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Posted: 12/7/2005 12:30:58 PM EDT
well,...it's my time.

51 years old and time for my first colonoscopy.

The stuff they have you drink to, huh..............."flush" yourself......

don't they make one that is more palatable??

My wife had some stuff to drink that she said tasted awfull and I know from past threads on the topic that there's a couple of things that you can drink one being better tasting.

Do they make a pill that does the same thing????



damn, I am NOT looking forward to the cleansing process or the procedure, but looking forward to good results.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 12:32:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/7/2005 12:33:13 PM EDT by HardShell]
Tag for responses...

(I'll have to have one in the coming year - I'll only be 40, but I have a strong family history.)
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 12:33:22 PM EDT
Nope.. they don't make it easy.. and if you don't do what they say they won't do it.

I just had my first one last month.. and I whined about the crap they made me drink.. didn't do any good..

Anyway... in the "end" (lol) they didn't find a thing.. hope yours goes that well..
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 12:33:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/7/2005 12:34:33 PM EDT by HELOBRAVO]
I'm a nurse...I had a scope.
1. No pill
2. You can get the gallon down in about an hour. After you finish it and shit once more, go to bed, you're done.

I did think I was just gonna "do it" right off the bat...and I made a couple of chugs of the stuff. Then I went to sit down and hit it steady for about an hour.
People make it worse than it has to be.

ETA: post pics....
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 12:33:49 PM EDT
Just remember that there's always time for lubricants.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 12:34:20 PM EDT
If they made the cleanser taste good - too many people would get addicted to it.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 12:41:54 PM EDT
A friend of mine had one and he said: I remember lying there and hearing someone screaming, and thinking "why wont that person shut up" and then I realized, it was me!

Link Posted: 12/7/2005 12:45:14 PM EDT
I didn't have to drink a gallon of anything. I had to drink a bottle of magnesium citrate and then I had to take a small bottle of Fleets, twice I think. Mix both of them with Sprite, makes them go down much easier. For God's sake, don't mix them with water.
I was put to sleep for mine, I did barely wake up during the procedure. I remember feeling cramps in my stomach, I groaned and they gave me more happy drops.
Prepare for wild flatulence afterwards.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 12:52:39 PM EDT
Don't wuss out. The stuff is nasty...but you'll get over it.

Ask the doc for some Versed. You won't remember a damn thing!

No big deal...really.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 12:54:19 PM EDT
The stuff you drink is the worst part of the entire thing. There are pills available but most doctors don't like to use it because it doesn't clear everything out as well as the Fleets.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 12:58:41 PM EDT
I literally crapped water at the end of that gallon jug I drank, showed up the next day took my clothes off, I remember the doctor coming in the room and asking how I felt, they gave me an IV the nurse put something in the IV, the next thing I know it was 2 hours later with my mother looking at me and not remembering anything.....I was OK
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 12:59:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HELOBRAVO:
I'm a nurse...I had a scope.
1. No pill
2. You can get the gallon down in about an hour. After you finish it and shit once more, go to bed, you're done.

I did think I was just gonna "do it" right off the bat...and I made a couple of chugs of the stuff. Then I went to sit down and hit it steady for about an hour.
People make it worse than it has to be.

ETA: post pics....



___

Mine was four yrs. ago, and is simply part of...maturing.

The second date between myself and my wife began this way...I guess love was in the picture even at that stage in our relationship. She had nice pics.

Anyway, quoted post said it best...plz, though...I appreciate what you'll be going thru...but no pics!



Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:00:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JimTh:
I didn't have to drink a gallon of anything. I had to drink a bottle of magnesium citrate and then I had to take a small bottle of Fleets, twice I think. Mix both of them with Sprite, makes them go down much easier. For God's sake, don't mix them with water.
I was put to sleep for mine, I did barely wake up during the procedure. I remember feeling cramps in my stomach, I groaned and they gave me more happy drops.
Prepare for wild flatulence afterwards.




Uhhhh, you don't drink Fleets, that pointy thing in the box wasn't a straw......
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:01:35 PM EDT
Push back
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:03:17 PM EDT
I had my first one last year at 33. Issue-related though.

Much to the dismay of the membership, I had one of the pics as my avatar for a while.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:03:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CS223:

Originally Posted By JimTh:
I didn't have to drink a gallon of anything. I had to drink a bottle of magnesium citrate and then I had to take a small bottle of Fleets, twice I think. Mix both of them with Sprite, makes them go down much easier. For God's sake, don't mix them with water.
I was put to sleep for mine, I did barely wake up during the procedure. I remember feeling cramps in my stomach, I groaned and they gave me more happy drops.
Prepare for wild flatulence afterwards.




Uhhhh, you don't drink Fleets, that pointy thing in the box wasn't a straw......



Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:07:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/7/2005 1:07:22 PM EDT by HRSGRUNNER]
The last thing I saw before getting knocked out was looking at the coiled up scope cable and seeing the 40' mark on it. I woke up and said you didn't use it all did you!
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:08:10 PM EDT
WOW!! You're going to be on TV too? What channel??

The first time, I used Fleets. That sucked!! The last time, the Dr. gave me 3 pills and a liquid of some kind. Worked great! I won't go back to Fleets.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:09:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dolomite:
If they made the cleanser taste good - too many people would get addicted to it.





Have some fun with it. After you blow out your second dose of Fleet, power down a pint of beer.

+1 on the post pics request.

BTW I had my first colonoscopy at 41, second one at 46. They're not fun, but if they give you the right amount of the right medication at the time it can be somewhat entertaining.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:09:14 PM EDT
Maybe you should know what you're talking about before you stick your foot in your mouth.
There's an oral version. It's called Phosphosoda.


Originally Posted By CS223:

Originally Posted By JimTh:
I didn't have to drink a gallon of anything. I had to drink a bottle of magnesium citrate and then I had to take a small bottle of Fleets, twice I think. Mix both of them with Sprite, makes them go down much easier. For God's sake, don't mix them with water.
I was put to sleep for mine, I did barely wake up during the procedure. I remember feeling cramps in my stomach, I groaned and they gave me more happy drops.
Prepare for wild flatulence afterwards.




Uhhhh, you don't drink Fleets, that pointy thing in the box wasn't a straw......

Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:12:13 PM EDT
I just had one. Evidently the drug they use to put you out causes kind of an amnesia. Trust me, if done right, you won't remember a damn thing. One minute you are laying there getting ready for the worst experience of your life and then you are transported into the future in a recovery room watching TV wondering if they did anything at all. I even had to ask if we were done. The hard part really is drinking the stuff in preparation - I mixed it with Gatorade and it was OK, no big deal.

By the way, if you can get demerol as a sedative prior to the procedure, I HIGHLY recommend it. It was the best I ever felt in my life.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:13:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mike_48:
...
By the way, if you can get demerol as a sedative prior to the procedure, I HIGHLY recommend it. It was the best I ever felt in my life.



I got Fentanyl and Versed. Fentanyl is a fast-acting narcotic. Versed is the sedative that gives you amnesia.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:15:43 PM EDT
I gotta get my first one done Friday.

Not looking forward to drinking the stuff tomorrow...but hopefully everything will go well.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:16:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Boog:
well,...it's my time.

51 years old and time for my first colonoscopy.

The stuff they have you drink to, huh..............."flush" yourself......

don't they make one that is more palatable??

My wife had some stuff to drink that she said tasted awfull and I know from past threads on the topic that there's a couple of things that you can drink one being better tasting.

Do they make a pill that does the same thing????



damn, I am NOT looking forward to the cleansing process or the procedure, but looking forward to good results.




The trick is to chill the gallon of solution after you mix it. Try mixing with COLD water. THe colder the soslution, the less you'll taste it. Try small glasses to drink it from, line them up like shot glasses and knock it back. How's your drinking shcedule go? SOmething like eight ounces every five minutes? Get four two ounce glasses and knock 'em back. No problem.

Trust me on this, this really is the best prep, no fooling around at the back exit with the Fleet bottles, everything works as it should, one way out! Exit only and all.

Big plus one on the Versed. Just don't expect to remember much. It is a pleasant sleepy doze....with free pictures at the end!

Really, the idea is much worse than the procedure.

efxguy
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:22:56 PM EDT
CA Kid, yeah, I got the Demerol first and they let me lay there for about 20 minutes. It works in about 5 minutes and puts you into an unbelievable calm and floating on air feeling. All my back pain was gone, all muscles totally relaxed. I can see how some junkie could get hooked on the stuff. I then got the Versed. Not a bad combo, Demerol with Versed chaser.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:23:53 PM EDT
I decided no!

What will be will be.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:37:40 PM EDT
The worst part for me was not eating for a day and a half. That sucked. They gave me some pills to take to clear myself out with. I don't remember the name. I do remember that I was taking the pills with apple juice and on my last dose I mixed up the apple juice and corn oil in the dark. Surprise!
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:43:34 PM EDT
Thanx all for the replies.

The consultation is tomorrow.

The actual procedure will be scheduled fairly quickly after that I hope.



Link Posted: 12/7/2005 1:52:14 PM EDT
I had my first just a few weeks ago (39 till April) and an upper endoscopy to go with it and it's a good thing I did. Ulcerative Colitis and Barretts Esophagus were my diagnosis. Not good, but I have a family history and with treatment not the end of the world. I am going to have to get one once a year for a while if not for the rest of my life.

The drink wasn't too bad, little worse than Lemon Lime Gatorade but doable. You will learn a new meaning for the phrase flaming asshole.

When I woke up after the procedure I looked at the nurse, appologized for the gas and said: "Do you want to pull my finger?"
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 2:01:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Boog:
well,...it's my time.

51 years old and time for my first colonoscopy.

The stuff they have you drink to, huh..............."flush" yourself......

don't they make one that is more palatable??

My wife had some stuff to drink that she said tasted awfull and I know from past threads on the topic that there's a couple of things that you can drink one being better tasting.

Do they make a pill that does the same thing????



damn, I am NOT looking forward to the cleansing process or the procedure, but looking forward to good results.



HA HA HA HA HA!!! Wait, this ain't funny at all. The "cleanser" is bad. I think it is okay to mix in a little powdered flavoring but I took it straight. I did chill it, though, which seemed to make it taste less horrifying but was harder to gulp down.

Be prepared, after about 2 or 3 cups of the cleanser starts to take effect. Don't stray too far from the bathroom.

The biggest shock for me was that when I started coming around after the "procedure" I thought the fun was all but over. Oh, no!! Then it was time for x-rays. Trust me, if you think the cleanser stuff is bad, wait until you get the barium "milkshakes". These are what seem like 10 pound coffee cups of plaster that taste like nothing you've ever tasted. Then, when you're done, they give you some stuff to make you go again so it doesn't "set up in your intestines like concrete."

Otherwise the whole affair was a thrill for me!
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 2:03:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cobra-ak:
I literally crapped water at the end of that gallon jug I drank, showed up the next day took my clothes off, I remember the doctor coming in the room and asking how I felt, they gave me an IV the nurse put something in the IV, the next thing I know it was 2 hours later with my mother looking at me and not remembering anything.....I was OK



I woke up to my mother slapping me. Seems the doctor was telling her I should lay off dairy products for a while. In my groginess I thought he meant forever. I was screaming, "How the fu** can I have a fu**ing cheeseburger with no fu**ing cheese? "
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 2:20:03 PM EDT
I wouldn't worry nearly as much about the procedure but rather the doctor coming in with the results, "you've got cancer" or some such.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 2:23:28 PM EDT
Its a real pain in the ass.

Mix a clear flavor cool aide with the drink and you will do fine. No coloring in the coolaide or you will piss the doctor off. Will make it much more palatable.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 2:33:35 PM EDT
I'm getting one in a couple weeks. I had a bug that took 6 weeks to work out. After 24 days of antibiotics I requested one just to make sure.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 2:42:34 PM EDT
The stuff the give you to drink is called "Go Lightly". Someone had a real sense of humor. By the time you drink the whole gallon, you will be pissing out of your asshole. Get some reading material and don't venture to far from the throne.
The inject warm air into the colon to open it up so they can see good with the scope. It's pretty painful until you release all the air. Best gas passing session ever.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 2:52:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/7/2005 2:52:59 PM EDT by California_Kid]

Originally Posted By Chinook3:
I decided no!

What will be will be.



IM me if you're interested in hearing what it was like watching my grandfather die of colon cancer.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 2:53:25 PM EDT
While certainly not fun, it’s really not that big a deal. The biggest pain is just losing the better part of a day and a half going through all this.

The Fleet stuff really is foul, though.

I think my body accepted the first half of the bottle with no difficulty since it didn’t know what to expect. I took the second half maybe a couple of hours later. I gagged as it went down and very nearly barfed it back up – my body knew exactly what was going on by then!!

Incidentally, by the time this is over you’ll be so hungry that you’ll be ready to eat one of your shoes!
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 3:00:50 PM EDT
C'mon ask the question you reallly want to ask.


No, it does not make you gay.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 3:09:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CS223:

Originally Posted By JimTh:
I didn't have to drink a gallon of anything. I had to drink a bottle of magnesium citrate and then I had to take a small bottle of Fleets, twice I think. Mix both of them with Sprite, makes them go down much easier. For God's sake, don't mix them with water.
I was put to sleep for mine, I did barely wake up during the procedure. I remember feeling cramps in my stomach, I groaned and they gave me more happy drops.
Prepare for wild flatulence afterwards.




Uhhhh, you don't drink Fleets, that pointy thing in the box wasn't a straw......



Fleets Phospha (SP?) Soda...The Fleet Co. makes more than one product.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 3:26:25 PM EDT
The worst part is the stuff you have to drink ... the best part is the shot you get before they start. Oh, and stoping for lunch on the way home.
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 3:27:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/7/2005 3:28:00 PM EDT by 3-gun]
Dbl Tap
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 3:34:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Chinook3:
I decided no!

What will be will be.



I dunno.. I think I am with you on this one...
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 3:38:14 PM EDT
I don't know what it is with doctors wanting to stick stuff up your ass lately. I had one doctor that when you went in with the flu he wanted you to drop your pants. To me the camera thing is similar to giving permission to be raped. My wife don't even stick stuff up my ass! I guess it does save lives, but damn. MV out! hock.gif
Link Posted: 12/7/2005 3:47:17 PM EDT
If you ever poop out lots of blood, and I do mean lots, you'll be glad to have one just so you can know why.


Originally Posted By MontanaVet:
I don't know what it is with doctors wanting to stick stuff up your ass lately. I had one doctor that when you went in with the flu he wanted you to drop your pants. To me the camera thing is similar to giving permission to be raped. My wife don't even stick stuff up my ass! I guess it does save lives, but damn. MV out!

Link Posted: 12/8/2005 8:46:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MontanaVet:
I don't know what it is with doctors wanting to stick stuff up your ass lately....



All gastroenterologists are "preverts".

The only doctors who are really "normal" people are dermatologists.
Link Posted: 12/8/2005 8:59:37 AM EDT
A bowel prep can be accomplished many ways - fleets phosphosoda, golytely, magnesium citrate, oral antibiotic prep (Erythromycin & neomycin), any of these alone, combined, and also w/ enemas (fleets, tap water, etc..). The important thing is to clean out the colon so the guy can see what's in there. During the scope, the can examine the entire colon (if they are good), take pictures, take biopsies, remove small growths, etc... They can even "tatoo" areas of concern so that a surgeon can take out just the questionable area. They can also cauterize small vessels if you are bleeding.

For those who are totally against an hour or so of embarassment - think of it like dancing at a wedding - few people will know you, and w/ the "cocktail" the give you, you won't particularly care or remember.

Oh, and it just might save your life. Think of it as a preventative measure - like carrying a gun.

Link Posted: 12/8/2005 9:00:39 AM EDT
Sounds like fun, I can hardly wait...
Link Posted: 12/8/2005 9:10:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ArmedAggie:
The biggest shock for me was that when I started coming around after the "procedure" I thought the fun was all but over. Oh, no!! Then it was time for x-rays. Trust me, if you think the cleanser stuff is bad, wait until you get the barium "milkshakes". These are what seem like 10 pound coffee cups of plaster that taste like nothing you've ever tasted. Then, when you're done, they give you some stuff to make you go again so it doesn't "set up in your intestines like concrete."

Otherwise the whole affair was a thrill for me!



DRINK THE STUFF THEY GIVE YOU AFTER THE BARIUM MILKSHAKES.

I had one when I was younger and thought I didn't need to. About a day later, I SHIT A FUCKING CINDER BLOCK. I swear the thing clunked when it hit the bottom of the bowl.

I learned my lesson.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 6:45:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By California_Kid:

Originally Posted By MontanaVet:
I don't know what it is with doctors wanting to stick stuff up your ass lately....

All gastroenterologists are "preverts".
The only doctors who are really "normal" people are dermatologists.

You got that right, I had to go see a GI specialist today for a little problem with my poo, and the first thing he did was say "drop your pants". I thought you were just supposed to talk on your first date.

Kharn
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 1:20:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/15/2005 1:21:22 PM EDT by Boog]
Well, I had the colonoscopy this AM. He found, and removed, 2- 8 millimeter polyps.

I will hear the biopsy results in about a week.

As others have said, the prep procedure was R E A L fun...........

My Dr. had me drinking the "phospho soda" (1.5 oz. at 4pm and 1.5 oz. at 10pm)

and take 2 Dulcolax tablets at 8pm.

Things started happening around 430pm.

I kept thinking of "that" scene from "Dumb and Dumber"

The actual colonoscopy was a breeze.

The nurse couldn't get an IV line started in my arm and had to put one in the back of my hand which was a little more uncomfortable.

It was what the Dr. had promised. I remember being wheeled into the room and saying good morning to my Dr. and then the nurse positioned me, attached some monitoring lines and said "OK, we're going to get started now."
....
...
..
.
And then I was hearing "you're all done" and I was out in recovery with my wife sitting by the bed.

I don't remember being conscious in between.

All in all I'm glad it's over and done.

Thanks all for the input and advice.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 1:23:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Boog:
Well, I had the colonoscopy this AM. He found, and removed, 2- 8 millimeter polyps.

You know, we joke about this stuff, but the highlighted information above says it all.

Best wishes for a positive result, Boog.
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