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Doctor insights on: How Soon After A Colonoscopy Can You Eat Regular Meals

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I had a bad pain below my left rib area a couple hours everytime after I eat a meal. I'm scared to take a colonoscopy. What should I do?

I had a bad pain below my left rib area a couple hours everytime after I eat a meal. I'm scared to take a colonoscopy. What should I do?

See your doctor: Eric, this sounds like gastritis, or stomach inflammation. It usually gets worse after you eat. See your doctor. They can prescribe medications. If they feel a scope is needed, don't worry. They aren't nearly as bad as you think they will be. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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My father is about to do a colonoscopy and doctor ask to eat fiberless meals. So what are the vegetables and fruites he can eat? Thank you

My father is about to do a colonoscopy and doctor ask to eat fiberless meals. So what are the vegetables and fruites he can eat?
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Lots of time: when we advise low fiber for prepping for a colonscopy we suggest normally inadvisable white grains: white bread without nuts and seeds, white rice, plain white pasta, soda crackers. In the fruit and vegetable category it is equally unappealing: skinless sweet or white potatoes, ripe bananas, applesauce and small quantities of cantaloupe and honeydew are good choices...just 2-3 days! ...Read more

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Gas / rumbling 2 1/2 days after Ducolax. Ate 2 full meals yesterday after taking Ducloax Sunday night. Colonoscopy 7/16, regular CT 10/16. Norm?

Gas / rumbling 2 1/2 days after Ducolax.  Ate 2 full meals yesterday after taking Ducloax Sunday night.  Colonoscopy 7/16, regular CT 10/16. Norm?

Dulcolax: This increase in intestinal peristalsis may be a somewhat delayed laxative effect of the dulcolax. Your normal colonoscopy in July is reassuring. If you're experiencing frequent and severe upper or midabdominal cramping, abdominal distension,severe constipation or vomiting possibilities include obstructive problems higher up from the colon. Your gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate you ...Read more

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Gallbladddr has been gone 3 yrs. 4mnths ago had bad stress have dirreah every meal Have lost 15lbs. Had a uppr GI & colonoscopy today showed nothing ?

See primary/GI doc: Chronic diarrhea & wgt loss warrants more work up. Rule out lactose intolerance (common), gluten sensitivity or celiac, food allergy, bacterial overgrowth, hyperthyroidism, bile salt diarrhea, pancreatic insufficency, irritable bowel syndrome , etc. Happy to consult but do 2-6wk trial off all milk and milk products, no caffeine or artificial sugars, and increase fiber intake eg psyllium ...Read more

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My wife had a colonoscopy and they found a 3cm sessile polyp in the transverse colon @ 60 cm. The polyp was removed in a piece meal fashion. What does that mean?

My wife had a colonoscopy and they found a 3cm sessile polyp in the transverse colon @ 60 cm. The polyp was removed in a piece meal fashion.  What does that mean?

Morselated or: Piecemeal means not intact -- one likes to see margin, whether the polyp has typical or frank cancer cells in the stalk base. Loop/snare removal may "perforate" bowel integrity but that is preferred. Many times this is reason for open/robotic directed colectomy. Discuss plans for follow up with you GI doc. Ask about pathology report. ...Read more

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For the last three months, I've had bloating after each meal coupled with thinning stool and constipation. I had an endoscopy (normal), colonoscopy (removed 3 pollips), emptying test (normal), and so far one week on Xifaxan for SIBO, no improvement.

For the last three months, I've had bloating after each meal coupled with thinning stool and constipation.  I had an endoscopy (normal), colonoscopy (removed 3 pollips), emptying test (normal), and so far one week on Xifaxan for SIBO, no improvement.

Bloating: Is the emptying study for the stomach or gallbladder? Did you have CT of abdomen? Would check gallbladder and pancreas, discuss use of creon ( pancreatic enzymes), do food diary. Consider elimination diets one week all mild products ,one week all gluten products, one week all soy products. Also consider food allergy testing and nutriion consult. F/u/ w/ doc . ...Read more