Help! Taking Moviprep tomorrow

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Hiya,

Sorry I know this is my third post on here within the last week or so, I am just feeling so isolated and scared right now. I wish I was stronger.

So my colonoscopy is on Saturday morning at 9.45AM and I have been instructed to take the dreaded Moviprep tomorrow at 5pm and the second dose between 8pm-9pm. The last couple of days I have tried to stick to a reasonably low fibre diet. Today I have eaten, three slices of white bread, some white pasta and some Rich Tea biscuits. Nothing else..I was planning on eating less than this but hunger got the better of me.

Does anyone have any advice on how to handle tomorrow? I am so terrified. Biggest worry is the diarrhoea prior to the colonoscopy and still having it on my journey to/when I arrive to my appointment! It's only a 10 minute car journey but I have this phobia of having an accident on the way there/while I'm there as I've heard the motions are explosive/super urgent:( Does anyone know if its okay to take the Moviprep at 3pm instead, and then the second dose at around 6? Just so I can reduce the likelihood of this happening. How long are the bowel movements likely to last? I feel so sick don't think I'll be sleeping tonight 😦

The reason for my referral is because I have had a deep pelvic ache on my right side that I've had on and off for 8 months, and alternating mild abdominal pain on left and right side. I think the pelvic pain is related to my bladder as it seems to make me pee more frequently/urgently, but doctor wants to check its nothing to do with my intestines apparently as I have had intense aching/pressure in my rectal area also which is unrelated to bowel movements....feel like this is all so drastic and is just going to make me feel worse. Don't know why I'm going through with this. I feel like I have no one to turn to for support 😦

Thanks for reading,

Charlotte

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    Hi Charlotte, the Movi prep is not as bad as you think  just drink plenty of fluids. I had to travel 30 minutes to hospital and I was fine .You will be able to go to the toilet when you get there if you need to  .I don't think taking it a little earlier will be a problem just means you need to be near a toilet sooner ,I hope you are having sedation then you will be woozy through the procedure I did have a bit of discomfort but on the whole the procedure was fine and was  was over very quickly. So please don't worry I hope all goes well for you.
    
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    Try not to worry! My trip was 10 mins as well and I went prepared with lots of padding and towels to sit on etc. It was a friend's car, but nothing happened! Even if it does, you will be well looked after when you arrive. Nurses are wonderful people. I have soiled hospital beds during the night and it's just part of the job for them. It probably won't happen anyway. Looking forward to your happy report when it's all over! John.

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    hi charlotte, some people react different than others. as for myself, i was due to have an endescooy and colonoscopy this week but ended up cancelling as i had a very bad reaction to the first lot of movieprep to the extent i was on my knees with chronic stomach pain nothing to do with bowel movements. given that i have barretts eosaphagus and stomach issues i could not tolerate movieprep as i feared it could have damaged my insides. i do have a stomach scan next week and will discuss going forward with maybe different approach to colonoscopy. please bear in mind that my symptoms were the exception as my wife had colonoscooy some months ago and had no problems with movieprep like me. my advice is to try it and see how you go best of luck.

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    Hi,

    just don't worry. follow what had been advices to you.

    your stomach will be empty long before going to hospital. So you don't need to worry about "accident ".

    I asked not to be sedated to see for myself, what is inside my body.

    I will not say that it was not painful.

    However, it was not overwhelming.

    I am glad that I choosed the right option for me.

    Just prepare yourself to face the facts of life. Hope there would be nothing wrong, but if they find something, they will be able to treat it in timely manner.

    Good Luck.

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    when ever I have my regular 2 yearly colonoscopies I always ask for an afternoon appointment 2pm onwards .then I know my bowels would have settled down... and no accidents before appointment time.

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    HI Charlotte

    Iv just seen your post and felt compelled to reply to you, as honestly I really was the scardiest person in the whole world when I had my colonoscopy a few years ago and it truly is nothing to get worried about!

    The times the hospital give you for taking the meds are all worked out on your appointment time so your bowel will be empty time you have the procedure done and as the other person said there will be toilets at hospital...

    im sure you will have the ( its called conscious sedation ) so not like a general anesthethic and it really is fab,

    I slept thru most of my procedure!

    This is an example of how bad I was on the day my friend had to book me in as i was in such a state I couldnt even talk!

    This group helped me sooo much as in hearing others experiences and hearing its not as bad as we fear!

    It will be over before you know it and its sooo good we are able to have these procedures done under our fabulous NHS...

    All the best for tomorrow and try not to worry too much.

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    Hi Charlotte ,I said Movi prep is not that bad,I did not find it problem and I am sure you wont either ,taking the prep early will only mean you will go to the toilet sooner.I travelled over 30 minutes to the hospital without a problem remember, there are lots of toilets there if you need them and you can go before the procedure but your bowel will be empty by then, maybe a bit off wind .The sedation is good makes you feel a bit woozy and you might drop off to sleep you can watch the procedure on the monitor on the monitor If you like. It will be over before you know it ,I only had a little discomfort but it was only for a few seconds, but over all was fine.I was very nervous as well.please dont worry and tell us how it went after.take care thick positive you will be fine.

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    Hey

    Thank you all for your messages of support. I started taking the Moviprep about 4pm, and took my final dose (thank goodness), at about half 7. I have been sitting on the toilet since around 5pm and have been scared to move since as it seems to be coming every 5-10 minutes (sorry TMI). It has been pretty awful, I hope this ends soon 😦

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    It will soon be over. With mild sedation I was relaxed enough to watch the screen and I don't think I stopped talking the whole way through! It was all over quite quickly. Then a sandwich and a drink and a stop off on the way home to buy an enormous carrot cake. Then a snooze. You'll be fine. Let us know how you got on when you can. John.

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    Well you must be over the worst now try and get a good nights sleep and dont worry about tomorrow ,I am sure the experience wont be as bad as you think,

    best wishes.

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    thank you for your messages. I am trying to sleep now as it seems to have calmed down a little bit but I still keep rushing to the loo 😦 been happening for about 7 hours now, is this normal??? i want to cry but i am so physically exhausted im not able to 😦

    really hope this stops before my appointment but it doesn't seem likely:(

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    hiya.

    I just thought I would update you. so arrived at endoscopy clinic this morning, on one hours sleep and toilet visits pretty much all night and the surgeon refused to do it as I had a heart rate of 163 beats per minute which apparently under consicous sedation would put me at severe risk of cardiac arrest. I cried and I pleaded with them but they said I couldn't for my own safety as they don't have ressusitarion equipment as it is a community clinic. I have a naturally fast heart rate anyway but I don't think the one hour of sleep dirahoea all night and anxiety of having am accident on the way there helped. surgeon said as I'm only 23 he does not think anything would be found anyway and colorectal was just ordering it to double check especially as stool sample was fine. he thinks i should maybe consider seeing a gynae/uro for my pelvic pain. wish I never drank the moviprep as my tummy still feels funny and have had two urgent watery stools and lots of false alarms (i keep feeling like I want to pass stool but when I go nothing is there). I hope this hasn't done permanent damage:( feel like I'm back to square one and want to cry so much but just too exhausted to. thank you for all of your support xx

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