but nobody seems to be able to answer my questions about how to handle the prep with reflux.

I control it very well with diet and Prilosec. However, it is a balancing act as you all know. There is no way I can do the all liquid diet and, while the prep does allow for eating jello, I couldn't swallow jello if my life depended on it. It's a texture issue for me.

Then there is the positioning. The test requires that you lay on your left side. No can do. That is the one thing that will immediately trigger an attack no matter how well I've eaten that day or the meds.

Anyone have experience with this??

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Re: Reflux and ability to have a colonoscopy

I recommend having a Gastroenterologist do the colonoscopy. Talk to the GI doc about your issues when you plan the scope. There are different ways to do the prep and the doctor may have some recommendations to make things easier for you.

I had just had reflux surgery a week prior to having my colonoscopy. They were very caring and gentle with me to help keep from making things worse. There were several preps I couldn't use due to the surgery I'd just had.

If you have a trusted Pharmacist, try asking them about the prep as well.

No matter the discomfort now, it is certainly a good idea to get that colonoscopy.
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Re: Reflux and ability to have a colonoscopy

Hi, Cant say much about the diet as each country has a different procedure. I had PICOLAX and apart from cleaning me out I didn't have a problem with it. As for the Colonoscopy, I had both ends done at the same time. I had to lay on my left side which is not easy for me also. But as soon as you lay that way they start the IV immediately and your gone (to la la land) and you wont know a thing about it. You'll wake up in recovery and think you just had a good sleep. Believe me, Ive had three Endoscopy's and two Colonoscopys. All the best, Solofelix.

 
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Re: Reflux and ability to have a colonoscopy

Thank you for your responses.

My husband is scheduled for a routine colonoscopy tomorrow. I will ask the doctor about my own situation, if he has the time, once he comes in to give us the results.

Just watching all the liquid DH has been drinking today, I know my stomach wouldn't be able to handle it this way. Hopefully there is another alternative.


 
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