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I have my first Colonoscopy/Endoscopy on Thursday and am deathly nervous....not of the procedure but of the PREP. I have major issues with "going" (primarily "C" and cramping + bloating after each visit to the toilet) so the thought of the whole preparation makes me very nervous and uncomfortable. I am very small and sensitive to medication and already have a VERY unhappy digestive system.

I have two days to prepare for the test- how can I make the prep day easier on my system? Two-day liquid diet? Starting laxatives now? Juice cleanse? Heavy narcotics? (Kidding...sort of :P)

I don't want to be up all night Wednesday going to the restroom! Or in the restroom all day!

Oy....

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For me, with my damaged intestines, this is what happened. I did the clear liquid all day, then at 4 pm the laxatives & the drinking stuff. I found that I felt awful but was cleared out by 10 -10:30 and could sleep the night. I think because I was already moving things thru quickly because of the damage. I felt bad more due to my extreme anemia then just the stomach which was sort of my usual bad on gluten.

My hub was up until 3 am with his healthy system. He didn't feel too bad tho. Small amount of cramping.

But you do get a good nap while the procedure is going on. Then go home & sleep another 2 hours.

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For me, with my damaged intestines, this is what happened. I did the clear liquid all day, then at 4 pm the laxatives & the drinking stuff. I found that I felt awful but was cleared out by 10 -10:30 and could sleep the night. I think because I was already moving things thru quickly because of the damage. I felt bad more due to my extreme anemia then just the stomach which was sort of my usual bad on gluten.

My hub was up until 3 am with his healthy system. He didn't feel too bad tho. Small amount of cramping.

But you do get a good nap while the procedure is going on. Then go home & sleep another 2 hours.

Thanks for the response!! So do you think if I just eat very moderately before Prep Day I should be okay? I'm only 95 lbs and just over 5 ft. so I can't really hold that much food in me as it is :P

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Thanks for the response!! So do you think if I just eat very moderately before Prep Day I should be okay? I'm only 95 lbs and just over 5 ft. so I can't really hold that much food in me as it is :P

I jsut ate normally until they told me to do clear liquids only. Once you start the clearing out stuff, stay near the bathroom. Maybe a maxipad incase of leakage.

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Thanks for the response!! So do you think if I just eat very moderately before Prep Day I should be okay? I'm only 95 lbs and just over 5 ft. so I can't really hold that much food in me as it is :P

My doctor's office suggested I eat lightly the day before the prep. I made a big pot of chicken and rice soup and pretty much lived on that. The prep is definitely the worst part of the procedure...as well as being starving! I was afraid I might get nauseous but thankfully did not.

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My dr had me on clear liquids the day before and laxatives that evening. I was cleared out by the time it was time to go to bed, and didn't have to get up all night. The hardest part was taking the miralax. I had to drink 2 liters of it within 2 hours. I had had a bowl of beef broth just before because I was hungry, but wished I hadn't. I had to drink the miralax so quickly, I didn't feel like there was anymore room for it. It felt like it was still sitting in my esophagus waiting for my stomach to make room for it. :blink:

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