Colonoscopy at 19

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Claire888
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Colonoscopy at 19

Postby Claire888 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:20 am

Hello! I'm having a colonoscopy tomorrow morning, and I'm pretty nervous :cry: . I'm only 19, which is obviously very young for a colonoscopy, but they thought it was important given the symptoms I'm experiencing. I was just wondering if anybody has any suggestions for my prep today (Gatorade and miralax) and also if anybody has any input on how the procedure will be...again I'm pretty nervous so anything helps :) I have all the liquids for the day already: nothing red, but I have jello, white Gatorade, chicken broth, popsicles, lemonade, and cream soda.

Thank you so much :D

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Re: Colonoscopy at 19

Postby Lee » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:17 am

For me getting the prep solution down is the worst. Thus I start the procedure at noonish. I was told on my last prep, the times they list on the procedure paper are the latest they want you to start, so starting early is okay. This way I spend 20 mins getting each of those 8 oz glasses of prep solution down. Keeping a game boy or computer near the toilet is a good idea. Towards the end, you are siting on the the toilet nonstop.

Be sure to drink a lot of liquids today. Jelly is a life saver, my stomach truly feels I'm giving it food.

good luck, let us know how it goes,

Lee
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Re: Colonoscopy at 19

Postby edinaman » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:36 pm

Drinking the prep with a straw helps. You can bypass some of your taste buds. Like Lee said, it's a good idea to start early. Sometimes drinking less at a time helps. Some do just the opposite and have no problems-they chug it down and get it over with. If you feel like you can't keep it down, call your doctor, even if it's after hours. When I had that issue, they said to stop the prep, they would rather have me keep down what I had then try to drink more and "loose" it all. Good luck.
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Re: Colonoscopy at 19

Postby veckon » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:04 pm

Claire888 wrote:Hello! I'm having a colonoscopy tomorrow morning, and I'm pretty nervous :cry: . I'm only 19, which is obviously very young for a colonoscopy, but they thought it was important given the symptoms I'm experiencing. I was just wondering if anybody has any suggestions for my prep today (Gatorade and miralax) and also if anybody has any input on how the procedure will be...again I'm pretty nervous so anything helps :) I have all the liquids for the day already: nothing red, but I have jello, white Gatorade, chicken broth, popsicles, lemonade, and cream soda.

Thank you so much :D


Miralax is actually tasteless so prep shouldn’t be too hard to get down. They gave me this vile thing you dilute with water. Worst thing I have ever tasted. Are you going to be awake during the procedure? If not, you will not experience anything unpleasant during and you will wake up in recovery.
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Re: Colonoscopy at 19

Postby Hey Daddy » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:27 pm

The procedure will amount to nothing more than a nice long nap. You are smart to go ahead and have this done as many young people don't heed the symptoms. Hopefully the good results you get tomorrow will allow you to rest easier and that eventually the cause of your problems will turn out to be something relatively minor.
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Re: Colonoscopy at 19

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:51 pm

I hope your prep and colonoscopy go well!*hugs* Keeping the prep really cold and chasing it with sips of clear liquids helps some. They give you medication in an iv right before your colonoscopy so you won't remember or feel pain.
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Re: Colonoscopy at 19

Postby Utwo » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:35 pm

The most important is to have a proper preparation (squeky clean colon).
In case of unsatisfactory preparation (dirty colon) some interesting stuff can be missed.

Miralax + Gatorade is the best tasting preparation.
You can start a bit earlier and drink a bit more to ensure better cleaning.

Enjoy your colonoscopy. Have fun. :)
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04/2016 colonoscopy #2: caecum sessile 3.5 cm polyp piecemeal removed
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Re: Colonoscopy at 19

Postby Swirdfish » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:43 pm

Prep sucks and tastes disgusting. The procedure if they knockcyoucout wont take long and you won't remember it. Hehe easy.
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Re: Colonoscopy at 19

Postby ocstacy » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:27 pm

Hello! I'm having a colonoscopy tomorrow morning, and I'm pretty nervous :cry: . I'm only 19, which is obviously very young for a colonoscopy,


I am getting my 1st on the 15th of Aug at 9:30 a.m. I'm much older than you but 10 years younger than the average age of recommendation.

What are your signs and symptoms?
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Re: Colonoscopy at 19

Postby Steph20021 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:15 am

Hope it went well for you today Claire!
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12/14-folfiri -13 rds kept me stable from 3/15-6/15
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09/15- cea 0.9
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Re: Colonoscopy at 19

Postby paenesonus » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:09 am

Hi Claire, how did it go? I'm 21 and having a colonoscopy in less than two weeks, hope everything went well!


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