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Old 01-12-2018, 10:03 AM
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So got a new doctor last month . Putting me thru the ropes .53 years old . Sent me in for a Colonoscopy. Was pretty nervous and anxious. Got it done yesterday . Just a few words of advice to anyone going for first time . Don't sweat it . Biggest thing to do us to follow the 4 day meal plan and cleanz. You want to make sure you're cleaned out so the Doc can see everything. The hardest part was downing the Colyte. I made sure it was cold and downed it quickly. Things started in about an hour. Take a couple of days of and enjoy you're washroom . The staff at the Clinic are awesome. A little sedation and it's only about 20 minutes. They took 2 small Polyps out on mine . Feel very relieved today and clean !!
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:08 AM
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or you can go to Princess Auto and get the DIY kit

In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher'.

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It has been scientifically proven that a 308 round will not leave your property -- they essentially fall dead at the fence line. But a 38 round, when fired from a handgun, will of its own accord leave your property and destroy any small schools nearby.
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:30 AM
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Thank you for following through and providing the positive reinforcement for others. Certainly no one wants to go through this, but it just might save your life.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:15 AM
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Very easy and painless way to maybe save your life
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:18 AM
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A very big point to make - DO NOT leave the immediate vicinity of toilet facilities!!
Things happen fast and furious!!
But yes, painless and important for sure.....
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:22 AM
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Lol! Thank you for sharing your ordeal, remember the AO forum motto, no pictures? It didn't happen.....HAHA!!
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:31 AM
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There are tons of jokes about colonosopys and some are truly hilarious.

Just on a serious note it is THE best way for cancer prevention.

I had my first one ten years ago and apparently I was in the perfect a**hole category which was a relief.

Just had another one and the Dr. removed two polyps. Now I have a recall in five years rather than the ten.

Previous posters pretty much summed up the worst part...drinking the colyte. Don't even bother with the flavoured ones..it really doesn't help LOL. As stated above follow all the directions to make sure the Dr. can see clearly.
The Nurse asked me before I went in if the fluid discharge was clear. I said just like Nanton Spring Water!
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:31 AM
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I called my friend, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment
for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, he showed me a color
diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place,
at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis.

Then he explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in
a thorough, reassuring and patient manner. I nodded thoughtfully,
but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking,

I left his office with some written instructions, and a prescription for
a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold a
microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it
to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America's

I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous.
Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation.

In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day;
all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less
flavor. Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of
powder together in a one-liter plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm
water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32
gallons.) Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour,
because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind - like a mixture of goat
spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great
sense of humor, state that after you drink it, 'a loose watery bowel
movement may result.' This is kind of like saying that after you jump off
your roof, you may experience contact with the ground.
MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but:
Have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep
experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the
commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the
bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything.

And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink
another liter of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels
travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even
eaten yet.

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep. The next morning my
wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried
about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of
MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on my friend?' How do you
apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.

At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and
totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a
room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little
curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital
garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on,
makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked.

Then a nurse put a little needle in a vein in my left hand.
Ordinarily I would have fainted, but the nurse was very good, and I was already
lying down. The nurse also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep.
At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this is, but then I
pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the
bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would
have no choice but to burn your house.

When everything was ready, the nurse wheeled me into the procedure room, where
my friend was waiting with another nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see the
17,000-foot tube, but I knew my friend had it hidden around there somewhere. I
was seriously nervous at this point. He had me roll over on my left side,
and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my
hand. There was music playing in the room, and realized that the song was
'Dancing Queen' by ABBA I remarked to my friend that, of all the songs that could
be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen' has to be the
least appropriate. 'You want me to turn it up?' he said, from somewhere
behind me. 'Ha ha,' I said. And then it was time, the moment I had been
dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself,
because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was

I have no idea. Really. I slept through it. One moment, ABBA was yelling
'Dancing Queen, Feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was
back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood. My friend was looking
down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more
excellent when he told me that it was all over, and that my colon had
passed with flying colors. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:52 AM
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Have someone drive you for your procedure and be there to drive you home. You are legally impaired for 24 hours after the sedation. The nurse came out in the waiting room and met my driver. Some clinics will not do the procedure unless there is someone to take you home. Nurse told me in the morning she had a guy who insisted he was fine and she had to go tell his wife under no conditions can he drive for 24 hours. Even if you drive and someone else hits you it is your fault as you are not supposed to be driving. Three years ago when I had my first one I thought I was fine until I walked out in the parking lot went to step over the curb and fell flat on my face. I thought I broke both wrists. So no driving. If you want to try something after sedation try typing an AO thread and see how many mistakes you make.
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Old 01-12-2018, 12:00 PM
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Told me sedation was optional but if I took it I was legally impaired so couldnt drive, although I had my wife available as back up driver I tried without sedation and it was fine. Doing the orientation for another one next month.
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Au revoir, Gopher View Post
or you can go to Princess Auto and get the DIY kit

So which end goes in first?

Just submitted my name for the first.

Best to do it. Remove polyps and be safe and healthy to go fishing!
It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself. Charles Darwin
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ShortsideK View Post
I called my friend, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment
for a colonoscopy. A few days later....
I am quite literally in tears
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:39 PM
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Done it once(2 yrs back) as my dad had polyps found so me and my sis needed to follow up. Its not that big of a deal. They put you under but just enough to make you sleepy, pretty sure I remember waking up and watching the tv screen for a few seconds before I drifted off again, no pain or discomfort after.

WORST part is trying to drink that slop. If you can, get an appointment where you drink all of it in one shot, go that route. I had to drink half in the evening, sit on the crapper, then worry all night if you had to go again. Then drink the rest by 8 am the next morning, do it all over again. I don't believe any flavor will help get that junk down. I had to wash it down with ginger ale near the end.
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:49 PM
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First one I had was at 15. Many since. It's a kick to pride department for sure.

Being a teenager and having a hot female nurse administering is hilarious now...years later.

Following pre procedure tips is important. It sucks but it's your health at stake.

Watching your insides and biops on a big screen blitzed on drugs is a real interesting event
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:01 PM
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Had a couple
The worst part is the prep and anticipation of what's coming, after "meh" not really a big deal and it could save your life. If your getting a gastroscopy and colonoscopy make sure they do the gastroscopy first Yuk!
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:01 PM
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I had my first one done over 15 years ago. At the time many of my in laws made a point of telling me that they would never allow something so invasive.
Since then one of them has died from cancer that spread from the colon to the liver. The sad part is the doctor said that the cancer that started in the colon was a very slow growing cancer and probably in the works for at least 10 years before death and could have been detected early. Every one that thought I was foolish have since rushed to have the procedure done.

No one needs to die if there is a way of detecting it early. If you are thinking about it, talk to your doctor and get it done.
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:07 PM
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I had one done when I was 30 it was no big deal. I got scoped up and down. Make sure they go through the top first hahaha. Get the drugs they're a blast lol.
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:16 PM
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I had plenty of colonoscopy experience ... was eventually diagnosed with ulcerative colitis which surgery was able to “cure”. No more colonoscopies for me. Like everybody waiting for their “first time”, I was a nervous (no scared) virgin. I “misheard” the name of the clean-out formula Colyte ...mistakenly thinking it was pronounced “go lightly” ... after which taking, I decided if I ever came across the lab guy that named it, I would kill him.
In “hindsight”, the actual procedure was not terribly unpleasant given that I think the med they gave me acted like I imagine how that date rape concoction works. In short, I knew I was being violated but just didn’t care.
Seriously, there is nothing to fear, and believe me, I had enough of them to know. And, if you get diagnosed with something scary, don’t think you are too tough to join a support group. I did for a while and will be eternally thankful to my “bum buddies”.
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:28 PM
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Brother had his & he said it took 4 strokes off his handicap, I signed up immediately...I'm making room on the trophy shelf as we speak.
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:48 PM
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Doesn't colonoscopy really mean all aired up and ready for explosive flatulence?
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:56 PM
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Thanks for posting. It's perfectly normal to have trepidation about having it done, but yeah, it doesn't help to put it off.

I've had several of them in my lifetime - Drinking the ColonBlow fluid never gets any easier! It's been better since they started using sedation, although I kind of liked to monitor the overhead screen while they work. It's interesting seeing your insides from the inside...

Once I had a gastroscopy at the same time - Of course, I had to comment, "You're going to clean that thing off again before you shove it in my mouth, right?"

Some awesome comments on here!

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I am quite literally in tears
Same here! Awesome.

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Old 01-12-2018, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Sundancefisher View Post
So which end goes in first?

Just submitted my name for the first.

Best to do it. Remove polyps and be safe and healthy to go fishing!
Depend who the patient is , if its Justin Trudeau the wide tv screen goes in first w/o lube
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:16 PM
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The colonoscopy is much easier to handle then the cystoscope!

Like other says the cleansing juice is the hard part. Take the anesthetic and relax.

The anesthesia option isnít available for the cystoscope!

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Old 01-12-2018, 04:18 PM
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Just had it done (58) piece of cake guys, do it. Going through the "runs" just makes you appreciate the hard stool bathroom visit, after a day or so. By the way, I now hate JELLO.
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:35 PM
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Is this something you need to ask for? Or does the doc order it? I suppose its a little of both?
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:42 PM
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I have had many. The colonoscopy itself is nothing. Drinking 4L of golytely is pretty tough to get down but a lot easier than drinking two bottles of magnesium citrate. That stuff is violent. Iím sure when your on the crapper after drinking the magnesium citrate you could cut steel with the blue flame coming out your butt.
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:43 PM
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I've been told (no personal experience), that if you mix all that terrible tasting stuff in ONE liter of water and chugging as fast as you can, then drinking 3 L of straight water, it makes it a lot easier.
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:50 PM
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Chug down that pail full of Colyte, make sure you have dibs on your favorite crapper and turn up the TV loud! The truth is that it may be uncomfortable but it could save your life.

It saved my fishing partner. Just do it.
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:03 PM
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Yep know this one all to well. Got one done, little anxiety. Not that bad. 3 years later went into ft sask hospital, woke up, they couldnít do it, needed special tool to remove a pulip and had to schedule at u of a 2 more days of not eating and drinking that crap. I got my first and only tattoo lol so in future they can find that spot. Never thought that would ever be my first tattoo 😛. Again following year, now every 3 years. That being in a couple months urghhhhh. Worth the headache and benefit cleansing i guess lol
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:17 PM
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I hear ya about the colyte, you would think someone would make soething that tastes bettter. I have crohns so i get one done every two years(5 so far)Pretty quick once you are in and minimal discomfort after. But that colyte is dreadful.
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