Back to Basics: The Colonoscopy

Back to Basics: The Colonoscopy
Lately, a lot of friends have written on Facebook that they are having, or recently had, their first colonoscopies and about how awful they were or seemed to be. I have shared many times on Facebook that I have Crohn’s disease and am subject to frequent colonoscopies. I have done many preps and I know many

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  1. Craig says:

    I am the same way. I went to a different doctor and canceled my current colonoscopy because they insisted that I drink this salty crap. I told them I had used the Miralax prep many times and it was safe for me. They didn’t care at all, so I went to a doctor that used it. I also never take the last part of it. They want me to get up early and take Magnesium Citrate, but no one could tell me why I needed to do this, so I didn’t and I never have had a doctor tell me that I wasn’t cleaned out enough. I think it is a just in case item.

    • Judy Walters says:

      Exactly, Craig, I handle it the same way! And I tell all my colonoscopy newbie friends to do the Miralax and not to do the second stage.

  2. Marcie says:

    I can’t get that drink down. I only weigh about 98lbs and I gag and can’t get it in my mouth, let along drink it. I cry and cry every time I have to drink that mess. It’s not worth the stress it causes me. It truly is the only reason I don’t go get my colonoscopy done, which I haven’t had one in over 16 years and was supposed to have them done every 2 years. I have had 3 recessions so I also suffer from short bowl syndrome. Now, that’s a lot of fun…..short bowl syndrome…. The way I see it is if I were passed out, or something, they’d have to find a way to do it without me drinking it so what is that secret…. I’m 54 and have had Crohn’s since I was 15 years old…I am so tired of this disease. If there is one thing I would like to share with folks that have recently gotten this disease, it’s even when you don’t have symptoms of the disease, you have permanent damage to your body, not just your bowls so please try to take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of water (that’s part of my problem also…I don’t care for water (except for Smart Water) and drink Pepsi…that’s so bad for me! BUT, if I didn’t I wouldn’t have the energy to get up and go to work everyday. It’s my coffee…without the warmth that stimulates my bowls). I pray you all find comfort because without it, this is a nasty disease which can cause you to change your life plans. It did mine!

    • Judy Walters says:

      You don’t have to get the drink down. Unless you have high blood pressure, there are several colonoscopy preps available that are a lot less harsh and easier to deal with. I’ve probably done 3 or 4 different preps. My last one, with Miralax, was the easiest. Any doctor, again, unless you have high blood pressure, should allow you to do a different prep. You have to be insistent. If they still say no, only that bad drink, switch doctors. You should feel the power to control the situation as best you can.

    • Natalie clark says:

      Me too and I was recently diagnosed and all treatments have not worked I’m in so much pain from my stomach to my joints I feel like this is never going to get better I’m doing everything they tell me yet I get worse now depression is setting in will it ever get better

  3. Current thinking is that microorganisms are taking advantage of their host’s weakened mucosal layer and inability to clear bacteria from the intestinal walls, which are both symptoms of Crohn’s.

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