Colonoscopy and Endoscopy: Preparation

Posted by suzanne2 @suzanne2, Jul 11, 2020

On Tuesday I have a endoscopy and colonoscopy scheduled at Mayo in Rochester. Looking for advice on the golytely prep. Not looking forward to it especially in a hotel room. Have to begin drinking at 6 p.m. Monday. I am having issues so not a routine exam! One that involves biopsy. Any advice to get me through the prep would be appreciated.

@suzanne2

I did promise to let everyone know the results of said endoscopy and colonoscopy. Dr Shafftner called me today and said it was as he thought, microscopic colitis. No cure but there is a medication that can put it into remission after taking for 6 weeks. It is a steroid but would run me $1200 if filled in Michigan (U.S.), but I can mail to a particular pharmacy in Canada and it will run around $100. Finally after 4 years I have a name for why i seem to reside in the bathroom. Not food related and really no specific reason for it.

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@suzanne2 I'm also glad to hear that you have an answer and a treatment plan! Wishing you well as you start the new med. Will you post again and let us know how you are feeling?

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@hopeful33250

@suzanne2 I'm also glad to hear that you have an answer and a treatment plan! Wishing you well as you start the new med. Will you post again and let us know how you are feeling?

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Thank you and definitely will post after I get my new medication and see if I am able to achieve remission.

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I found out the hard-er way that starting a few days before with lighter meals and more liquids made it that I could pace myself with the solution drinking. First time, I got very nauseated and had to slow down, which resulted in incomplete purge. The next time I changed my diet a couple days before, drank the solution more concentrated than recommended, 'chased' with the recommended water. I just couldn't handle the large volume with nasty taste. I also had flavoured ginger mints that helped with nausea and taste. The baby wipes, soft paper and cream really was a lifesaver! I used hemorrhoid HC cream before and Calmoseptine after (cooling zinc/calamine based cream). Afterwards I found the bloating and gas quite uncomfortable. I used a heating pad and drank warm fluids to help that. Good luck!

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@hara

I found out the hard-er way that starting a few days before with lighter meals and more liquids made it that I could pace myself with the solution drinking. First time, I got very nauseated and had to slow down, which resulted in incomplete purge. The next time I changed my diet a couple days before, drank the solution more concentrated than recommended, 'chased' with the recommended water. I just couldn't handle the large volume with nasty taste. I also had flavoured ginger mints that helped with nausea and taste. The baby wipes, soft paper and cream really was a lifesaver! I used hemorrhoid HC cream before and Calmoseptine after (cooling zinc/calamine based cream). Afterwards I found the bloating and gas quite uncomfortable. I used a heating pad and drank warm fluids to help that. Good luck!

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Hello @hara and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I see that this is your first post and I appreciate the information that you shared about the prep for a colonoscopy. I hope that you had good results from your test. Please feel free to share (as you are comfortable doing so) at any time in our discussions.

Are you currently dealing with digestive tract problems?

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My GI Doc knows that Golytely causes me to projectile vomit! Since I am not a diabetic, he recommends the Miralax Prep which combines 238 oz
bottle of Miralax with Gatorade. The prep can be found on line and is tolerable along with careful eating choices and has worked like a charm. My reports
have indicated that I was “clean as a whistle” and ready for a good colonoscopy! Moo1

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I have had several Colonoscopies, I could manage the drinking prep part but the actual Colonoscopy is every time very painful. I am told they put sedation in the IV but I was everytime wide awake and the Biopsy one time was excruciating painful. Any help for that ? I dread the next one. I always mention it to the doc. beforehand but they reassure me that I will be fine.

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Hello @margreet,

I am surprised to hear about the pain you experience during a colonoscopy. Generally, the sleep medication that is used for these procedures works quite nicely. Have you asked to speak to the anesthesiologist prior to your procedure? By doing so he/she might be able to prescribe something that would be more helpful.

Do you have any other health problems that might preclude you from getting a good medication for the procedure?

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@margreet Have you always had the colonoscopies at the same facility using the same doctor? I remember some 40 years ago I was conscious for the first one, but after that every 10 yrs I was sedated and I do not remember any of the processes that went on.. They told me what they had found when I regained consciousness . You might ask around at other facilities and see what procedures are used… Fear is a great reason to put the procedure off…to delay… Don't do that, the information is critical to our health.. K

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@margreet

I have had several Colonoscopies, I could manage the drinking prep part but the actual Colonoscopy is every time very painful. I am told they put sedation in the IV but I was everytime wide awake and the Biopsy one time was excruciating painful. Any help for that ? I dread the next one. I always mention it to the doc. beforehand but they reassure me that I will be fine.

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Whoa! The sedative, Usually kicks in right away! Takes some time in Recovery Room! You shouldn’t be aware of the procedure
especially she many folks have polyps removed! Maybe you need to explore another venue to have your next Colonoscopy!
The prep is usually the part most patients dread! Wishing you a better Procedure next time!😫. Moo1

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@moo1

Whoa! The sedative, Usually kicks in right away! Takes some time in Recovery Room! You shouldn’t be aware of the procedure
especially she many folks have polyps removed! Maybe you need to explore another venue to have your next Colonoscopy!
The prep is usually the part most patients dread! Wishing you a better Procedure next time!😫. Moo1

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Forgive all the typos! I wish you the best! Moo1

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@ken82

@margreet Have you always had the colonoscopies at the same facility using the same doctor? I remember some 40 years ago I was conscious for the first one, but after that every 10 yrs I was sedated and I do not remember any of the processes that went on.. They told me what they had found when I regained consciousness . You might ask around at other facilities and see what procedures are used… Fear is a great reason to put the procedure off…to delay… Don't do that, the information is critical to our health.. K

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They tell me to come back in 5 years, I choose three since my mom had colon cancer. Me, and my daughter have precancerous polyps. I need to be knocked out as they say my colon is tortuous. Never knew what that meant until I looked it up. Evidently I have too much intestines, just my luck, but I think my mom had the same thing. My daughter has no problem having the colonoscopy. I've had man colonoscopies and endoscopies, and my endoscopies show a lot of acid reflux. Make sure you always get a colonoscopy, and if they tell you every 10 years that's a good sign. I had my colonoscopy 2019 but am going to see if I can get it before five years again. I called Medicare and they told me that if you have a family history you can have it done every 18 months. Just posting that info in case you ever need to get one sooner, and I would assume if you are young the insurance should accept that. Last info just for your need to know if ever needed.

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@margreet

I have had several Colonoscopies, I could manage the drinking prep part but the actual Colonoscopy is every time very painful. I am told they put sedation in the IV but I was everytime wide awake and the Biopsy one time was excruciating painful. Any help for that ? I dread the next one. I always mention it to the doc. beforehand but they reassure me that I will be fine.

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I have had the exact same thing happen with pain. And went through a year of having a colonoscopy every two months because of polyps. For some reason some doctors do no think we need to be totally sedated if we ask for it and we have been through it enough to know it is painful. I am dreading the next round. I am thinking of doctor shopping until I find one that will agree to sedation so I do not know what is going on!

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