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Constipated for 4 weeks numerous enemas, 2 bowel preps and laxatives not working nausea vomiting hurts to move doc not doing anything pain is worse

Constipated for 4 weeks numerous enemas, 2 bowel preps and laxatives not working nausea vomiting hurts to move doc not doing anything pain is worse

Diagnosis needed: I would be concerned about a possible incomplete mechanical obstruction in your intestinal tract in view of symptoms of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.it may be an irritable bowel syndrome with predominant constipation,however. Nevertheless I recommend a thorough evaluation by a gastroenterologist who will order appropriate tests and, if advisable, refer to an abdominal surgeon for evaluation ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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I have a colonoscopy tomorrow. I took my bowel prep of about an hour ago. In how much time will it start working? Will a gatorade/miralax mix not work?

I have a colonoscopy tomorrow. I took my bowel prep of about an hour ago. In how much time will it start working? Will a gatorade/miralax mix not work?

May not work: A gatorade and MiraLAX combination is not a common bowel prep in my experience. Miralax is an excellent laxative but if only one dose is taken, it is not likely to clean the colon out as well as is optimal for colonoscopy. A single dose might not produce a bm for a day or 2. Gatorade is an electrolyte-rich drink but not likely as effective as GoLytely or other polyethylene glycol solutions. ...Read more

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How painful is bowel prep?

How painful is bowel prep?

None: There should be no pain with a bowel prep, which are laxatives to clean the intestines. There could be mild bloating, fullness, or minimal intestinal cramping feeling. Of course, diarrhea is the natural expected result of this bowel prep. ...Read more

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Having a full bowel prep, what to expect?

Having a full bowel prep, what to expect?

Watery diarrhea: Stay near a toilet, drink lots of water or light juice and do not trust the feeling of flatus it will be a liquid bowel movement. The prep may make you feel bloated until you are done going. ...Read more

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How long will it take to complete my bowel prep?

How long will it take to complete my bowel prep?

Prep: This may take 6 hours or longer. Usually preps involve drinking large quantities of a special liquid or taking pills. The goal is a clear effluent that will help the specialist visualize the colon during colonoscopy or make your surgery safer. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bowel prep?

What is the definition or description of: bowel prep?

Cleansing: This is the flushing out of intestinal contents, usually before colonoscopy or colonic surgery. A solution which traverses the intestines without being absorbed is taken orally, causing a complete cleansing of solid stool from the colon. ...Read more

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How long should the effects of Pico-Salax bowel prep last?

How long should the effects of Pico-Salax bowel prep last?

The active: ingredients in Pico-Salax, largely used in Canada, are sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide and citric acid. Together these work as a strong purgative/substance to empty bowels. These preps usually take over an hour to drink, and can begin working nearly immediately or soon. The manufacturer says "the effects...may last for a few hours after you finish it." I would say usually <6, but up to 12. ...Read more

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Does bowel prep cause colitis?

Does bowel prep cause colitis?

No: The inflammation can be aggravated by it but it will not cause a problem. ...Read more

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Bowel prep causes rectal pain?

Not bad: Bowel prep obviously increases the flow through your body. This can be associated with pain, usually cramping. It should not cause sever pain. ...Read more

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What kind of bowel prep is done for a colonoscopy?

What kind of bowel prep is done for a colonoscopy?

Liquid : Usually a powder mixed in liquid like GoLytely or miralax, (polyethylene glycol) sometimes with tablets added like dulcolax. The amount of liquid is substantial, like 48oz. ...Read more

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Why is it that i need to do a bowel prep for a hysterectomy?

Why is it that i need to do a bowel prep for a hysterectomy?

Safety: It is not common to have a bowel prep. It can be recommended for cancer or if adhesions and scar tissue such as prior surgery raise the risk for possible bowel injuries. It is safer to have a bowel prep than risk infection with a bowel injury. ...Read more

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Am i allowed to take phergan during a bowel prep for a colonoscopy?

I wouldn't: Just take your time and drink the bowel prep -- it is very important to be cleaned out for the test. Try chewing gum in between glasses of the prep as this will take away the nasty aftertaste. Any medicine you take during the prep will likely be washed away ...Read more

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Why is it necessary for me to take a bowel prep before having a hysterectomy?

Why is it necessary for me to take a bowel prep before having a hysterectomy?

Yes: It is in your best interest to do so just incase an injury occurs to your colon during the surgery, it can be repaired without the need to have a colostomy. ...Read more

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When should I take first dose of bowel prep solution, a couple of hours before bed?

When should I take first dose of bowel prep solution, a couple of hours before bed?

Instuctions to follo: The bowel prep medicine(drinking solution) comes with Instructions which you should read carefully and try to follow.. You can start he medication like you have planned. It doe snot have to be timed perfectly, yet it takes 6-8 hours to clean up the bowel. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can eat or drink during my bowel prep that will make me feel full?

Clear soup, jello: Jello, but not red jello, see through liquids, water, clear soups can make you feel full. Sometimes the bowel prep itself involves large quantities of liquids too. ...Read more

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Is there a difference what kind of bowel prep is done for a colonoscopy as long as the end result is the same?

Is there a difference what kind of bowel prep is done for a colonoscopy as long as the end result is the same?

Some preps: Are more difficult or time consuming, which caues non-compliance, or result in more electrolyte abnormalities, such as low potassium. But you are right, once the prep is complete and the end result is satisfactory, then the choice of prep is not even relevant. ...Read more

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Taking Citrafleet as bowel prep prior to colonoscopy. Is it ok to eat something light a few hours later since you took your first sachet before second?

Clear liquids only: You need your bowel free of any residue which means not eating any regular food for 24 hours before the colonoscopy. You can only have clear liquids which includes sodas, water, Tea/coffee(black only) pulp-free juices and jello, but stopping everything 4 hours before the procedure. ...Read more

Bowel Prep (Definition)

This is the flushing out of intestinal contents, usually before colonoscopy or colonic surgery. A solution which traverses the intestines without being absorbed is taken orally, causing a complete cleansing of solid ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more