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abbylane1111
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Can I choose which tye of colon prep to use? My doctor has me using prescription prep and I didn't realize it until now. I like the miralax and gatorade prep. Do GI doctors care which one you use? I will make sure my bowels are empty. I would call and ask them but they are closed on the weekend and most likely won't pick up the phone on Mondays and my colonoscopy is on Tuesday.

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abrub
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Frankly the easiest for me is the Mag Citrate prep.  I don't think they care, just as long as you are cleaned out.  I can no longer tolerate the "Half-Lytely" prep my GI dr recommends, so I requested other.  That prep didn't work for my husband, so my colorectal surgeon made some alternate suggestions to him so his repeat attempt wcould be completed.

Recommendation - eat very lightly tomorrow in anticipation of Monday's prep.  The less you have to clear out the better (and I've been told that once I'm running "clear" I can stop the prep.)

Good luck.  I'll be doing full prep for my upcoming surgery.  Ugh.

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PS - I've also used the Miralax and Gatorade prep successfully

 

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SandiaBuddy
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I don't see how they would know which prep method you used--but with that being said, I always go along with the method they recommend.  I have done both, and I do not think the "golytely" is any worse or better than the miralax/gatorade.  In a similar vein, I have a heck of a time going more than a day without calories, so I have started eating yogurt up till noon on the prep day, and nobody has noticed a difference (there are journal articles that say a soft food prep is actually more effective than the fasting prep).  Best of luck on your Tuesday colonoscopy, which coincidentally is the same day I am having one.

Butt
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Abby, how old are you? Just follow the instructions a doc gave you. Buy that stuff and mix according to instructions. Eat light and avoid certain foods a couple days before preparation. But I guess now you are to close to the preparation, so diet won t help. Butt.

abbylane1111
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Thank you everyone.

 

Butt, I am 38 years old. 

 

 

Butt
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Try to eat light tomorrow. Low fiber. No meat seeds. Nothing red. 

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I've always done what the doctor recommended but preferred the Miralax prep as well.  Now my doctor wants me to split doses meaning I'll start at 6 pm the night before and then wake up at 2 am and do the second half.  My system is so messed up from initial surgery that I'm going from 6 until 2 a.m and then keep going the bathroom all over again until leaving for the doctor's at 7 a.m. so I'm going for 12 to 15 hours and no sleep for 36 hours.  For me there has to be a better way but they still want me to do it that way.  The Miralax worked fine for me before so you should do what you think will get you through the colonoscopy without having to do it all over again.  Wishing you the best outcome on Tuesday.

Kim

abbylane1111
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Did he ever explain to you why he wanted you to do it that way?

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They just explained to me that this is now "industry standard."  Even explaining that I'm up all night, they wouldn't reconsider prep but now mine are only every 5 years and I'll just tolerate it.  I'm so much more comfortable with the Miralax as it works for me but not so agressive on my system.  Good luck and wishing you the best.

Kim

Butt
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i had mine done 2 weeks ago. The preparation is not fun but managable. For the procedure you will be asleep. You can do it!

Butt
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Ask doctors for pics. They can do pics of what they see there. In case you need the second opinion.

abbylane1111
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Thank you, I will

ellend
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My doctor had me use a prescription prep called Moviprep. I think he wanted me to try it because the previous time he did the colonoscopy he couldn't get to last part of the colon because some old matter was blocking the scope. It apparently has been shown to be more effective in doing a thorough job of cleaning out ones pipes. It apparently worked because he said everything looked good in the spring. My next colonoscopy is now due in 3 years instead of every year - phew.

abbylane1111
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So for this past month , I have had this dry cough. It actually goes away when I lay down. Anyway, no one knows what is causing it. It's not from a cold or an any other infection. It just didn't occur to me until tonight. My colonoscopy is tomorrow.

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SandiaBuddy
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So Abby, how did things go?

abbylane1111
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Hi Everyone,

I had my colonoscopy yesterday, and I am happy to report they found nothing but internal hemorrhoids. Imagine my surprise because I felt for sure that I had at least polyps and if not polyps, than diverticulous. My GI doctor said none of it. An endoscopy was also performed which he said didn't show anything but tissue samples were taken which is standard procedure. I have had acid reflux, lots of indigestion. I can burp upwards to a 100 times in a day. All of these upper GI issues for well over 5 years. So we will see what the results of the endoscopy tissue test are. I am not expecting anything serious, I am just stating details for anyone who is reading this and needs them, as I have needed details when I was reading hundreds of stories during my scare. If anyone in the future ever comes across this post, please don't hesitate to message me if you have any questions.

So just because I don't have colon cancer doesn't mean I am out of the clear yet by any means. The investigation continues on why I am having constant lower left abdominal (almost upper left pelvic) pain. This has been going on for five months. The pain is not intense and has never been. But it's there. I can't lay on my left side without feeling it so I am getting accustomed to laying on my right side. So I wouldn't say it's insignifcant pain if I can't even sleep on my left side. I had two ct scans and nothing showed on my left ovary or anything in that area except for a fibroid uterus. I always thought uterus was in the middle of my pelvic region but who knows, maybe it can cause pain in my left. So my the Gyno will be my next visit. Again, just stating all of this for details if anyone in the future needs them.

I have had chronic high white blood count for at least 3 to 4 years that I am now finally getting tested by the hematologist. My white blood counts have not been in normal range at all during this time of the last 3 or 4 years. It varries anywhere between 11,000 to 17,000. Mostly stays in the 15,000 range. I also have upper chest muscle pain, and pain in my left upper back. Also concerning, a dry cough for the last 6 weeks. No other symptoms of infection such as cold or pneomina, I had a chest xray a few times, so that makes the cough all the more concerning. I don't really have allergies so why this cough is here, I don't understand. Coughing every. single. day.  Anyway, the hematologist appt for the results for any blood cancers or what have you, is next week. Probably a CT scan of the chest which will be my fourth CT scan this year. All that radiation is scary in itself. 

There are also other symptoms that I am having and conditions that I have in general that I am not going to even mention at this time. Again, if you want to know, just ask.

So, now time to express my sincerest grattitude to everyone here who has helped me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart and most of all, thanks to Jesus just for allowing me to find him again.  If all  my tests comes back clear so I am able to help others, I will be deciated to helping anyone with cancer. These aren't just empty words either. In all my obssesive google searching of colon cancer stories, I seen too many people suffering with cancer who don't have much of a support system and barely get any help with every day things. This is the area where I am planning to help but will help anyone, anytime. God bless everyone.

ellend
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So glad to hear you don't have colon cancer, but sorry that they don't have any answers about your symptoms. This board has been great support for me through my treatment. Others who had similar side effects as a result of chemo and radiation and especially the tips on managing those symptoms helped immensely. Of course, the prayers, good thoughts and all around positive energy are all welcome and I'm convinced helped me through it all.

 

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Congratulations on the good result.

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Glad that all came out well.  Hope you can find out why you are still having trouble but one thing is clear for you.  If you ever need us again, please let us know.

Kim

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on the clear colonoscopy. 

I hope they track down the cause of your abdominal pain, get you all fixed up, so you can do what you want to do with your life. 

Off you go. And don't be offended when I say, I hope never to see you on the forum again.  Yeah, on this forum, its not harsh. 

Be Cancer free forever. 

Tru

Butt
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Ask for a cat scan or an ultrasound. See a female doctor, too!

abbylane1111
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Thank you I will!

abbylane1111
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Thank you so, so much everyone. Really and truly from my heart and I pray and wish nothing but the best for all of you.

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