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Foods To Avoid After Colonoscopy
I am having a colonoscopy/endoscopy. Can I consume any type of protein shake/powder or solid food on Mon., my papers just say to avoid food after 4pm?
No only liquid: You are supposed to be on liquid diet for two days prior while getting the prep to clean your colon and flush it from everything so it will be super clean during colonoscopy only water and juices and jello not even milk allowed. No milk shake or smoothies no solid food, you are getting very poor instructions and bad preparation for an important test any doubt call your doctor ...Read more
Follow the instructi: Your doctor's office should give you instructions to follow in order to have a good prep. Otherwise your test will be cancelled as the preparation is rigorous and lasts 2-3 days of no solids and using laxatives to clean up your intestines completely. ...Read more
Anything, generally: Depending on your doctor's preparation, you can often eat a regular diet until the day before your colonoscopy. A light breakfast the day before, and clear liquids all day before your procedure is generally adequate. Remember though, anything you put in your face before your scope, will have to come out with the prep! ...Read more
Colonoscopy Prep: The prep for a colonoscopy might differ from doctor to doctor, but generally speaking most will advise that the patient eat no solid food while the preparation of the bowel is in progress. Clear fluids, however, are permitted. These include apple or cranberry juice, ginger ale, jello and clear broth. ...Read more
Liquids: No solid or soft foods ar allowed on the day of the prep. Any liquid that you can see through (clear liquids) is allowed--tea, black coffee, water, juces without pulp, broths, popsicles, hard candy (ie, jolly ranchers). Avoid any red colored fluids as they may give the tissue a bloody appearance and can be confusing. ...Read more
Clear liquids: Are recommended for the colonoscopy prep in order to optimize visualization. Clear liquids are: water (plain/carbonated/flavored); fruit juice without pulp; fruit-flavored bevs; soda; sports drinks; gelatin; tea/coffee (no milk/cream); clear, fat-free bouillon; hard candy; ice pops. Following the prep instructions exactly gives you the best chance of having the most accurate examination. Good wishes ...Read more
My brother can't keep food down and when he can it doesn't finish going threw his body colonoscopys and other tests say he is fine but he is not?
Vomiting: Need more info, what are his symptoms. When did it start? What all investigations done. ...Read more
I have a colonoscopy tomorrow and have done all the prep. However, I can see food bits in the toilet and it's a cloudy brown. Okay to have procedure?
Probably: Make sure you drank all the proper fluids, you will be releasing waste for hours to come so its likely the colon will be clean by the time of the procedure ...Read more
I'm fine w/having a colonoscopy, but highly motivated to avoid any sedation. I am female. Is this a realistic goal?
Talk to your doc: Cscope can be uncomfortable-lots of loops, twists and turns in 5'-6' of bowel. Most pts and mds prefer a relaxed, comfortable patient: relaxes the bowel, makes for an easier procedure. Need not be "knocked out", just comfortable. Rare patient asks for cold sober procedure; most don't repeat it that way. Would have IV access anyway, in case you want or need meds or fluids. ...Read more
Should one take electrolytes during preperation and on the day of colonoscopy to avoid dehydration?
Not necessarily...: In a healthy person without any electrolyte abnormalities prior to the colonoscopy preparation, which is usually only the day prior to the procedure, drinking adequate water should be enough to prevent dehydration and adding electrolytes is usually unnecessary... again assuming the pre-procedure electrolytes are normal. ...Read more
Scheduled colonoscopy today, but I'm still passing brown fluid and some debris. Followed all instructions, 40 hrs no food, will they reschedule?
Probably OK.: As long as what you're passing is a liquid, it will probably be OK to proceed with the procedure. If it is not too late, you may want to call the gastroenterologist's office to see if they want you to take anything additional to the laxative prescribed. If you can't reach them though, continue to follow the instructions and proceed as planned. Good luck. ...Read more
Could you rephrase?: I'm not sure I'm understanding your question very well. Sounds like you've got a colonoscopy scheduled due to problems with digestion and abdominal pain. Can you explain what you mean by "not digest food" as in are you suffering from vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation or a combination of all those things? ...Read more
I'm having a colonoscopy on October 14th. It says to not take iron for 2 weeks. Does that mean supplements or the food I eat?
Have colonoscopy nxt fri. Due to pain when I eat, no food in few days. What effect will mag. Nit. Prep have on me after no food only liq.4 many days.?
Risk of colon preps: You are appropriately concerned about risks of colon preps. Regardless of type (lavage & osmotic agents, irritant laxatives, enemas) consideration should be given to: age, size, co-morbidlities, nutritional & hydration debilities, mobility, & help at home. Up to 50% may have nausea, vomiting, fullness/bloating, anal irritation. Greater risks result from fluid & electrolyte imbalance. Talk w/doctor. ...Read more
I'm having a colonoscopy thursday at 1 pm I cant eat my dr office said to take my metoprololo will it make me sick without food I can drink liquids?
How many hours before gastroscopy/colonoscopy do I have to stop eating? Say I have it at 3pm, can I eat non solid food for breakfast?
My husband has constantly itchy, burning anus. Not a lot of spicy foods. He is 61 years old and has never has colonoscopy. What could be the cause?
Well yes, but...: Finding that your colon is inflamed by capsule endoscopy does not MAKE a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis. The distribution of colitis, biopsy findings, IBD markers, as well as ruling out infection & ischemia are all important parts of the diagnosis. If you have UC you will likely need repeated colonoscopy surveillance with histology. Get a GI doctor who hears & can address your expressed concerns. ...Read more
I'm getting endoscopy and colonoscopy on 18th, do I need to avoid alcohol? How long before procedure do I need to stop drinking?
Ask your doctor: You certainly need to avoid it after midnight the night before the procedure, since you will likely have sedation with these tests, but the final arbiter on how long you should be without alcohol before the test is the gastroenterologist who is going to perform the tests. It should be in the instructions you get before the procedure, and if it isn't, you should ask. Good luck. ...Read more
I had a colonoscopy done on may 8 but I feel like my stomach is swollen and like my food doesn't pass thru is that normal or should I get checked
Not normal: You should definitely have that checked out. ...Read more
Due to acute left side abdom pain no food in over a wk. (doc thinks bowel inflamed).Will effects of no food show up in colonoscopy? (mask s/ thing else)
Not typically: Depending on age, lower left sided abdominal pain may be an indication of diverticulitis.This might be the " inflamed bowel" you are referring to. Putting the bowel at rest with clear liquids initially, and antibiotics usually helps. A. Ct scan of the abdomen/pelvis can help make the diagnosis. After you feel better, and the infection resolves, a colonoscopy is indicated to further evaluate the colon. ...Read more
Yes: Not all polyps are pre-canerous, most are. The determination of whether the polyp is precancerous or not usually requires examination by a pathologist and that necessitates removal. There is no good reason to not remove a polyp detected on colonscopy. All most all colon cancers start in polyps, therefore it is necessary to remove polyps to prevent colon cancer. ...Read more
What is a snack I can eat the night before my colonoscopy/gastroscopy? Doc said no solid food, what is ok to eat?
You can drink all the water you want. Some low residue foods like Jello are ok but no solids once you get to within 24 hours of the Colonscopic examination. You can drink tea and some of the sodas up until 12 hours before procedure...after that water only.
Your Gastroenterologist will have a standard instructions which you should obtain from him or his nurse and follow them exactly. After ...Read more
How to tell doctor? I have a colonoscopy coming up but I can't be on clear liquid diet I have to eat food with my meds how to I tell my doctor?
Your doctor: Should know what medications you're taking, and be able to advise you appropriately. Talk with your doctor openly about your plans. If you present to radiology with solids still in your colon, they won't be able to do your study. You and your doctor need to devise an appropriate plan. ...Read more
GI specialist told me to avoid seeds 5 days before my colonoscopy. Does it mean pumpkin, sesame seeds etc or does it include berries etc. Thanks.
All seeds please: ...including cucumbers, seeded bagels... Big or small, seeds are often residual findings in the colon after taking an otherwise adequate prep. Since seeds & other solid food debris may occlude optimal views of the colon lining, & thus may hide small polyps or lesions, please avoid their consumption before your colon exam (or you may be getting an invitation to come back with a better prep!) ...Read more
My stool is always formed but soft with lots of undigested food bits (skins, vegtables, nuts and seeds)normal colonoscopy. Have gerd. Is this normal?
Probably: Our digestive systems cannot break down Cellulose which is the component of vegetable matter, seeds and nuts that you might see in the stool. It has been termed "roughage" or fiber. It is commendable to include nuts and vegetables in your diet. Some patients with diverticular disease of the colon have restrictions on nuts and seeds, but otherwise keep it up! ...Read more
Severe diarrhea for 10+ days. After eating, food goes right through. Can barely eat. Had IVs. Colonoscopy was fine. Any recos for help?
NoFood Usually Works: Only consume clear fluids without any sugar, fats or proteins until no diarrhea 2-3 days. This works & is routinely used in hospitals for all sorts of gastrointestinal problems. Hospitals add nasogastric suction for higher/faster efficacy but then IV fluids are required to maintain hydration. After diarrhea stopped restart small amounts liquid foods. Fasting=healthy, burns fat, though not popular. ...Read more
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