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#1 kelowna52

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 01:19 PM

Good afternoon to all of you who are surfing the web. I have been preparing all day for my tests tomorrow. I'm having a Colonoscopy and a Upper G.I. Scope done at the same time, I've never had them done together before. My Gasto doctor. doesn't want to put me under, anymore than I have to be. The thing I really dislike about the whole thing is the prep. for the Colonoscopy. I must admit the liquid I had to drink today wasn't quite as bad as usual. My rheumatologist., called me today to make sure I stopped the Zelnorm, which I had already, thanks to this great website. Well, take care everyone I just wanted to pass some time, it's so tough when you can't eat, only liquids and clear at that.


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Posted 03 April 2007 - 01:33 PM

Hi Jackie,

I am sorry you are having to do the prep for a colonoscopy....no fun! But, it will be over before you know it. The first time I had an endoscopy, I had a colonoscopy at the same time. It really wasn't any big deal to have them both done at the same time....I didn't feel any differently then when I had just the endoscopy. I hope it all goes well for you tomorrow. Do let us know how it goes.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 02:42 PM

Hello Jackie,
Thats a bummer that you have to get those tests done! I will be following in your footseps later this month...minus the colonoscopy. Let us know how it all went and your results.....Best wishes~
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 02:51 PM

Jackie,
I agree - the prep for the colonoscopy was the worse part of the whole thing. My instructions did tell me I could eat jello as long as it was not red jello. That's what saved me. My experience of the procedure was the same as Heidi's. I was sedated just enough to not know what's going on. I hope your's is even less memorable. You'll be in our thoughts.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 05:32 PM

Hi Jackie,

I have the same things done on the 27th along with an esophageal stretch. I was told I could substitute Crystal Lite for the "flavor" they use with the prep mixture.

I've never had any of these tests done before. I'm worried about going 36-38 hours without eating! I will probably get an angry headache and/or faint! Not sure just clear liquids will keep me from that.

Good luck to you tmorrow! Let us know how it all turns out.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 09:04 PM

Good luck with your tests tomorrow. I am going to have my first endoscopy in about two hours from now. I hardly slept at all last night worrying about it, but I know it won't be long now and I do hope something useful will come of it. Luckily I have no colonoscopy to worry about at this point. I don't intend to be sedated for my procedure, but I can say if I had to have both, I'd probably go for sedation.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 09:36 PM

Good luck both Jackie and Jefa! Also Barefut on the 27th.

I can say that the "looking forward with trepidation" to either of these tests is the worst part. Also in the case of the colonoscopy; the preparation.... Ugh!

I've had 2 endoscopies, and one colonoscopy. With the first endoscopy I was given a choice of IV anti-depressant/ anti-anxiety medication, or full sedation. I chose the first option, and although it was quick, and not all that bad, I asked for full sedation for the second one. Much better!

For the colonoscopy I was given full sedation, and don't remember anything except when I awoke in the theater with the doctor saying everything was fine!

Let us know how you both get on.

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 02:46 AM

Jackie,
I found the worst part was the prep for the colonoscopy. The tests were a breeze. Good Luck!
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Posted 04 April 2007 - 09:40 AM

I just got back from my first endoscopy. The IV hurt because of my tight skin but I all I remeber is waking up... not so bad. I have sjogrens too so not being able to drink anything for six hours was lame.

The nurse told me that not eating the day before the colonoscopy and clearing out your colon is the part people don't like about the colonoscopy... hopefully I won't have to have one till the recommended age of 50.

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 10:09 AM

Glad it wasn't too bad for you, Peanut. At my clinic the restriction was no food or drink from midnight the day BEFORE the procedure, so I felt hard done by. The only meds allowed were for heart, thyroid or diabetes and then with restriction. A great deal of advice was given on the options of local spray anaesthetic vs. sedation. The statistics were that 80% of the patients chose the local. I chose this option because of those who chose the sedation option were advised of 24 hour short term memory loss and much longer recovery time and after care restrictions. The statistics given didn't seem to match practice as most of the other patients in while I was there seemed to be opting for sedation. I waited for nearly an hour and half in the endoscopy suite so I heard all the other patient stories. They had to switch my slot with another patient who required a special procedure and only one of the doctors could do it. When I finally got seen, the local was applied only a minute or two before the procedure. I was hardly aware of any anaesthetic and the gag reflex was simply horrible. I seemed to be gagging , crying (tears, not sobs) and burping endlessly. Two nurses held my hand and talked sweetly, reassuring me and telling me how well I was doing, but I wasn't buying it. I was hoping I would be able to see what was going on but the screen was positioned behind my back. Even though I had seen pictures of the tube prior to the appointment, when he actually brought the thing up to my mouth, it seemed huge. If I have to go again, I will definitely opt for sedation. The result, btw, was that I have a hiatal hernia. I guess I will have to wait until my general practitioner appointment on the 18th to get the full details as I was not in much of a receiving mood on the day.

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 10:45 AM

Hi Jefa,

I am sorry you didn't have the full sedation and it was such a horrible experience! I really can't imagine having that done without the sedation. I am also sorry to hear you have a hiatal hernia. Please do let us know what they decide to do about it.

Hi Peanut,

I am glad the procedure is over for you and wasn't too bad. Do you know your results yet?

Warm wishes,
Heidi

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 04:55 AM

Heidi,
I was completely knocked out and only remember going home, so my hubby talked to the GI. The GI saw a ring typical of heartburn. And something about a Z-line and 36 cm - I don't know what that means. They biopsied a few areas and those results come back in a few weeks. He didn’t say anything about needing my esophagus stretched, which is good.

I had the endoscope to figure out why I'm having swallowing issues. So far everything I hear doesn't answer my swallowing question.

The drugs from the endoscope were strong…. So I apologize if I wrote anything weird. They told me not to drive or operate any heavy machinery all day. They should add – do not blog either. Hahha…

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 08:41 AM

Hi Peanut,

Your comments are reminiscent of my experiences. The last time I had an endoscopy it was to stretch my esophagus because of my swallowing/choking issues, but when the GI doctor went in, he said he didn't see any reason to stretch. Surprisingly, when I started taking Aciphex for my heartburn/reflux, it helped a lot with my choking/swallowing issues as well (although it is all starting to become a bit more frequent again). I also remember being totally knocked out from the sedation...came home and slept hours!

Please do let us know what the biopsy shows.

Warm wishes,
Heidi

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 11:52 AM

Peanut,
I have Sjogren's too and it is a bummer having your mouth and everything so dry. I know that you are relieved to have that over with... Take care!
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Posted 06 April 2007 - 01:11 PM

Thank you everyone for your replies. Everything went fine and I'm just waiting to hear the results of the biopsies. My Gastro. doctor. said my stomach looked like someone who has an Auto Immune Desease, what ever that means. Anyway I made it through the prep, thank heavens. I don't have to have another Colonoscopy for a while. Take care all of you, my stomach is kind of bothering me so I think I will go and lay down.

Jackie S.

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Posted 06 April 2007 - 03:22 PM

Barefut,
You don't have to go 24 to 36 hours without eating. You just need to drink clear liquids and clear or yellow jello. I made a Roast Beef dinner and a Chicken noodle soup a few days prior to my tests. I then took the broths that I had set aside and had wonderful flavorful broths to drink the day before the tests. I also made jello. I can't remember off hand what else I had. But, I didn't go hungry thats for sure. My biggest problem was that I like cream in my coffee. No milk or cream. I HATE BLACK COFFEE. My doctor let me cheat a bit. I got to have coffee until just after noon the day before so that I wouldn't suffer with a bad headache. I had the headache anyway. I am terribly addicted to Coffee/Latte's.
Oh! You can suck on any clear candy also. Good luck on your tests. Sheryl
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Posted 06 April 2007 - 03:47 PM

I am a little bit puzzled about doctors saying it's OK to have jello and clear candy before a colonoscopy.

When I had mine the doctor said to have nothing at all with sugar in it, as if he had to do a biopsy and use a cautery the sugar can ignite and cause an explosion!!

Needless to say I was very strict with myself and took nothing with sugar in it.

However, I went into a private hospital overnight to have the prep, as not being able to walk was a problem with getting to the bathroom, and I didn't want my poor husband up all night with me, as he does enough without that! Also being on dialysis overnight was another problem. Anyway, they allowed me to have clear apple juice for "breakfast", and I would think that has a form of sugar in it, albeit as fructose, not sucrose.

Whatever........ he did do some biopsies, and I didn't "explode"!! :lol:

Warm hugs,

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Posted 06 April 2007 - 07:05 PM

I had a sigmoidoscopy in the early 1980's and I had nothing I went cold turkey,it was not a pleasant experience thats for sure! The dr.later told me that he'd ordered it but somehow I didn't get it.Thats how my ulcerative colitis was found.To top it off I drove home being very SORE! I had to stop a couple of times but I made it.I can promise you that when I went back for another one a year or so later I had sedation and someone to drive me home.I've had 3 colonoscopies and when I go to the dr.on the 26th I'm sure I will be scheduled one.Not looking forward to the prep that is the worst! I never could eat before them either but could sip on crushed ice as long as it wasn't alot.My husbands sister had an endoscope,colonoscopy and her gall bladder removed all at the same time.That was back in November and she's doing fine.She lost a lot of weight but it was before her tests and surgery,she said she just didn't have an appetite when her stomach was hurting so bad.She's only put back around 3.Anyway I don't like to have anything done that I can feel.Just hit me on the head with a hammer if nothing else LoL.Hope all are well,its 40 something degrees here in La.and thats very cold for us.I feel it too.The best to all. Smiles-Mary-La.

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 05:45 AM

Jackie
Glad to hear that things went well. I'm curious as well - what does an autoimmune stomach look like? :blink:
Please let us know the results of the tests when you get them.
Big Hugs,
Janey