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Colon Cleanse Before Colonoscopy

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What advantage does a colon cleanse have over a fleets?
    I 'm going to have a colonoscopy soon. I will have to use fleets to clear my colon before the procedure. I was going to do a colon cleanse to improve the view for the procedure. However, the GNC rep I talked to said he didn't know why people didn't do a fleets every once in a while instead of a colon cleanse.

    • ANSWER:
      Colon cleansing is typically herbal, whereas fleets is tried and true method :-)

  2. QUESTION:
    how long should i take the golytely colon cleanse stuff?
    im drinking the stuff they have you drink before a colonoscopy. im drinking 8oz every 15 mins and have been drinking it for about 3 hours. i just threw up something i had for breakfast this morning. all this time i went to the bathroom twice...is any of this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Read the label again and check with the supplier.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does it take colax to start working?
    I got Aloe Vera Colax - Colon Cleanse Tablets and I was just wondering how long do they start to work because when using these you kinda have to have everything time based dont you?I tried to google it but I cant seem to find it so help please :)
    Who said I was doing it to loose weight?Bit off topic don't you think?
    I havent tried them before but thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      Another one buys the colon needs cleaning stupidity, yes stupiidity. You DO realize that is nothing but an overpriced laxative, right? WORK? Do what? You ever had a colonoscopy because if you had you would realize there is a procedure you perform before to clean the colon and you would find that absent your regular bowel movement there is no 25 lbs of sludge that has built up over time.

      Eat less, exercise more and stop with the cleansing bs BEFORE you wake up 10 years from now and can not have a bowel movement at all because of your over indulging in LAXATIVES to lose weight!

  4. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used the colon cleansers you can get at a health food store? Which is the best one to use?
    Need to cleanse colon, but don't want to use a laxative. Need to know what is the best colon cleanser you can get.

    • ANSWER:
      Why do you need to cleanse your colon? There are several products on the market that claim colon health but since these are over the counter thing no clinical studies have been done. Every manufacturer can "hire" a panel of experts to claim their product as a winner.
      If you suspect something is wrong, go to a doctor and get tested. A colonoscopy procedure is very easy and comfortable. The only discomfort is the laxative that you will have to drink before the procedure but this only for less then a day so you will be able to do it.

  5. QUESTION:
    What do you call the short-term cleanse diets, usually about a week long?
    A lot of celebrities usually go on extreme diets a week before a big event, like actresses before the oscars this week or models before a show. What are these called and what are the most effective ones?
    I'm doing this for a very large event I have to go to in the next week (I just found out today that I'm going). I normally eat very healthy, but I know people who will drastically drop their calorie intake or have some special diet they follow a few days before a big event. I know it's not necessarily "healthy" but consider how well I eat all the time, I don't feel too bad about doing this to my body once. I don't plan on making it a regular thing, or keeping this weight off for good. I'm currently 5'7 and 128ibs, not to bad in my opinion but it'd be nice to cut off just that little bit for this event :)

    • ANSWER:
      I think your premise is wrong and following celebrities is not the way to be fit and healthy. Follow doctors and scientists instead.

      There's a difference between a diet and a "cleanse". They are not the same thing so don't get confused. A diet can hlep you lose fat when done properly. A cleanse can't help you do anything except purge your GI tract as a prep for a colonoscopy or surgical procedure.

      "Detox" is short for detoxification and detoxification is a natural process involving your liver and kidneys and there is nothing you can do to effect it. It is impossible to detoxify a human once the toxin is in the blood with the possible exception of kidney dialysis, kelation therapy, and other expensive medical modalities. Currently "detox" is a faddist word, relatively meaningless, and is used to express that which the users cannot otherwise express because of ignorance of because the expression would be patently false.

      Detox diets, cleanses, and supplements don't work. There is no diet which will cause your body to get rid of toxins, heavy metals, poisonous by-products from smoking, drugs, etc. And cleanses for the purpose of weight loss don't work because they can only eliminate water and small amounts of waste which the body will replace very quickly.

      Check out these reliable references. Listen to experts, not a random bunch of strangers of unknown credibility in this and other forums. Here's what the experts have to say about cleanses.

      Article excerpt: "Colon Cleansing Has No Health Benefit, May Harm"
      Ref: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_114876.html

      Article excerpt: "Although the reports show little evidence of any benefit, many studies reported side effects. These include cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, and kidney failure."
      Ref: http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20110801/colon-cleansing-may-be-risky-study-finds

      Article excerpt: "The main concerns with colon cleansing are that it can: Increase your risk of dehydration, lead to bowel, perforations, increase the risk of infection, cause a rise in your electrolytes, which can be dangerous if you have kidney disease or heart disease."
      Ref: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cleansing/AN00065

      Article excerpt: "fasting has many negative side effects, including all the symptoms that go along with malnutrition: insomnia, cravings, nausea, depressed mood, hair loss... the list goes on."
      Ref: http://maddieruud.hubpages.com/hub/Master-Cleanse-Lemonade-Diet

      Article excerpt:"Colon cleansing is a dubious and almost always useless procedure"
      Ref: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/colon-cleanses-a-load-of-you-know-what/

      Article excerpt: "The human body can defend itself very
      well against most environmental insults and the effects of occasional indulgence. If you ’re generally healthy, stick to giving your body what it needs to maintain its own detox system— a healthful diet, adequate fluid intake, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and all recommended medical check-ups. Don’ waste your money...follow a healthy, balanced lifestyle instead."
      Ref: http://www.lee-county.com/gov/dept/HumanResources/Wellness_Newsletters/Aug%2008.pdf

      Article excerpt: "A day on a detox diet program probably won't hurt you, but there's little point in following these restrictive diets - and they can do far more harm than good, says Michelle May, MD,"
      Ref: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=64306

      Article excerpt: "Detox diets are a waste of time and money, say scientists"
      Ref: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article784402.ece

      Your body cleanses itself naturally. And cleanses, purges, emetics, enemas, alternative and homeopathic colon cleanses etc. cannot remove fat from your body or make your body lose fat and/or toxins. If fat is your problem, you're eventually going to realize that nothing works except a proper diet for life or surgery. The best diet for all normal adults hasn't changed. It is still a varied, balanced, nutritious, and properly apportioned diet of high quality foods.

      Detoxification is a fad and a fantasy only. If you have reason to believe you're toxic, consult with your doctor. Don't waste your time paying attention to advertising hype, naturopathic gurus, homeopathic charlatans, etc. The road to good health is paved with science. If you or someone you love gets deathly ill, you will take them to a place where medical science is practiced. So, where is the sense in abandoning medical science in favor of baseless and unscientific methods of quacks and charlatans.

      Good luck and good health!!

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I immediately begin to Clean my Colon of Toxic Waste?
    I'm not trying to goof around here but I was on a McDonalds diet (4 visits a week) for about a year straight. I am sure there is toxic waste in my system and I want to know ways i can cleanse my system as soon as possible like maybe drinking water? or eating many fruits and vegetables? maybe even a dietary supplement? please answer with any advice...thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to any drug store and buy an inexpensive bottle of magnesium citrate. That's what they give you to clean out before a colonoscopy. It's very gentle, but allow yourself a few hours to hang around the house. It'll clean you out.
      If you have any questions, ask the pharmacist. Do not put it in the fridge. I think it tastes OK. You can add a little ice if you want.
      Back to healthy food for you! :)

  7. QUESTION:
    Have you done a colon and intestine cleanse before?
    How do I do one and what is it like? Do you feel any different?
    What is the name of the product doctors give patients before they have a colonoscopy that flushes everything out?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a colonoscopy and everything was cleaned out. I felt no difference what so ever. I had no more energy after the colonoscopy than before. There are over the counter products you can use at the pharmacy that will clean you out. Just ask the pharmacist he/she can recommend the products you need.

  8. QUESTION:
    difference between colon cleanse and colonoscopy?
    before you take a colonscopy, you drank some liquid. Does this liquid do the same as having a colon cleanse?

    • ANSWER:
      To perform a colonoscopy, we need to clean the colon out to see all the areas so we can remove polyps so they don’t grow into colon cancer. This is actually a “colon cleanse” but very aggressive to have the whole colon perfectly clean. A colon cleanse is usually a purgative laxative that will make you have multiple bowel movements but not as thorough as the cleanse for a colonoscopy.

      Hope this helps!

      Kenneth Brown, M.D. - gastroenterologist Plano,TX

  9. QUESTION:
    what happens if you eat peanuts 2 days before a colonoscopy?
    I am having a colonoscopy Monday morning. It is now Friday afternoon, and I forgot all about it and ate M&M's with peanuts. My dr. had sent me a list of foods to avoid and nuts was one of them 5 days before? Does anyone know if this is really bad, should I cancel? or will it be ok to go ahead? The first one I was scheduled for a week ago, didn't happen because the prep didn't work right,so he gave me a stronger one. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You can call your doc's office if you want to make sure but I doubt it will interfere with the procedure. I've had 3 colonoscopies because I have colon cancer in the family and none of my preps required any special dietary restrictions up to the two day cleansing process.

      I do mine without sedatives so I can watch and answer questions. However, you may want to advise your doctor about the peanuts before he begins the procedure if you have sed's IV so he'll know what to expect. They are going to do anything but maybe slow him down a bit anyway.

      Good luck and good health!!

  10. QUESTION:
    Are those colon cleanse photos for real?
    I recently had a colonoscopy. I was very well cleaned out before the procedure, and I never saw any of the ropy lumpy things they show photos of. And the doctor would not have been able to do the procedure if those ropy things were in the way.

    So does this mean I never had the ropy things, or the prep got rid of them?

    Or does it mean that those ads are totally fake?

    • ANSWER:
      those things do come out when you do a colon cleanse, what isn't soo clear though is whether those things are in you to begin with or whether the colon cleanse products are the cause of them, which seems likely

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it ok for anyone to use a colon cleanser?
    I don't need to lose weight or anything, but I don't exactly eat healthy, and I saw on the news, that the colon cleanser is good for not just men, but also women, and that it cleans gunk out and helps prevent colon cancer. Is it only for people trying to avoid colon cancer or who want to lose weight, or can someone who wants to be healthy use it. I just don't want to take anything that will hurt me if I don't need it.

    • ANSWER:
      I personally don't believe that these cleaners remove "gunk" from your colon and I'll tell you why. I have had a colonoscopy (where doctors run a camera on a tube through your colon looking for tumors or polyps).To prepare for that you are given a cleansing with laxatives and enemas and put on a restricted diet for a couple of days before. If there is a lot of gunk left over, the doctors would not be able to see the wall of the colon to detect these tumors or polyps. For years people survived without the colon cleansers and were perfectly healthy. A lot of our health problems stem from processed foods and lack of exercise.

  12. QUESTION:
    What types of food can I eat 2 days before the Colonoscopy?
    I really need to know if I am allowed to have misso soup...
    I am going to have a colonoscopy on tuesday and I stopped having any solid foods by today....
    what else can I eat other than jello, clear juice and Popsicle?

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      The colon must be thoroughly cleansed before performing colonoscopy. Consequently, for two or more days before the procedure, considerable preparation is necessary to clear the colon of all stool. The patient is asked to refrain from eating any solid food for 24–48 hours before the test. Only clear liquid such as juices, broth, and gelatin are allowed. Red or purple juices should be avoided, since they can cause coloring of the colon that may be misinterpreted during the colonoscopy. The patient is advised to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. A day or two before the colonoscopy, the patient is prescribed liquid, tablet, and/or suppository laxatives by the physician. In addition, commercial enemas may be prescribed. The patient is given specific instructions on how and when to use the laxatives and/or enemas.

      On the morning of the colonoscopy, the patient is not to eat or drink anything. Unless otherwise instructed by the physician, the patient should continue to take all current medications. However, vitamins with iron, iron supplements, or iron preparations should be discontinued for a few weeks prior to the colonoscopy because iron residue in the colon can inhibit viewing during the procedure. These preparatory procedures are extremely important to ensure a thoroughly clean colon for examination.

  13. QUESTION:
    why no red liquids before a colonoscopy?
    Why can't you have any red or purple dyed liquids/gelatins before a colonoscopy?

    • ANSWER:
      Because a colonsocopy looks for blood, etc - and they don't want the red / purple color remaining in your colon - even though you have to do a thorough cleansing anyway.

  14. QUESTION:
    why are patients given a salt solution before a bowel operation? how does it help?
    i know that faeces need to be liquidy but why? and how are the watery faeces produced?

    • ANSWER:
      They aren't given a salt solution. Most are given "Klean Prep."

      Each sachet of this medicine contains macrogol (polyethlene glycol '3350'), which is a type of medicine known as an osmotic laxative. Each sachet also contains sodium sulphate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride and potassium chloride. The contents of the sachets are mixed with water to make a drink that is used to cleanse the bowel prior to examinations or surgery that require the bowel to be empty.

      Macrogol is an inert substance that passes through the gut without being absorbed into the body. It works because it causes the water it is taken with to be retained in the bowel instead of being absorbed into the body. This increases the water content and volume of the stools in the bowel, making them softer and easier to pass.

      The sodium sulphate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride and potassium chloride (electrolytes) are included in this medicine to help ensure that the laxative works without causing the body to gain or lose significant amounts of sodium, potassium or water.

      This medicine is used to cleanse the bowel prior to examination or surgical procedures that require the colon to be clean of stools, eg colonoscopy, barium enema or colonic resection. It is not used to treat constipation.

  15. QUESTION:
    what is the safest way to clean the colons and the intestinal walls and what to use?

    • ANSWER:
      There is absolutely no medical indication to do this. The only time you need to empty your colon is if you are due to have surgery on the stomach or before a colonoscopy. Your body is perfectly capable of cleaning your intestine wall and colon.

      Try and include plenty of fibre on your diet and keep hydrated. Colon cleanses have no scientific basis and are basically an AltMed sales gimmick.

  16. QUESTION:
    My coworker doug has to have a colonospy soon. hes nervous about having it done. How can i help him relax 4it?
    I have had the procedure done, and i was nervous to. I tried to explain to him theres nothing to be scared of.

    He says he feel really vunerable being in that particular situation.

    hes afraid someone might take advantage of him.

    I tried to tell him there professionals and nothing to worry about.

    What eklse can i say to comfort him?

    • ANSWER:
      Well first you can take a spelling course.
      Colonoscopy;
      For the colonoscopy procedure to be accurate, your colon must be well prepared. It must be clear of stool and fluids that obscure the view of the colon and rectal lining.

      What you do the day before the exam directly affects how well your colon can be examined. To prepare your colon, you'll likely be asked to do the following during the 24 hours before the exam:

      Stop taking iron pills or medications containing iron, as iron can alter the color of your colon lining.

      Take laxatives and sometimes enemas prescribed by your doctor.
      Avoid eating solid foods and opaque liquids.
      Drink only clear, nonalcoholic liquids such as black coffee, tea, water, or clear broth and juices. Eat only soft foods such as Jell-O — but not red Jell-O.
      Avoid liquids that are red in color, as they can look red in the colon and be confused with blood.
      Take a five-minute walk every 10 minutes during the time you're drinking the laxative, but stay near a toilet.
      During this preparation time, you may have a frequent and urgent need to use the toilet, due to the laxatives.

      On exam day you may be asked to fast. In some cases your diet is again restricted to clear, nonalcoholic liquids up to four to six hours before the exam. At this point you stop ingesting anything, including any medications, until after the procedure.

      If you have diabetes or take blood thinners, including aspirin or other pain relievers, your preparation for colonoscopy may be slightly different. Remind your doctor of either of these factors at least seven days ahead of the test, to see if you need additional instructions.

      In rare instances phosphate-based colon-cleansing solutions have caused kidney damage in certain groups of people. These groups include healthy older adults, those taking medication for hypertension, arteriosclerosis or heart disease, and those with chronic kidney disease. You may be given a different type of laxative solution if you fit in one of these categories.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the best product to use for colon cleansing?

    • ANSWER:
      high fiber diet, water
      the whole colon cleansing thing is a farce.....
      it is a scam..
      talk to your physician before doing this
      we have had people coming in totally incrediably ill from doing this, heart problems from potassium depletion, dehydration..esp now that it is summer,,, the products dehydrate you while you get the runs...it is not healthy..the only time it is advocated is before a colonoscopy...and then you are given a prescribed product that has some electrolytes

  18. QUESTION:
    Will a Colonoscopy remove impacted fecal matter?
    For years, I haven't really been able to "go" and finally I went to the doctor. I did a sitzmarker test, and he is leaning towards IBS. He would like to do a colonoscopy before he gives me a diagnosis. So, will this colonoscopy remove any impacted fecal matter? He already prescribed Golytely, just to help me "go", but I wonder about the impacted stuff. Or is that just a myth?

    • ANSWER:
      That fecal matter 'builds up' in your colon is a myth, one that's frequently used to sell all the manner of laxatives and body 'cleanses' to clear out all this supposedly built up feces or 'mucoid plaques'. This plays off the inherent revulsion most people would feel at the thought of this material built up within them.

      I would not significantly worry that you have a major impaction in your intestines. But what you really should do is direct these questions to your doctor, or the doctor who is performing a colonoscopy. There are doctors who specialize in the human GI system, and will be able to explain exactly what is going on.

  19. QUESTION:
    What works better for gallbladder pain- ice or heat- heat doesn't work well?
    My doctor and I thought it was a urine infection but now I think it's my gallbladder because I feel the annoying discomfort

    At first I thought it was my reflux because my reflux can cause bloating etc...
    and then I felt a sensation to pee after I did so I thought it was a urine infection.
    My dr ruled out that it was reflux but something aggrivating my reflux so I have to have my urine tested today.

    But when I roll in bed it feels like my gallbladder is going to roll right out (i wish!!!)

    and I see that gallbladder problems can cause these symptoms. I am waiting for my dr to call back so we can discuss this.

    But on to my question I have been using a heating pad but it doesn't seem to be doing the trick. would ice be better?

    • ANSWER:
      Why not try a colon cleanse that also cleans out the gallbladder liver etc...

      Try the "drink" and "meds" GI drs have you take before a colonoscopy. it does clean out everything

      meralax, ducolax and lots of gatorade or some drink because you will lose lots of fluids and do not want to dehydrate. the pain will subside when you clean out the gallbladder

      edit: sorry forgot to add that ice or heat depends on the individual and since the heat isn't working use the ice

  20. QUESTION:
    I am looking for a good way to detox my body. Can any one give me any recommendations?
    There are lots of items out there that cleanse the colon, but what works best?

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of water - or get the stuff they give you before a colonoscopy - that works really really well.

      Phospho-soda is a powder that is available over the counter either by itself or as part of a kit that also includes a laxative and an enema or suppository. The physician performing the colonoscopy will give instructions on which type of kit to purchase.

      Three ounces of the Phospho-soda liquid is mixed with water, or if the physician allows, other clear liquids such as ginger ale. After drinking the Phospho-soda mixture, most patients are instructed to drink at least 3 glasses of another clear liquids. If part of a kit, the rest of the kit (laxative, enema, or suppository) will then be used according to doctor's instructions.

      This preparation usually results in a bowel movement anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours after it is taken. Phospho-soda is also available in flavors to make it more palatable.

  21. QUESTION:
    Other than being "natural" what is different from lots of prune juice and fiber than the colon cleanser?
    Or for that matter the stuff the pharmacist gives you before a colonoscopy?

    • ANSWER:
      About ?

      Seriously, most colon cleanse products contain a lot more than prune juice and fiber - which does not necessarily mean they are better or even a good idea. Some may be pretty harsh and others may cause you to become dependent upon their laxative effect. Too many of them are way overpriced. I do think it is healthy to do a fairly gently cleanse periodically (maybe two or three times a year), but what I use as a so-called colon cleanse contains some pretty healthy and relatively gentle items that most people familiar with natural health would tell you are beneficial (Aloe Vera inner fillet concentrate, Acidophilus Blend, Bentonite Clay, Cellulose (Nopal Cactus Fiber), Psylium Seed Husk, Senna Leaf Powder, Oat Bran Powder, Citrus Pectin, Barley Grass Powder, Fructollgosaccharides (FOS), Golden Seal Powder, Slippery Elm Bark Powder, Prune Concentrate).

      What I use only costs about for 240 capsules (a one month supply at the full dosage of 8 capsules a day - but I only take half that many for about a week and rely on periodic daily fasts of nothing but watermelon or dark grapes (seeds and all) to keep me cleaned out. I'm not trying to sell you on anything and won't even name the product I use, but I will say that is more than I would be willing to spend and I would be leary of becoming dependent upon any product for a normal body function.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is cleaning my colon worth it?
    what are the pros and cons? is it worth it? will it really help my digestive system? will it really reduce belly mass? how high is the risk for certain diseases? what is the best way to do it? is it the same thing they do before a colonoscopy? are there any bad side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's quack nonsense, and it is dangerous.

      It has nothing to do with your digestion, or belly mass, and no it is not done before a colonoscopy.

      From Wiki:
      "No scientific evidence supports the alleged benefits of colon cleansing. The bowel itself is not dirty and barring drugs or disease, cleans itself naturally without need for assistance. Some types of colon cleansing present potential hazards; the equipment used during colon cleansing has caused damage to the rectum in a small number of individuals, and caused amoebiasis when improperly sterilized. Certain enema preparations have been associated with heart attacks and electrolyte imbalances. Frequent colon cleansing may interfere with the proper functioning of the colon and can lead to dependence on laxatives or enemas to defecate. Some herbs used may also interact with or reduce the effectiveness of prescription drugs."

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colon_cleansing

      EDIT: more links -
      "Colon Cleansing: Money Down the Toilet"
      http://www.livescience.com/health/060808_bad_colon.html

      "Gastrointestinal Quackery"
      http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/gastro.html

      "detoxification therapies"
      http://www.skepdic.com/detox.html

      "Beware of colon cleansing claims"
      http://www.latimes.com/features/health/medicine/la-he-toxic30-2008jun30,0,4875078.column

      "Natural Colon Cleansing: Is It Necessary?"
      http://www.webmd.com/balance/natural-colon-cleansing-is-it-necessary?page=2

  23. QUESTION:
    Does it hurt to get a scope done to look at your stomach?
    i had a doctor tell a few times to get one done but i won't. i'm going to a specialist in september to talk about what what my options are and i'm sure a scope is going to come up so i want to know how it feels to get it done. a doctor isn't going to tell me the truth.
    does it hurt? basically, how does it feel and what do they do?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you are talking about an upper EGD. I have had it done and there was no pain. had both the upper EGD and lower colonoscopy at one time. When I went in it was an outpatient basis. You can not eat or drink after a certain time and I had to drink go lightly to cleanse my colon. When you enter the hospital the nurse takes your vital signs after you are in bed. Someone will start an IV. They will tell you everything so it is not scarry. In a few minutes they will push your bed into another room where you will see your doctor and probably 2 nurses. They will spray your throat and tell you that you are going to relax and then you wake up in your room. I felt like I had the best rest in the world. The doctor came in after I woke up told me and my husband that everything looked good, they did one biopsy which came back negative. You won't get the result from any biopsy's that day. Relax and get a good sleep. The worst part if your also getting the colonoscopy is the going to the bathroom the night before and you get a little nauseated from the go lightly. Give you a hint use a little vaseline after each visit to the bathroom it will keep you from getting sore. wayfarer

  24. QUESTION:
    How long does a colonoscopy operation take?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not an operation. It's a little camera that allows the doctor to exam the entire length of the colon. If during the procedure he spots a polyp he will remove it for further study.

      The entire process is about 30 minutes or less. You are given a sedative to totally relax you and if you feel anything at all they turn it up so you won't remember anything. It is the preparation the day before that takes the longest time. You need to completely cleanse the bowel and be on a clear liquid diet. It's okay at first but gets tougher to ignore those hunger pangs. If you are going to have this done, try to schedule it for the morning. You'll be done by noon and can start eating immediately. Than if you're tired you can take a nap in the afternoon.

      It's not that bad. Just time consuming. Plus, if you're really lucky the doctor will give you a couple pictures of the inside of your colon to show off.

  25. QUESTION:
    How Can I get Colon Cleansing tips and guide ?

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor gives those things to you before your colonoscopy.
      If you are not having a colonoscopy you do not need to cleanse your colon.

  26. QUESTION:
    Why do I have a big stomach now?
    I've been skinny prettymuch all my life, and I wasn't the right weight for my age so my mum told me to try to eat lots and stuff, so I did and i gained a few kilos and now I have a kind of bigger stomach than i used to have,and I do sport twice a week. How can I help get rid of it, without losing too much weight?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of what we eat gets caught in side and build up one of the sign of this is a bloating stomach. Check this out

      Are You Clean Inside?
      How to beat constipation, IBS, bloating, stomach pain and skin problems while gaining more energy and a flatter stomach
      at the same time
      by Heather Johnstone, Ph.D., R.N., A.P.N., Director and Chief Academic Officer
      of the Global College of Natural Medicine

      The people in the pictures above, as well as thousands of others whose stories you'll find on DrNatura.com, once suffered from constipation, IBS, severe gas and bloating, weight gain, chronic fatigue, acid reflux, parasites, stomach pain, diverticulitis, skin and hair problems and many other common ailments. They put an end to their suffering by becoming clean inside. I'm Dr. Johnstone and as you read every word of this article, I will tell you how they did it - and how you can do it too. If you've been struggling with these problems for some time, chances are you've tried everything to make the pain go away. You've tried laxatives and other OTC and prescription drugs, commercial fiber supplements, maybe even colonoscopy or surgeries. All to no avail as you're still suffering. Why? Because the root cause of the problem was never eliminated.

      The Root Cause and The Dirtiest Secret
      So what is the root cause of most digestive ailments? Look at the picture below. How would you feel if long pieces of old toxin-filled fecal matter were stuck to the inside of your colon for months or even years? Would you feel constipated, bloated and lethargic? Would your bowels be irritated by this debris day in and day out causing what we call IBS? Just think about what else toxic build-up like this can cause? Stomach pain and constipation? Fatigue, gas and bloating? Headaches and indigestion? Weight gain and a large protruding belly? The list is almost endless.

      "Death Begins In The Colon"

      You probably never heard about this before as this is literally the dirtiest secret in America today. As the Vegetarian Times so aptly wrote:

      "Of all the polite topics of conversation, the state of one's intestines is probably at the bottom of most people's lists. Let's face it: Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, gas, diverticulitis and colon cancer are simply not things we like to discuss. And yet, as the old expression goes, death begins in the colon. Don't believe it? Ask any coroner. Autopsies often reveal colons that are plugged up to 80 percent with waste material." - Vegetarian Times, March, 1998

      Look in your health store or go on line to find what you need.
      I have a young friend and she always look 6 months PG. She told me about her other problem which you have not.
      Chance are you have not elimated all your waste in your body. One way to be sure is to use a colon cleanse.
      This can only give you positive results.
      Nice complection flat tummy more energy and freeing your body of toxin and parsites.
      so it will not be a wate of time.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there anything I can do, doctors I can see, for very painful colon problems even if I am 34 weeks pregnant?
    I don't know what to do anymore...I have had very bad colon, digestive issues since I was about 13. In the past few years they have become far worse. I am 26 now, and pregnant with my second child. Even before I got pregnant with this one, I got and continue to get episodes of non-stop going, and also horrible urgency. Sometimes when i feel I have have to go very badly, I can't, nothing happens when I try to go. Some days I go all long, and the pain, and pressure is just too much. I get blood just about all of the time in my stools. These episodes usually last an entire day, sometimes 2 leaving me feeling weak, tired, dizzy, lethargic, and in horrible pain. I can not eat, or hardly drink anything when going through this. I cry all day, and just want to die... It's truly that bad. I am not myself at all when I am going through it. I feel like just staying in al the time, because I am afraid I will have a flare up. I stay home all of the time because it's the most comfortable place to be when I get bad episodes. It is exhausting, and worse than giving birth. I have to strain so much to go sometimes, and the stool gets softer, and watery the more I go, full of mucus and blood. My colon hurts so bad it is debilitating to the point that I can't get up off the couch and take care of my 17 month old properly...It is hurting me and my husbands emotional, and physical life together. He is very patient and understanding, but you can only take so much. In between the horrid episodes I am very constipated and I can't go until the next flare up where I am bed, and toilet ridden the rest of the day. I have to take 3 to 4 baths or showers during those bad days because the warm water sometimes helps the pain. I have tried otc anti-diarrhea medicine, pain killers for the pain, sitz baths, hemorrhoid creams, drinking lots of water, NOTHING is working. As the years and months go by it gets worse and worse. I have seen normal family drs. for it in the past but they always say the same crap... take fiber, drink water, excercise, stool softeners, miralax, probiotics, eat healthy, etc and so on. I have tried everything under the sun... nothing is working. And when I tell the drs. this, they just don't listen. I seriously want to just end it all sometimes... I am in so much pain. I have 5 more weeks until the baby's due date...Is there anything at all I can do while I am still pregnant? Will doctors do anything if I am this far along?? I know I should of taken care of this earlier, I just keep thinking it will go away, but it never does... Will they give me a colonoscopy this far along in pregnancy? Any help would be greatly appreciated...

    • ANSWER:
      You could see a gastroenterologist. They deal specifically with stomach and intestinal problems. They may send you for a colonoscopy, to look for the issue. Generally, eat less animal products, like meat, fish, eggs, dairy and switch to eating more plants, and lentils. This should help. Also take probiotics, and prebiotics. You can also go for colon cleanses, where they clean out your bowels with water. If you do that, make sure that you take lots of probiotics, to replenish good bacteria. Plant based ones work much better. Try cutting out gluten and see if that helps. You could maybe have celiac disease which stops you from being able to digest gluten.

  28. QUESTION:
    how does colon cleansing work?
    really?? how does it work? what comes out and how does it come out?? has anyone tried it? whats your experience?

    • ANSWER:
      I got some really exceptional colon cleanser from the Pharmacy just before my colonoscopy.

      This stuff cleans you out like a live Bazooka Round. Twenty minutes after you take it you get this rather urgent need to pass a really good phart. DON'T. Head straight for the can where you have already stockpiled your reading material. You are going to be there for a while.

      No one can properly prepare you for what happens next. Your bowels literally explode into action. It's a combination of solid stool and diarhea and it goes for about half an hour steady. During this time you are drinking an electrolite they give you to prevent dehydration. (Yes; it's that drastic). You are done when you start to pass clear fluid out your anus. And it comes out like pee. Now comes the fun part. Trying to convince someone to clean up the mess you have made.

      Don't get too anal (pun) about the cleanup because the morning after (just before the procedure) they want you to do it all over again. This time it's different. Basically you pee out your anus for half an hour but I can assure you that you colon is clean.

      ARE YOU REALLY SURE YOU NEED CLEANING OUT THAT BADLY?

  29. QUESTION:
    Does a colonic cleanse really work and what benefits have you experienced? Please recommend products :)?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I thought about doing this and being a nurse changed my mind since who knows what is really in one of those that is advertised. Are you having colon problems? If you are then see your Dr and let them check you out. I let mine go and am paying the price now and am having test after test done on my colon. They found a problem but nothing that medications could not help so ask your Dr before trying anything sold as an advertisment.There is a reason it is an advertisment. Check with your Dr just to be safe. If you want to cleanse your colon out you can do what they have you do before a colonoscopy and that is miralax 17oz crystals diluted in gatorade or sprite. Take half of 17oz and mix with 32oz gatorade in morning then in the evening mix the rest the same way and drink up. You also take 4 Dulcolax tabs. Make sure to do this only when you do not have to be anywhere the next day. or that day as you will be going to the bathroom quite often. This is the instructions for cleansing out a colon for tests so it is the only one i would recommend and only then if you are constipated most of the time otherwise why do this to yourself. This also depends on your age, symptoms and exactly what you want to accomplish. Are you seeing the ones that say your body has parasites in the colon? Ask your Dr as i did and i am very happy that i did so i was not tempted any longer to buy from an untrusted ad. Good luck and think twice before buying something from an ad.

  30. QUESTION:
    I pass blood more and more often at the toilet, at times only blood. Is this linked to my enlarged prostate?
    I am 57 and for 3 years have been told my prostate is slightly enlarged but annual PS checks have given good results. For a year or so I had occasional rectal bleeding and a lot of heartburn. Because I was worried, last year I had a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy; two small polyps were removed and I was put on a pill for oesophagitis for two months but all was otherwise fine. The pill cured the heartburn, which I now have only occasionally and mildly. I'm in good health normally but recently had a short bout of diarrhoea presumably from food poisoning and with this was a lot of rectal bleeding. Since the diarrhoea stopped I've had more bleeding than before. I haven't had a regular doctor since my last doctor died so I can't easily get a check up. I am a highly stressed person, if that is relevant.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Deni

      You need to do a colon cleanse and clean out the toxins out of the body or it could get worse and find yourself with a disease. I recommend this website's colon cleansing plan (healmarketplace.com).
      Also, go to curezone.com and find people like yourself with similar issue. You can heal yourself, but you need to educated on nutrition and cleansing.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  31. QUESTION:
    Anyone going through a colonoscopy prep today?
    Im going through it right now...havent gone to the bathroom yet but I can feel it coming...oooh. I drank this magnesium citrate drink and it was HORRIBLE! Next step in a few hours I have to drink the Cylyte drink! Its a gallon God have mercy on me!

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve been with my mother while she has gone through colon cleansing about 4 times this past year. It will start happening fast. Put drinks in the fridge, They are better cold. Stay near or on the toilet because it can take hours to clear the colon. It is not fun and it’s the worse part of the colonoscopy. Wear a towel rather than go 5 pairs of pants. Make sure you follow the directions, some people don’t and end up having to return the following day.
      If you find yourself sore, zinc cream works to protect the tissue. If you find the colonoscopy even slightly painful - ask for more drugs before they go further.
      Good luck, it isn’t fun.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can i put sugar in my tea the day before my colonoscopy?
    The letter from the hospital says NO solid foods the day before BUT i can drink tea! does that mean i can put sugar in it? It does not say whether i can or not!
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The sugar is not an issue as you can also drink clear soft drinks. Lemonade and fruit juices with pulp are a no no. Jell-O is fair game but stay away from anything that is red or purple as it will cause some false readings in the color of the colon (looks like blood). Some of the gatorade type products are good as they replenish electrolytes removed through the bowel cleansing. If they're prep preference is GoLytely or CoLytely or any of the Polyethylene Glycol products realize you are going to be wanting to vomit before you are finished. Ask for an alternative prep as there are other choices that work as well.

  33. QUESTION:
    blood in stool could it be cancer?
    im a 24 year old female, recently i've been having a little blood in my stool.i had an endoscopy 2 weeks ago , and my doctor diagnose me with gastritis , and a hatial hernia , and i've been having abdominal pain . my doctor set me up for a colonoscopy for november 10, 2009. could it be colon cancer? im very scared , and what is the procedure of an colonoscopy?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have a peptic ulcer.

      A blood test would tell the doctor if cancer is a possibility.

      a colonoscopy is not as unpleasant as it sounds. You will start off drinking about a gallon of a liquid medication that will cleanse your colon, for a day or two before the procedure. The procedure involves inserting a small tube into your colon, that has a camera on it for the doctor to record visually, the interior of your colon. You'll be anesthetized and, in some cases, a drug will be administered that will cause you to lose all memory of the physical experience of the procedure.

      Nothing to worry about.

  34. QUESTION:
    Anybody done a cleansing before?
    so im thinking on doing a two day cleansing . I just want to know peoples experience with this and how they felt and the benefits of this. Also do you lose any weight while doing this? THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      The cleansing I did twice was a prep for a colonoscopy. The cleanse you're thinking of is a complete and utter waste of time. You won't lose any fat and the weight you do lose (water & waste) will be quickly replaced after the cleanse.

      "Detox" is short for detoxification and detoxification is a natural process involving your liver and kidneys and there is nothing you can do to effect it. It is impossible to detoxify a human once the toxin is in the blood with the possible exception of kidney dialysis, kelation therapy, and other expensive medical modalities. Currently "detox" is a faddist word, relatively meaningless, and is used to express that which the users cannot otherwise express because of ignorance or because the expression would be patently false.

      Detox diets, cleanses, and supplements don't work. There is no diet which will cause your body to get rid of toxins, heavy metals, poisonous by-products from smoking, drugs, etc. And cleanses for the purpose of weight loss don't work because they can only eliminate water and small amounts of waste which the body will replace very quickly.

      Check out these reliable references. Listen to experts, not a random bunch of strangers of unknown credibility in this and other forums. Here's what the experts have to say about cleanses.

      Article excerpt: "Colon Cleansing Has No Health Benefit, May Harm"
      Ref: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_114876.html

      Article excerpt: "Although the reports show little evidence of any benefit, many studies reported side effects. These include cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, and kidney failure."
      Ref: http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20110801/colon-cleansing-may-be-risky-study-finds

      Article excerpt: "The main concerns with colon cleansing are that it can: Increase your risk of dehydration, lead to bowel, perforations, increase the risk of infection, cause a rise in your electrolytes, which can be dangerous if you have kidney disease or heart disease."
      Ref: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cleansing/AN00065

      Article excerpt: "fasting has many negative side effects, including all the symptoms that go along with malnutrition: insomnia, cravings, nausea, depressed mood, hair loss... the list goes on."
      Ref: http://maddieruud.hubpages.com/hub/Master-Cleanse-Lemonade-Diet

      Article excerpt:"Colon cleansing is a dubious and almost always useless procedure"
      Ref: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/colon-cleanses-a-load-of-you-know-what/

      Article excerpt: "The human body can defend itself very
      well against most environmental insults and the effects of occasional indulgence. If you ’re generally healthy, stick to giving your body what it needs to maintain its own detox system— a healthful diet, adequate fluid intake, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and all recommended medical check-ups. Don’ waste your money...follow a healthy, balanced lifestyle instead."
      Ref: http://www.lee-county.com/gov/dept/HumanResources/Wellness_Newsletters/Aug%2008.pdf

      Article excerpt: "A day on a detox diet program probably won't hurt you, but there's little point in following these restrictive diets - and they can do far more harm than good, says Michelle May, MD,"
      Ref: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=64306

      Article excerpt: "Detox diets are a waste of time and money, say scientists"
      Ref: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article784402.ece

      Your body cleanses itself naturally. And cleanses, purges, emetics, enemas, alternative and homeopathic colon cleanses etc. cannot remove fat from your body or make your body lose fat and/or toxins. If fat is your problem, you're eventually going to realize that nothing works except a proper diet for life or surgery. The best diet for all normal adults hasn't changed. It is still a varied, balanced, nutritious, and properly apportioned diet of high quality foods.

      Detoxification is a fad and a fantasy only. If you have reason to believe you're toxic, consult with your doctor. Don't waste your time paying attention to advertising hype, naturopathic gurus, homeopathic charlatans, etc. The road to good health is paved with science. If you or someone you love gets deathly ill, you will take them to a place where medical science is practiced. So, where is the sense in abandoning medical science in favor of baseless and unscientific methods of quacks and charlatans.

      Good luck and good health!!

  35. QUESTION:
    can you answer my question about my bowel health?
    Sorry if tmi but I have in the past couple months have had irregular bowel movements. I have been diagnosed with diverticulosis, (diagnosed by a PET scan,had a colonoscopy 2 years ago and it didn't show up then) Hashimotos (which has constipation as a side effect) and I suspect I have irritable bowel. Up until quite recently I had no problems, went fairly regularly and normally, but now it varies from severe constipation (longest was 6 days with absolutely no desire to go, or pass gas, went to the e.r. they gave me a nasty drink and went) to short periods of diahrea (that doesnt happen as often) but my baseline is having small bowel movements and horrible cramping where I feel like I am not going as much as I should. I have used laxatives and stool softeners with mixed results. Sorry for the long preface but wanted to explain what was going on. My question is I know that most laxatives can make you dependent on them if on for a long period of time (as in can't have normal bms without them) and while my diet has some fiber, probably not enough. I have been doing the activia thing every morning for the past month and it doesn't seem to be helping. I had a colonoscopy 2 years ago and am waiting on a referral to see if there are any new problems. I'm looking for products that would be good for me to use long term without harmful side effects or cramping, like a fiber suppliment, and if doing all out colon cleansing like the magnesium citrate they give before surgeries might be a good idea. I have tried gas-ex and many other things to stop the cramps but idk if it is even gas, which is why I think I have IBS. All my dr could say is that I was already on antidepressants and the only other thing for that if I had it was to reduce stress so anyway I'm just looking for solutions so I am not in so much discomfort. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      When you describe your bowel movements as "small", that would suggest to me that a fiber supplement may help to add bulk. Since you suffer from cramping (possibly caused by gas), I'd suggest one like Citrucel instead of a psyllium-based fiber which can cause gas.
      With regard to using a laxative that is not habit forming when you do have constipation, I will tell you what my gastro told me....Use glycerin suppositories. They are frequently used for bowel retraining because they are NOT habit forming.
      As one who also suffers from chronic constipation, I can empathize with your situation. I wish you luck and hope you find relief soon.

  36. QUESTION:
    Colon cleansing and stuff like it?
    Does colon cleansing really help lose weight?
    Can you make your own cleansing recipe?
    Does a colonoscopy make u lose weight(With the stuff u drink before having it)
    Any tips on how to lose weight quicker?

    Thanx :)

    • ANSWER:
      Every morning when you feel that hunger sick pain, drink a shot of vinegar. Trust me. It burns fat. Only do once a day!!

  37. QUESTION:
    what can i eat before a colonoscopy?
    ok so i have colonoscopy this friday oct. 16, and i was wondering what i can and cannot eat. because i have to start a certain diet tomorrow

    • ANSWER:
      Two days before the exam you will start a LOW FIBER DIET. This helps to lessen the amount of stool and residue in the bowel, so the examination will be successful.

      The entire day before your colonoscopy you will be on a Clear Liquid Diet (see below). This is to ensure complete colon cleansing. Avoid red jello and popsicles as the coloring may come through in your stool and be mistaken for blood.

      Avoid all dairy products, vegetables, fruits (you may have fruit juice without pulp, no orange juice), breads and grains, meats, and fats and oils. You may have Jello, fruit ice, popsicles without pulp (no red colors), clear hard candy, coffee or tea (no cream, you may have sugar) soft drinks, water, gatorade, clear fruit juices, bouillon soup, and chicken or beef broth.

      They may have you ingest a laxative as well, like Miralax powder. You can mix that in green gatorade. If they have you do that, they will give you special instructions on it.

  38. QUESTION:
    Want to do a colon cleanse? Have questions???!!?
    I want to get a colon cleanser vitamin to lose some water weight. What is the best colon-cleanser out there that you have tried or know of? Is it safe? When do i take it? (morning, night?) Am i going to have to go to the bathroom alot?
    Thanks lol

    • ANSWER:
      Do this on a day when you KNOW you will be home....it works!

      Fleet Phospho Soda Oral Saline Laxative

      It's not great....it's a small bottle you mix with 8 oz of water....drink it early, early in the morning.......or the night before around 11 p.m. It will take a few hours to kick in.....but it will totally cleanse you. Doctors have you buy this (over the counter) before getting a colonoscopy. It's cheap too!

  39. QUESTION:
    Colon Cleansing- Do I REALLY have pounds of fecal matter, parasites & worms in my colon?
    I know that you've seen the infomercials that talk about this stuff... that there are " toxins and parasites" filling up the large intestines (colon) of hundreds of people and that we need to use their ($$$) stuff to flush out the impurities. Is there any truth to this? Would a standard enema be enough to flush out the colon? What about the flushing aid called Golightly that one has to drink before a colonoscopy... wouldn't that work? Or, does this scheme just fit into the snake oil category? I would ask here that people from a medical background please respond to my question- Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      The whole thing about pounds of fecal matter and such inside you is just a bunch of malarky invented by someone to get all the gullible people to part with their money for nothing.

      Anyone that has ever had a colonoscopy and watched the monitor as the doctor did the scope knows there is no such thing as a bunch of junk stuck to the inside of your colon or anywhere else.

      Golytely is used as a prep for a colonoscopy and flushes the system of anything that might be in there. In the states you need a prescription to buy it for use. If you want something to clean you out quickly and efficiently spend .29 at the drug store and buy some castor oil and take about 3 - 4 tablespoonfuls of it and in about 3 hours your insides will be outside and you won't have to worry about a thing. It will clean you out good.

      Good luck

  40. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend or not recommend colonic cleansing. Are they worth the time & money ?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are willing to change your diet and keep it up it's worthwhile. I have gone in for
      colon therapy about 20 years ago. I have gone several times since, but recently I have had an "incomplete" colonoscopy due to colon narrowing. My gastro-enterologist agreed that colon therapy sounded like a good idea before I try the colonoscopy again. They are worth the time. I don't know what you're being charged. The person I go to has done this over 25 years and charges per session.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can you eat gelatin (JELL-O) the day before a colonoscopy?

    • ANSWER:
      The entire day before your colonoscopy you will be on a Clear Liquid Diet (see below). This is to ensure complete colon cleansing. Avoid red jello and popsicles as the coloring may come through in your stool and be mistaken for blood.

      Avoid all dairy products, vegetables, fruits (you may have fruit juice without pulp, no orange juice), breads and grains, meats, and fats and oils. You may have Jello, fruit ice, popsicles without pulp (no red colors), clear hard candy, coffee or tea (no cream, you may have sugar) soft drinks, water, gatorade, clear fruit juices, bouillon soup, and chicken or beef broth

  42. QUESTION:
    Had colonoscopy ok but still have chronic diahrea why?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you having diarrhea from the solution only or did you have it before the cleaning out solution also?
      It could take a few days for the medication to work it's way out of your system. Eat yogurt, apples, bananas and rice, that should slow it down. If you have a colon condition that caused diarrhea before you took the cleansing solution, then you will have to talk to your doctor to find out what that condition is and how to control it...

  43. QUESTION:
    when i go to bathrum blood came out frm stool n this happen in every 2or3 months n this time this is my 3 day.?
    this time this is my third day wen blood is coming out yet one doctor told me that this is nothing but due to the lack of calcium this is hapening n he sugest 2 apply an antiseptic.so is he write or should i have any other problem?

    • ANSWER:
      I type medical records and it seems that blood in stool has many causes from diet to cancer. I would take your doctor's advice about the calcium and if that doesnt work, ask for a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy is a procedure where the doctor can look directly at the inside of your bowels and see if there are any areas of bleeding.

      Your doctor is correct in taking the simple approach first and moving to something more costly after trying that. Some doctors will just move directly to colonoscopy to see what is wrong right now but if you are not having extreme blood loss, a less costly approach may be in order before moving to testing that may be unnecessary . Your doctor should know your health record and lack of calcium may have been what the doctor thinks is wrong based on the information you gave when you came in with your complaint. Much should have been involved in that decision, including seeing if you have a family history of colon cancer and your age.

      If you end up having a colonoscopy, be sure to follow the preparation instructions exactly--no slacking and no changing the instructions to suit your needs. The amount of area that can be seen using the colonoscope is directly affected by how well you cleanse away any stool in your colon before the test. If no cause of bleeding is found during the colonoscopy, the next step would be to have an upper GI scope (EGD) and check to see if bleeding is coming from higher up inside you and sometimes the doctor will simply ask that you come in for another colonoscopy if the preparation wasnt good. Your doctor will more thank likely follow these steps if the change in your diet (more calcium) is in effective. It just may help you to know that the doctor has other resources that will be tried if changing your diet doesnt work.

      Right now you are on step one and your doctor wants to know if it resolves the bleeding issue or not. Some people get frustrated with doctors if the first thing recommended doesnt work. Please call the doctor if the bleeding gets worse or better.

  44. QUESTION:
    how do they clean your colon before colon surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      The same way for a colonoscopy. If the surgery is planned, the patient will be required to go on a clear liquid diet the day or two before surgery as well having to take a colon prep (cleanse) product to clean the colon more throughly.

      If the surgery is emergency surgery with no prep, the patient may end up with a nasogastric tube and on heavy antibiotics for a period of time postop.

  45. QUESTION:
    what is very good colon cleansing treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      get the sodium phosphate that the dr gives to clean out before colonoscopy....makes you feel great, tates awful

  46. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried a colon?
    I am starting a "diet" (really just eating less and exercising). Would a colon cleanse be beneficial and if so, which one would you recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      You could consider visiting a professional who will do a colon cleansing with equipment that really cleans things out -and makes you feel lighter and better. You could also use over the counter stuff - the same stuff my doctor has me use before a colonoscopy: a dulcolax tablet at night, before bedtime - then the next day use Miralax (the smaller bottle that you mix with gatorade and drink about eight to ten glasses). This protocol makes you sweaky clean - helps with digestion, reduces gas, clears toxic buildup, etc.

  47. QUESTION:
    How do you know when your colon is fully empty?
    I've got a colonoscopy in the morning and I've been chugging down the kitchen cleaner that is moviprep and I'm wondering when you know you're cleaned out.

    Prior to this, I had done a colon cleanse (started before I knew I was getting this), did that for 10 days then the past few days I've been doing oxypowder to get things a bit cleaned out. Not to be super graphic but after my first two initial bouts tonight, I'm now going straight gatorade (yeah I don't think red gatorade was such a good idea, I've been drinking gatorade with the stuff to mask the taste). I heard that once its light yellow or clear it's pretty much done but since I drank red gatorade and its straight gatorade... was wondering if that meant I had just about reached cleanliness.
    They didn't forbid me from red dye, any color was allowed. Now the red drink was probably stupid but I did pass with flying colors. And my insides still looked pink and not red, so it seemed to have gotten flushed out.

    • ANSWER:
      Once you are passing only liquid, you're clean. Done!

  48. QUESTION:
    What happens after a Colonoscopy?
    HI, I am about to have a colonoscopy. Does anyone know if you have to have help to get dressed after the procedure?! I am a girl and for obvious dignity reasons, want to know if i need to get a female relative to pick me up?!!!!! Also how long will i have to wait for my results and most importantly, does it hurt? I heard that you have to wait in the recovery area for up to an hour before you can leave, but is it possible to leave straight away?!

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - During the procedure, you will be covered with a sheet, a hospital gown and no underwear. You will be able to dress yourself after the anesthesia wears off, which will take about an hour. You might want to wear soft, comfortable clothes that are easy to put on, because you will be a little woozy. A nurse will help you get dressed if you need help. Also, don't wear any jewelry or things you would worry about getting lost. you will need someone to give you a ride home - the drugs make you too woozy to drive.

      The procedure doesn't hurt. A small tube is inserted in your anus to fill it with air, and then a thin tube with a camera is inserted and moved throughout the colon so the doctor can have a look around and make sure nothing is growing. If they see a polyp (a small growth) there is a tweezer like device on the tube that will allow them to remove it and later test it for cancer. You might get a drop or two of bleeding from that (so wear old panties or a pantiliner).

      The procedure itself isn't bad. The preparation for it is the worst part. You have to drink this potion that will cause you to completely empty out your bowel and colon. The purpose is so that your insides are clean and the camera can take a clear image. Plan on taking that day off of work. Also, ask your doctor or nurse what kinds of things you can drink (you cannot eat) during the day before. You might only be limited to clear liquids, such as chicken broth or ginger ale. Stock up on some of these things as you won't have any food calories and the "cleansing potion " can taste very salty.

  49. QUESTION:
    is quick colon cleanse effective in such a short period?

    • ANSWER:
      The only time you need to clean your colon is before a colonoscopy.

  50. QUESTION:
    Well I randomly get these pains in my stomach?
    I have been feeling really sick stuffed nose puking diarrhea And randomly this terrible intense stomach pain hits and it goes on and off again then it stops for hours then comes back again and worse

    • ANSWER:
      Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly.
      Almost everyone has pain in the abdomen at one time or another. Most of the time, it is not caused by a serious medical problem.

      How bad your pain is does not always reflect the seriousness of the condition causing the pain.

      For example, you might feel severe abdominal pain if you have gas or stomach cramps due to a viral gastroenteritis.

      Sometimes, life-threatening conditions such as colon cancer or early appendicitis may only cause mild pain or no pain.

      Many different conditions can cause abdominal pain. The key is to know when you need to get immediate medical care. Some times you may only need to call a doctor if your symptoms continue.

      Seek immediate medical help or call your local emergency number (such as 911) if you:

      Are currently being treated for cancer
      Are unable to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
      Are vomiting blood or have blood in your stool (especially if maroon or dark, tarry black)
      Have chest, neck, or shoulder pain
      Have sudden, sharp abdominal pain
      Have pain in, or between, your shoulder blades with nausea
      Have tenderness in your belly, or your belly is rigid and hard to the touch
      Are pregnant or could be pregnant
      Had a recent injury to your abdomen
      Have difficulty breathing
      Call your doctor if you have:

      Abdominal discomfort that lasts 1 week or longer
      Abdominal pain that does not improve in 24 - 48 hours, or becomes more severe and frequent and occurs with nausea and vomiting
      Bloating that persists for more than 2 days
      Burning sensation when you urinate or frequent urination
      Diarrhea for more than 5 days
      Fever (over 100°F for adults or 100.4°F for children) with your pain
      Prolonged poor appetite
      Prolonged vaginal bleeding
      Unexplained weight loss

      Less serious causes of abdominal pain include:

      Constipation
      Irritable bowel syndrome
      Food allergies or intolerance (such as lactose intolerance)
      Food poisoning
      Stomach flu
      Other possible causes include:

      Appendicitis
      Abdominal aortic aneurysm
      Bowel blockage or obstruction
      Cancer of the stomach, colon, and other organs
      Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) with or without gallstones
      Decreased blood supply to the intestines (ischemic bowel)
      Diverticulitis
      Heartburn, indigestion, or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
      Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
      Kidney stones
      Pancreatitis (swelling or infection of the pancreas)
      Ulcers
      Sometimes, abdominal pain may be due from a problem somewhere else in your body, such as your chest or pelvic area.

      Tests that may be done include:

      Barium enema
      Blood, urine, and stool tests
      CT scan
      Colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy
      EKG (electrocardiogram) or heart tracing
      Ultrasound of the abdomen
      Upper GI and small bowel series
      X-rays of the abdomen

      The following steps may help prevent some types of abdominal pain:

      Avoid fatty or greasy foods.
      Drink plenty of water each day.
      Eat small meals more frequently.
      Exercise regularly.
      Limit foods that produce gas.
      Make sure that your meals are well-balanced and high in fiber. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

      This information should be reviewed and read properly; not simply skimmed over. I have had these pains and cleansing a body is not so simply done over night. Sometimes you have to change your whole lifestyle after figuring out the causes of your pains. First you absolutely must get it checked before anything else.

      The best of luck on curing those pains,

      Suzan.

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