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Old 11-11-2004, 06:36 AM   #1
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Prep for colonoscopy

Hello all,
I am preparing for my first colonoscopy. Today, Im drinking that nasty NuLytely at a rate of 8 oz/10 minutes (and I think Im gonna slow down the pace). That stuff is the worst! It must have been invented by the Nazis.

I am 38 years old, no family history of cancer (except my grandpa who smoked 3 packs per day for 60 years with Lung cancer). I have always tried to have a diet rich in fiber and fruit and low fat to avoid getting colon cancer.

About 6 months ago, I noticed that my morningly movement was sometimes happening later, and sometimes even every two days. Around then I started to feel constipated (literally a first for me). THen, about 3 months ago, I noticed that my output did not seem to match what I ate. I could eat a turkey dinner, and produce very little output (where was it going???).

Then, about 1 month ago, I just stopped going (for three days). When I did, it was sub-caliber (not quiet pencil thin). I kind of freaked out, when to a doctor for the whole battery of initial tests.

Everything came back good (blood, levels), but my FOBT I turned in over a course of four days all came back positive (all 3).

Now, Im going for this test in the morning (8:00am tommorrow).

I have read stories about people my age and younger getting devistating results from their colonoscopy and I have to admit I am scared. I have four kids ranging in age from 3 to 14 and I dont want to think I wont be there to see them grow up.

For the benefit of others going thru this, Ill post my results tommorrow, but if I dont post soon, you know the results were devistating and Im still dealing with that I was told.

I feel like I know everyone on this board...Its a strange kinship, but I definitely feel it.

Now, back to drinking that vile nasty liquid.

BTW: I have found that drinking it like you drink strait whiskey with a sip of sode after a few sips is working for me.

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Old 11-11-2004, 08:42 AM   #2
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Re: Prep for colonoscopy

About 7 years ago, I went to the Dr for a checkup and to have some hemrroids (sp) checked. The Dr did a sigmoidoscopy on me. He told me I had a broad-based polyp and advised me to see a specialist. He also said, "by the way, you don't have hemmroids (sp)"!
The specialist told me I had rectal cancer! What devastation! I went through all of the emotions: denial, fear, anger, etc... Then I found Acceptance. I'll end this soon before it gets really long.
Short story, I had surgery, am still at work, go RVing with my wife, do all the things I used to do except....I have a colostomy. Now that may feel to you to be the terrible thing to have...believe me, it is something you can get used to very easily. My hope is that you have nothing to worry about and that would be a good thing. If you have a problem, I hope it is something they can correct easily. If it gets worse, you have my thoughts and you are welcome to e-mail me..GOOD LUCK

P.S. I used the Go-lytley and to this day I can't drinp pinapple juice!

Old 11-11-2004, 09:10 AM   #3
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Just wanted to say good luck with your test, and people here will be checking to see how you are doing. Try not imagine the worst, hard as that is! One step at a time.... and see how it goes. Thinking of you. Someone told me once that there are special angels who hang out with people having scary medical tests (and waiting for results!) so if you feel a little breeze of air in that medical office, maybe it's the wings of your angel close by.

Old 11-11-2004, 10:43 AM   #4
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Re: Prep for colonoscopy

Thank you for your encouragement!

I just finished that nasty crap, and found out my doctor recomends one glass every 30-40 minutes (not the one every 10 minutes detailed on the carton). I was afraid they would prescribe another gallon to drink, this time slowly! It turns out the slow pace is becuase the stuff makes people nausiated and sick (imagine that! Even with the yummy lemon-lime taste!).

Ill post a reply to this thread when I know something!

Old 11-11-2004, 10:47 AM   #5
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Dealer I truly relate to your story ! my brother is 57 at the end of september he went in thru the er with rectal blleeding/ they found a mass/ did the colonoscopy found a 5 cm rectal cancer mass , about a week later after still being in hopsital he had the mass removed they had to remove the colon entirely and the rectum today he lives with an ileostomy permanent he is approx 1 month post op still has lots of pain due to welling still has an indwelling cathere which they will remove again this nest week in hopes that he pees if not dont know what else they can do possible stents hoipefully not he seems to focuas his entired life around the ileostomy he is handling it but not really he knows that this is his way of life but i seem him as not really deal well with this its a total re adjustment of life and eating... my suggestion to anyone if you have any kind of rectum bleeding get this checked dont let it go and the prep is bad but the procedure for a colonsocpy is a breeze i went thru that a year ago i cwas clean... best of luch to all of you.............. oh btw the lymph nodes for my brother were clean
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Old 11-11-2004, 01:07 PM   #6
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Re: Prep for colonoscopy

The prep may be nasty but you need to find out what's going on. The majority of problems turn out to be nothing serious. But if it is, it doesn't mean you won't be around to see your kids grow up! I was diagonosed with rectal cancer in April 2003. I am a very active person, ate all my veggies, non-smoker, etc. Go figure! I now have a colostomy and am still active, consider myself very healthy and life goes on. Don't worry yourself about this. You are doing the right thing by having it checked out.

Old 11-11-2004, 09:19 PM   #7
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Mr.Strat, I found that downing a glass quickly then following it with Scope mouthwash rinse worked well. I also put a 1/4 teaspoon of Crystal Lite powder in every glass.

Not that any advice isn't a little late

dealer, you can ask for the unflavored Golytly. I did and the pharmacist had it for me in two days.

My surgeon uses the Golytly but as a two day prep. You drink half the first day and half the second day and the c'scopy is on the third. This is easier because just as you are really getting queasy you are done for the day.
It means no food for an extra day but I for one can afford to miss a few meals. I only lost 5 pounds.

Another surgeon had me use Phospha soda. Now that stuff is really vile . I drank it with ginger ale. I can no longer stomach ginger ale and even 7-up makes me queasy.

Old 11-12-2004, 11:39 AM   #8
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Re: Prep for colonoscopy

Well, I just got back from my first colonoscopy and I did very well.

I ended up with no polyps, no tumors, and no cancer. The gastro doctor attributed my three positive FOBTs to false positives, and my change in habits as being stress-related (he also told my to stay away from *****! ).

This doctor had done over 30,000 colonoscopys, so I pretty confident. He told my wife I was so uptight that it took three shots to get me 'cooperative' becuase I would not stop talking. I felt great, and apparently like talking, too.

I remember everything, and some discomfort in the colon area. They must have been inflating my colon, because thats what it felt like. Over all, he said I did great and to stop worrying and get my next one in 10 years. I wont wait that long, Ill go back in 5 years.

I really do appreciate the support I got here, and I am a little ashamed to report a clean bill of health when so many have quite the opposite.

you are all in my prayers!


Old 11-12-2004, 01:16 PM   #9
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Re: Prep for colonoscopy

I can relate to the go litely I had tohave it through a GI tube I am weak with nasty tastes. I suffer from EXTREME IBS-C, I had a colonoscopy but I had to take phosophosoda which was also nasty and two days of clear liquids and still had bowel in my colon go figure. You would think they could make that stuff taste better I am 30 luckly there was nothing to report on the test so they are going to go ahead with the surgery to remove the colon one good thing I wont have a bag they will reroute mine. if anyone out there has had this surgery I would love to hear from you cant seem to find much on this since most never get as severe as mine thanks and good luck to u in the am...

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