Lost craving for sweets after colonoscopy

While some people will be able to eat as much as they want, some will have a very hard time doing so after a colonoscopy.

When you’re eating too much after a colonoscopy, it can cause the colon to look like it’s inflamed because the food is getting stuck in your colon. You may also feel bloated, gurgly, and sick.

Aspirin and other medications

Certain medications can cause you to have a bowel movement shortly after taking them. Some common ones include:

  • Aspirin
  • Anti-nausea medication, such as Pepto-Bismol
  • Anti-diarrheal medication, such as loperamide (Imodium)

If you have a prescription for these medications, talk to your doctor about taking them with your colonoscopy prep.

What not to eat?

You may be surprised to learn that some foods can cause you to have a bowel movement shortly after eating them. These foods include:

  • Red meat
  • White bread
  • High-fiber foods, such as apples, pears, and prunes
  • Spicy foods
  • Dairy products, such as milk and yogurt

If you’re taking a blood thinner, such as warfarin (Coumadin), you should avoid the following foods:

  • Beer
  • Wine

If you know that you’ll be taking a blood thinner, you should also avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Dairy products
  • High-fiber foods
  • Any food that contains artificial sweeteners or MSG

A dietitian can help you plan out a good diet plan for a colonoscopy.

How to prepare?

The most important part of preparing for a colonoscopy is to drink plenty of water.

If you’re at all unsure of how to prepare for a colonoscopy, ask your doctor.

You may need to take a stool softener laxative or enema to make it easier to pass stool after the procedure. If you’re allergic to any medications, ask your doctor if you need to take any before your colonoscopy.

How to do it?

If you’re not showing any signs of a bowel movement and you aren’t having some sort of medical emergency, you can probably skip the prep and just go straight to the procedure.

If you have a bowel movement during the prep or if you’re having any other medical issues, you may want to go through with the prep.

If you’re going to have a sedative, you’ll be given something to help you relax. This may be a suppository or an IV drip.

You can expect a sedative to last about 30 minutes.

Once you’ve had the sedative, you’ll be taken to the colonoscopy room. You’ll be given a bowel prep to drink while you wait.

You’ll probably be able to see the doctor in the room as he or she begins the colonoscopy.

What to expect?

The entire process usually takes about an hour.

You’ll be given either a colonic enema or a colonoscopy.

The colonoscopy can help you get a better look at your colon and screen for cancer.

The colonic enema is used to clean out your colon. You’ll be given a special enema that will help move the contents of your colon through your colon.

If you have a colonic enema, you’ll still be able to drink water.

After the procedure, you’ll be taken to a recovery room or your hospital room.

You may need to stay in the hospital overnight if you had a sedative during the procedure.

What do I do after?

You can go home the same day as your colonoscopy.

Follow any instructions your doctor gives you. You may be able to go back to work the same day.

If you had a sedative, you’ll need to take it as directed.

You may also need to take some medications for the rest of the day to help prevent complications.

What if my bowel movement is hard to pass?

If you passed your bowel movement but it was hard to pass, you may want to take a stool softener laxative or enema to help pass it.

If your bowel movement felt like it was backed up, you may want to try drinking a lot of water to help pass it.

How do I keep the procedure from happening again?

You’ll be given medication before the procedure to make sure that the colon isn’t inflamed.

The medication is usually something that you can take orally. You may need to take it for up to a week after the procedure.

How long can I poop?

You should be able to poop after a colonoscopy.

You may have a hard time passing your first poop, but you should be able to poop again after the procedure.

There are some things that you can do to help your poop move through your colon more easily.

You can:

  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Eat a fiber-rich diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Take a stool softener before your colonoscopy.
  • Take an enema or laxative before your colonoscopy.

How can I prevent this from happening again?

If you get a repeat colonoscopy, you can do some things to prevent it.

You may need to take a medication to help prevent future episodes, such as:

  • Aspirin or another blood thinner
  • A stool softener
  • Prednisone

If you have more than one episode, you may need to take medication to prevent them.

If you’re having more than one episode a year, talk to your doctor about a colonoscopy screening.

How long does it take to recover from a colonoscopy?

The length of time that you’ll be in the hospital after a colonoscopy depends on the type of sedative that you’ve had.

A colonoscopy usually lasts between an hour and two hours.

If you had a sedative, your doctor will give you something to help you relax.

Next steps

  • Schedule an appointment with a doctor.
  • Check Your Symptoms

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