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Fri May 31, 2019, 04:55 PM

Colonoscopy... chicken broth for prep day?

Colonoscopy... chicken broth for prep day?

My gf bought some chicken broth to mix/drink with that god-awful laxative junk you have to drink.

Low salt, fat free.

I don't know where she got such an idea.

Supposed to be clear liquid but ?????

Anyone heard of such a thing?

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Reply Colonoscopy... chicken broth for prep day? (Original post)
keithbvadu2 May 31 OP
Kingofalldems May 31 #1
we can do it May 31 #2
Ms. Toad May 31 #3
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BigmanPigman May 31 #4
mantis49 May 31 #15
Lithos May 31 #32
Sucha NastyWoman May 31 #21
BigmanPigman May 31 #24
FreeState May 31 #59
Kaleva May 31 #53
BigmanPigman May 31 #65
Kaleva Jun 1 #69
BigmanPigman Jun 1 #73
NCjack Jun 1 #86
Dirty Socialist May 31 #5
sobenji May 31 #6
4139 May 31 #7
4139 May 31 #9
TheBlackAdder May 31 #8
keithbvadu2 May 31 #11
melm00se May 31 #45
RobinA May 31 #64
melm00se Jun 1 #72
MuseRider Jun 1 #77
Blue_true May 31 #30
TheBlackAdder May 31 #40
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marble falls May 31 #20
Retrograde May 31 #41
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marble falls May 31 #55
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k8conant May 31 #58
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emmaverybo Jun 1 #76
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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 04:56 PM

1. Absolutely.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 04:57 PM

2. Lemonade or ice tea.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 04:59 PM

3. Clear broth is generally fine -

As long as you can see through it.

(My daughter has a colonoscopy once/year - such fun. She generally cuts out the solids/fiber earlier than they require, since it is hard for her to get a good clean-out. When they started (age 4), we used to have to do repeated enemas and the doctor still complained that she must not have followed the routine properly.)

Goood luck!

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #3)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:33 PM

34. +1

Start a day earlier. I did that and it made the doctor very happy

L-

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:01 PM

4. I googled it and it is OK.

"The day before the colonoscopy procedure — Don't eat solid foods. Instead, consume only clear liquids like clear broth or bouillon, black coffee or tea, clear juice (apple, white grape), clear soft drinks or sports drinks, Jell-O, popsicles, etc.Aug 13, 2018
Harvard University › health › preparing-...
Preparing for a colonoscopy - Harvard Health"

I had my first one this past year and was told that once you have one done when you are over 50 and the results are OK that you only need to get rechecked every 10 years now. Ask your doctor about this. Also, I drank the liquid stuff straight, without the lemon flavor and it was much better (sort of salty, which I liked).

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #4)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:31 PM

15. Jello as long as it's not red.

n/t

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Response to mantis49 (Reply #15)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:30 PM

32. Or Purple

n/t

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #4)

Fri May 31, 2019, 06:03 PM

21. Not if there is a history of colon cancer in your family

In that case most doctors recommend that you have one every 3 to 5 years, because you are more susceptible, especially if it is a sibling

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Response to Sucha NastyWoman (Reply #21)

Fri May 31, 2019, 06:57 PM

24. Yes, that is why you need to discuss it with your doctor.

The same goes with those home do it yourself kits. One thing I learned is that even though my grandmother had colon cancer it is not something that is considered "hereditary" since she got it when she was over 75 years old.

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Response to Sucha NastyWoman (Reply #21)

Fri May 31, 2019, 10:13 PM

59. Or yearly

Lynch syndrome here - I get one every year (and about 12 additional test depending on the year).

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #4)

Fri May 31, 2019, 09:15 PM

53. They have stopped telling me I won't need another one in ten years after my 2nd one 6 months later

I've had 4 in the past three years.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #53)

Fri May 31, 2019, 11:12 PM

65. How did you know when you needed one?

Symptoms?

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #65)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 05:43 AM

69. I've been suffering from chronic diaherra for over a year and a half

Before that came about, I had a routine colonoscopy 3 years ago and everything was fine and I was told I wouldn't need another one for 10 years. Then the problem I have now showed up and I got another in in January of 2018. Looked good and the doctor told me I wouldn't need another for 10 years. The problem I had persisted though and various medications didn't work and as no biopsies were taken from the procedure I had in January, I got another colonoscopy in June of 2018. After that one, they didn't tell me I wouldn't need another procedure of at least 10 years even though the results were negative. Later in the year, I was referred to another doctor who wanted to do a more aggressive colonoscopy and I had my 4th one in January of this year. Results of that one was also negative.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #69)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 04:27 PM

73. Man, that's a nightmare!

It is also expensive if you don't have insurance ($800).

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #69)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 07:25 PM

86. My wife had chronic diarrhea and gas. I believed that the cause was local

restaurants and friends who contaminated the food that they served her. Her physician told me that:

1. Her surgery and antibiotics for diverticulitis may have shifted the spectrum of bacteria in her colon, causing the diarrhea and gas.
2. The current spectrum of bacteria may caused chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
3. I should learn about IBS and read about the classification of foods into Low (Good) and High (Bad) FODMAPs, and feed her "Low) food according to the FODMAP classification table.

That was the solution she needed. Her major triggers for diarrhea/gas are: mushrooms, onion, garlic and milk. Also problems are in all forms apple, peach, cherry, and fried meats and vegetables.

The FODMAP classification effort was largely done by scientists at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). Here is the link to get you started. [link:www.monashfodmap.com|]

There are also several US universities who have joined in the research.



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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:02 PM

5. The doctor told me to drink gatorade

I drank orange flavored Gatorade. I had no problems with the prep’s taste

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:05 PM

6. Absolutely. I lived on it during prep day.

Good luck. A Colonoscopy is very important

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:06 PM

7. Be sure to have lots of sugar, you don't want to bonk.... green jello with extra sugar

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Response to 4139 (Reply #7)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:11 PM

9. Also honey

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:07 PM

8. It's only a 24-hour fast, which does the body good. My doctor said clear liquids, but I did water.

.

I told the anesthesiologist that I get nauseous with anesthesia and he gave me something that when I awoke, I was lucid in 20 minutes, and eating lunch with my sister an hour later. I haven't been put under in decades, so I had no idea. I just read that if you ask for the good stuff, they'll give it to you. It was covered by my insurance so there was no impact.

.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #8)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:16 PM

11. Whatever they gave me worked very well to put me under

The first half of the shot made me drowsy.

White milky liquid in the shot.

The second half worked 'right now'.

I woke up completely when I came to.

Farted my brains out for about a half hour.

The nurses were laughing.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #11)

Fri May 31, 2019, 08:38 PM

45. ahhhh propofol

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Response to melm00se (Reply #45)

Fri May 31, 2019, 11:10 PM

64. I Did Not Like

that stuff. It worked, but I was stupid and depressed for about three days.

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Response to RobinA (Reply #64)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 02:37 PM

72. not everyone reacts

to every drug the same way...for me when it wears off i am bright eyed and bushy tailed

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Response to melm00se (Reply #72)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 05:29 PM

77. Oh me too.

I told a friend of mine he said write a song about it.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #8)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:26 PM

30. How did it go for me.

The medical team got me positioned on the exam table. There were two bags, each with a tube that ran to a junction and into the tube that was connected to the needle in my arm. The nurse told me, "you're are going to feel a warm feeling in your arm when the liquid gets to it". I felt the warm feeling when the liquid reached my arm, next thing I knew I awoke in the recovery room, with a nurse standing over me with juice and cookies.

A 900 pound Sumo Wrestler could have punched me square on the chin and he would not have put me out as quickly as that liquid did.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #30)

Fri May 31, 2019, 08:09 PM

40. Same here. I was asked to count down from one hundred. I don't even remember getting out of the 90s.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #40)

Fri May 31, 2019, 08:20 PM

43. You know, when I woke up, I was totally lucid.

From what I understand, some people are loopy for hours after waking up, hence the need for a driver.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #43)

Fri May 31, 2019, 08:51 PM

47. Same here. I miswrote earlier. In 20 minutes I could have left, but they hold people for an hour.

.

I can best describe it as a light switch, off and then back on again. I just opened my eyes and was all set.

My sister drove me straight to a restaurant and I ordered a burger and fries. This wasn't just any burger place, it was a specialty restaurant that serves all kinds of custom food, and boy are those the best fries around.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #47)

Fri May 31, 2019, 09:01 PM

48. Your description of a light switch going off and on is perfect.

I was clearheaded before those drugs reached my arm and was clearheaded when I woke up.

For my, I had a big seafood dinner that early evening. No complications.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #48)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 08:07 AM

70. Not so clearheaded at all.

After the colonoscopy, I woke up extremely woozy and fuzzy-headed.

They guided me to a room set up with muffins and coffee. I sat down at the table where another woman was eating.

She looked like she was done and there was a half-muffin on her plate.

In my wildly semi-conscious state, I said to her "hey, you gonna eat that?"

She kindly pointed me to a nearby table where the WHOLE muffins and coffee were.

Cringe.

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Response to Tracer (Reply #70)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 08:47 PM

90. I was told that some people, maybe most, get really disoriented.

That is why some places require a person to drive them to and from the site, and why some places require that people stay in the observation room for a certain amount of time after they awake.

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Response to TheBlackAdder (Reply #47)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 05:32 PM

80. It made me less afraid of death.

Never really was afraid but you know, we all think about it from time to time. If it is like this you just go out and you will never know a thing.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #80)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 08:52 PM

91. I think the only thing about death, or the seconds before.

Is people meet their heaven or hell, not in the blibical sense but in them rapidly reviewing their life and concluding whether they were good or bad people net in life, that process panics some people.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:14 PM

10. Cologuard test at home

If you have no history of colon cancer in your family, you can request the Cologuard test and do it at home. No prep, no pain, just sample collection and send it back through the mail. If it's ordered by your doctor, it's probably covered by your insurance.

https://www.cologuardtest.com/

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Response to Hela (Reply #10)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:21 PM

13. Doc said I could do Cologuard next time...everything is good!

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Response to Hela (Reply #10)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 08:20 AM

71. My wife did that

But I have to confess it felt very wrong to be sending that through the mail - it was like phoning it in. That's the sort of thing that should only be mailed to the current occupant of the White House.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:20 PM

12. I wish you could do a gummy bear cleanse

I have to go for one before my dr yells at me, and I hate, hate, hate, the prep. Now I have to watch my blood sugar numbers as well while doing it

Best of luck! Hope everything comes out ok!

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:29 PM

14. my doctor recommended miso n/t

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:33 PM

16. Yes. Cook ahead w cellery and onion, spices and strain.

Go for the salt. Yer gonna need it.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:36 PM

17. Did it once with just water, once with broth and lemonade...

Ymmv, but my body felt better with just water. If I do it with broth again, I’ll make my own (filtering it well).

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 05:46 PM

18. Since no one else said it; my condolences. It's not that bad but sure no fun.

That stuff they use nowadays is very effective, you just have to choke down so much I’m not crazy about it.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 06:03 PM

19. My sister suggested a tube of barrier cream to keep the 'exit' from getting raw.

Worked for me.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #19)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:33 PM

35. That was my problem. Pretty tough going to the potty every hour.

I had worked real late the day of my prep, so I got a late start. No worries, by the time for my appointment the next day, I was cleaned out bigtime.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #35)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 12:29 AM

66. You lasted an hour?

I'm impressed. Seemed like every 10 minutes when I prepped. I was on fire down there. Way worse than a root canal, probably because a root canal ends. Prep is like the Energizer Bunny - it keeps going and going.

They found something enough to make them recommend I come back in 5 years. My doc hasn't brought it up. Damned if I will. I probably should ask but I'm not gonna. That has to be some kind of definition of bad.

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Response to BlueSpot (Reply #66)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 09:08 PM

93. I lasted about an hour. I remember getting up the first time around six or seven times that night.

The second time went smoother, I knew not to work late and took time to start my prep in the afternoon.

I am not naturally regular. It is not uncommon for me to go 2-3 days without a bowel movement and I actually drink plenty of water too. I have been that way all my life.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 06:03 PM

20. The best benefit? Whatever it is that puts you out during the procedure ...

I highly recommend getting it done. After two clears, six polyps showed up and now I have a semi-colon.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #20)

Fri May 31, 2019, 08:11 PM

41. I was awake for both of mine

The first doctor was a tour-guide wannabe and provided a running commentary. The last one was not very talkative, but I chatted with the nurse. I just had a mild sedative - I was able to watch the procedure on the monitor. It was mildly interesting.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #41)

Fri May 31, 2019, 08:47 PM

46. I was awake for mine. I'm allergic to the drug they usually use.

So, I got Fentanyl and Benadryl. I felt just fine.

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Response to Mariana (Reply #46)

Fri May 31, 2019, 09:08 PM

50. Me too!

I got Fentanyl and Benadryl and I was awake during the whole thing and felt fine afterward.

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Response to ellie (Reply #50)

Fri May 31, 2019, 09:37 PM

55. I just want them over and whatever they use I go out in a snap and wake up feeling good.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #41)

Fri May 31, 2019, 09:34 PM

54. I've had five or six. I really didn't need to see what a great job I did cleaning out my ...

colon. I am especially glad I slept through the last one. Seeing the six polyps would have been demoralizing. I'm also fighting bladder cancer and I still remember the the first time I saw the cancer in 2012. The bladder scope only takes five minutes or I'd be sleeping through those, too. I've had over ten of them and they are no fun.

I'm going in for a big surgery on the 19th. They're removing my bladder.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #54)

Fri May 31, 2019, 10:11 PM

58. So sorry...

my brother is having to undergo the same surgery. He took chemo for five months which shrunk the tumor, but not enough.

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Response to k8conant (Reply #58)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 01:48 AM

68. I had the BCG course twice and I grew tumors all through it. The biopsies determined ...

that this cancer will not respond to either chemo or radiation. The thought is that the cancer is is only in the bladder so that once it is removed the cancer is gone. Unfortunately they take a couple of other things, too.

I'm OK with whatever happens. Life is good and I'd like a little more, please. But again, my life has been good and I am satisfied.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #54)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 05:29 PM

76. My husband's brother in law had that surgery about a year and a half ago. All well and no return.

He had lost 35 pounds and had no energy. Back to work and regained it all. Wishing you a good recovery.

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Response to emmaverybo (Reply #76)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 08:30 PM

89. Thats about what I hear I need to look forward to. After what I've been through up to now ...

that sounds acceptable. The really bad thing about this whole thing is every time I feel good again I get treatment and that's when I feel not so good.

I feel really good these days.

Pretty radical procedure that only increases one's chances of dying of something other than cancer by 30%. Life's been good to me.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 06:09 PM

22. Nothing RED.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 06:36 PM

23. Doc gives me a choice of flavors all clear.

Orange, grape, cherry but all clear.

But why no beer flavor?

Some doctors are sadistic.

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Response to Throck (Reply #23)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 05:04 PM

74. The last two are typically expressly forbidden

Nothing red (grape = red + blue; cherry = red)

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #74)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 11:27 PM

95. They're clear.

Dye is put in food as part of the psychological factor. They make it clear, flavor minus dye.

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Response to Throck (Reply #95)

Sun Jun 2, 2019, 12:25 AM

96. Yes, but you have to look for uncolored versions.

So if someone just said, "Hey - I heard that cherry and grape are good for colonoscopy prep," especially someone at the knowledge level of asking if chicken broth is a clear liquid, it is more likely than not they would end up with the version with red dye in it since that is the most common version.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:11 PM

25. Not get personal, but

are your bowel movements regular? If you like the way your colon works right now, be prepared for a change. The totally cleansing preps kill the bacteria in your gut. That bacteria makes your bathroom routine what it is. It will take a few weeks to rebuild a bacterial culture in your gut. That new culture may work your colon differently.

Cancer isn't to be taken lightly, so a colonoscopy is needed. I just wish there was a way for them to leave some of your bacteria in to begin recolonizing your colon.

I hesitated to post this as it might be seen as a knock on the procedure, which at my age I have had done three times. I am not anti-colonoscopy. I guess you could say I was pro-gut biome. It was on my third colonoscopy that my regularity changed. I think they have more effective bacteria cleansing procedures now which wipes out the innards more thoroughly. I can see why the doctors like it, but it I just wish they would study the effects better. That said, I just took the prep without food. I think if I had used of the methods mentioned above would have helped.

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Response to Jakes Progress (Reply #25)

Fri May 31, 2019, 08:02 PM

39. Perhaps some probiotics, different kinds,

to repopulate the gut might help.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #39)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 10:47 PM

99. Yeah. I did several kinds.

But I think you might need some "starter" bacteria to grow your own stuff back. I wish some research would be done on this, because I think there is more involved than just bowel movements when you eradicate the biome you have generated over five or more decades. As one guy I talked to who had the same experience: "I just want my old shit back." (Sorry for the crudeness.)

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Response to Jakes Progress (Reply #99)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 11:10 PM

103. No sweat on "crudeness."

Sometimes it's the easiest way to communicate.

I don't know of any way to jumpstart your own intestinal flora except to save some and ask the doctor to put it back. I know transplants have been done, but if your own is the good stuff, why risk using anyone else's feces?

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:14 PM

26. Gatorade works much better

Most people can't drink the requisite amount of the chicken broth/prep mix

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:18 PM

27. No

Plain Aloe Vera juice, instead, It’s like you’re crapping lotion....

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:19 PM

28. Pineapple juice is the best choice. It stands up to the taste of that stuff.

When I drank mine after the first sip, I just power chugged and drained that sucker without tasting it, then I drank water once the taste caught up with me. It works like a charm though.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #28)

Fri May 31, 2019, 08:14 PM

42. Chug, don't sip

I don't think the flavor packets add anything (unless you're really fond of artificial lemon). What helps is to keep the solution as cold as possible: that kills some of the taste.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #42)

Fri May 31, 2019, 08:22 PM

44. Good points. Have it cold and chug it. If it is hot a person may throw up. nt

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #28)

Fri May 31, 2019, 09:54 PM

57. Give me more details

I am scheduled for the prep next Thursday. Are you saying take a drink of pineapple juice, then chug the prep juice, then a swallow of water? I have had many problems with the prep over the years & have read these replies with great interest. I already have a container of strained pineapple juice, I'm just not sure how & when to use it.

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Response to missingfink (Reply #57)

Fri May 31, 2019, 10:47 PM

61. What I did was follow the instructions on how much of the stuff

to put in liquid. I just used pineapple juice instead of water. That takes the edge off as I chugged it. I drink a few sips of water once the taste of it caught up, but if I had it to do over again now, I would have drank pineapple juice that I had set aside in the refrigerator. You can make the solution the day before you need to drink it and put it in the refrigerator, as BkackAdder pointed out, it tastes a lot better if it is cold.

My experience was that about a glass and a half was all that I needed, once it start clearing you out, it clears you out. You will initially pass solids, then a mixture of solids and liquid and by late night you will be passing liquids. What I realized that I could do is pay attention to the smell of the liquid, if you smell feces in it, you are not cleaned out enough. But if you smell your empty gut with no feces smell, you are clean and can stop drinking the stuff and keep passing out liquid, at that point you can also go to drinking just water or a mixture of water and apple or pineapple juice, just don't drink too much because you may not be able to clear it all and it may come out of you on the exam table. Don't worry about smelling what is coming out, you will smell everything without trying. If you have ever smelled hotdogs that have natural casings on them, that is about how your empty gut smells.
My procedure was around 11:30am, I stopped drinking liquid at around 7am and just passed out what was inside me, I was told by the nurse that I did not pass liquid, I was clean and dry, she said a lot of people aren't dry. I gave myself around 4 1/2 hours to get the final liquid inside me to what the medical team say.

I suggest that you take off an hour early from work on the prep night. Chug down the first drink of the prep solution at around 7-8pm, don't eat before unless it is candy such as lemon drops or pineapple candy. I chug a big swig of solution after the first glass every hour until around 11pm. If you have done it before you should know what happens, don't go far from a toilet.

I have done the prep twice because of my family history. I was started on digit exams during physicals at 26 years old. I like using the solution much more than I liked catching my feces and pulling samples to mail in (a sickening process for me that I hated, I was glad when colonoscopy came out).

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #61)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 08:28 PM

88. You said it's better cold. Could you put this stuff on ice to get it even colder....you think that

would help?

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #88)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 09:16 PM

94. I don't know whether making it colder helps.

The second time I did it, I used pineapple juice right away, mixed the stuff into it. Then I put the mixture into the refrigerator. I didn't use ice cubes or try to blast freeze it, so I don't know how that would work. I would guess that ice cubes would make chugging it more difficult. When I say chug, I mean take a glass out in four gigantic gulps. The pineapple juice helped mute the taste of the stuff so that I could take a followup gulp without gagging.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #28)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 07:03 PM

85. I agree it's helpful to chug or at least take big gulps at once.

I sipped. I got way behind and the damn stuff got to room temperature. Chug it cold.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #85)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 08:27 PM

87. When it warms up, it goes to nasty +1.

A person tastes are interesting. Some people probably like that taste, I can barely tolerate it.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:20 PM

29. colonoscopy



Lime jello and chicken broth UNTIL you start takin that godawful stuff, then I just mix with water.

I have no problem with the fasting, it's that awful stuff you have to drink. I have polyps so I'm on the 5 year plan. I said when are they going to come out with a pill instead of that powder crap and'someone said they do have a pill so maybe in 5 years, maybe i can take a pill.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:27 PM

31. i have very little recollection of mine. no worries.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:32 PM

33. Thanks for all the replies. My gf is the one having this colonoscopy.

Thanks for all the replies. My gf is the one having this colonoscopy.

I'm sending her the replies.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #33)

Fri May 31, 2019, 09:51 PM

56. Well then you can have a big steak dinner with all the trimmings

And don't skimp on the gravy!

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:33 PM

36. yes, it's in the approved list

but............

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:39 PM

37. For prep day itself it shouldnt matter. Its after the prep that clear liquids are necessary.

The day before my prep I took a senna to make sure I was pretty cleaned out. I then ate lightly the day before and to the point where I was to stop and complete the prep. My prep was pretty easy and wasnt terrible. By the second round the morning of I was... "clear"

Which was rather interesting to be honest.

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Response to tymorial (Reply #37)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 05:17 PM

75. You're lucky you got cleaned out.

It is before, not after, that clear liquids are necessary.

My daughter's been through 13 of them (wiht 4 different doctors). The routine is always the same . . . only clear liquids the day before the scope. My spouse and i have each been through two.

Only drink clear liquids the ENTIRE DAY before your colonoscopy. Do NOT eat any solid foods. Drink at least 8 ounces of clear liquids every hour after waking up. The clear liquids you can drink include: water, apple or white grape juice; broth; coffee or tea (without milk or creamer); clear carbonated beverages such as ginger ale or lemon-lime soda; Gatorade® or other sports drinks (not red); Kool-Aid® or other flavored drinks (not red). You may eat plain jello or other gelatins (not red) or popsicles (not red). Do NOT drink alcohol on the day before or the day of the procedure.


As for the need for clear liquids after - she always has a full meal withn 2 hours of her colonoscopy. The only post-colonoscopy restriction is tolerance.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 07:49 PM

38. I had one five years ago

and as soon as I recover from a joint replacement surgery, am due for my next.

This last time was a combination of good and bad.

Good: The prep was not as distasteful as in previous years,
The Crohn's Disease they were afraid I'd contracted turned out not to be, and
The only polyp they found was benign

Bad: Because they were acting on a Crohn's scare, I had to go to a specialty clinic that was 85 miles
(and a 2-hour drive) away.
Gee, take this stuff that's going to make you poop like crazy and then drive for 2 hours: what could go wrong?

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Response to MurrayDelph (Reply #38)

Fri May 31, 2019, 11:03 PM

62. I bet you know every public access toilet on that two hour drive now,

and possibly a few wooded areas.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #62)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 01:45 AM

67. I live on the Oregon Coast

and had to come in to Beaverton for the test.

The whole damned highway is wooded area (with a few porta johns, a rest area, and a couple of restaurants along the way).

I drive so much that I had one page on my phone devoted to highway closures, Google Maps/Waze, Gas Buddy, and map/database app of all public restrooms).

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Response to MurrayDelph (Reply #67)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 09:01 PM

92. What part of the Oregon coast do you live on?

I did a cycling trip out there once. Started west of Portland and cycled all the way down to Coos Bay.

I wanted to make the California border but did't have the motor. I would cycle from my rental car down the coast but each time I cycled back to my rental car then drove to the southern most point that I had reached on the bike, for example, if I cycled out 60-70 miles, I had to cycle 60-70 back to my rental car. I passed through one area early on in my trip that had incredible coastal beaches and great looking hotels right on the beach. The auto traffic in that area was insane though.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #92)

Sun Jun 2, 2019, 02:04 AM

97. The northernmost corner, near the Goonies jail

"West of Portland" could mean Tillamook, which is due West, or it could mean Astoria, since the Columbia River wends northwest from Portland. I'd travelled through Oregon many times before I ever visited that corner north of Tillamook. Now I live there.

Going down the coast is indeed beautiful, but a weird experience for someone from L.A. (as I was), since for much of California US 101 is a multi-lane divided highway, and for most of Oregon it's just a street; a very busy street in many places, but still just a street.

But along the way south, there are great beaches, some interesting resort towns, the Tillamook visitor center (until a few years ago, while one could get Tillamook cheese anywhere, Tillamook ice cream was a local delicacy), the aquarium in Newport, Sea Lion Caves in Florence, and West Coast Game Park Safari in Bandon (a small, privately-owned zoo, where I have been able to pet and hold baby bobcats, caracals, foxes, lions, tigers, and bears).

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Response to MurrayDelph (Reply #97)

Sun Jun 2, 2019, 07:41 PM

98. I started a tad north of Tillamook. I cycled about maybe 3-5 miles before

riding through the Tillamook region( I call it a region because I really didn't see and dense population). The nicest beach resort area came the next day, IMO.

I agree, US101 was basically a two way road. Pretty scary at times jostling for road surface with enormous campers. But people were cool, they watched out for me.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 09:04 PM

49. Yes, but

strain it through some cheesecloth twice to get rid of anything in there. When I was doing my prep I had a bowl of strained chicken soup and it was so wonderful I almost cried. Well I did cry the next day (my appt. was at 3 p.m) because I was so hungry and had a headache.

The procedure is worse than the prep. The whole procedure was over in 10 minutes and I also had an endoscopy.

On edit, I had one this past January.

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Response to ellie (Reply #49)

Fri May 31, 2019, 11:09 PM

63. The two times that I had it.

My instructions said that I could eat hard, clear candy (not red candy) even after I was cleaned out, just don't over do it. Since my procedures were both a little before noon, I just went medieval and did not eat any candy at all the morning of the procedure.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 09:11 PM

51. I had 3 colonoscopies in less then a year so I'm used to the prep and it doesn't bother me.

I've had 4 such procedures in the past 3 years. And yet they can't find out what's wrong with me and have given up trying to figure it out and are just working on controlling the symptoms.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 09:11 PM

52. I'm going to disagree...

Chicken broth is fine for the liquid diet leading up to the laxative, but. Heck with your doctor as to whether anything other than water should be used during the cleansing phase.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 10:23 PM

60. I had to drink magnesium citrate recently

for a bad case of constipation. It wasn't bad at all. Just drink plenty of water with it.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 05:31 PM

78. VASELINE. Not to drink.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 05:32 PM

79. Had mine yesterday. As they say the prep is the bad part. Apple juice and DEPENDS.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 05:44 PM

81. I've had two

First at 55, waited too long but finally did it. One large polyp, 3 small. Said come back in 5 years, I did and one large two small. Now they say come back in 3 years. Not really enthused, but the prep is the worst part. You have to have faith too, the first one the doctor who I was scheduled for could not do it, a doctor I never heard of did. Second one the doctor just supervised, a resident or something actually did it. Both were ok but I saw on TV there is some new non invasive test and I hope that is acceptable when I have to get another one.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 06:02 PM

82. 75 replies???!

to a colonoscopy prep thread here!!!?!

😂😂😂😂😂

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #82)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 06:09 PM

83. May say something about the demographics of DU

Or for those of us older posters, it's a chance to share coping tips and offer condolences about something we all are likely to experience.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #83)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 06:38 PM

84. BINGO!

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #82)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 10:48 PM

100. Sounds like you haven't had one yet.

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Response to Jakes Progress (Reply #100)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 11:12 PM

104. Haha - I have!

And I agree, the prep is the worst part!

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #82)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 11:30 PM

105. when you get a hose up the ass, literally

you remember

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 10:58 PM

101. They still do that?

I thought you can poop in a box now.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 11:07 PM

102. Clear broth is ok for nourishment.

I was told to mix the Miralax with Gaterade. The clear stuff that you drink about 4 hours before the procedure, I was not supposed to mix with anything. At that point I don't think I was even supposed to have water

I would advise refrigerating that and drink it with a straw. With a straw you can "shoot" it to the back of your mouth and avoid tasting much of it. Much easier to doeal with.


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Response to keithbvadu2 (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 02:22 AM

106. Just stay away

From anything red or purple liquid or otherwise.

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