Dealing with chronic health care issues

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Dealing with chronic health care issues

I used to be really healthy, until I got glandular fever in my mid twenties. I got really sick and it took me a lot of time, and consultations, with different health professionals to get my issues under control. My local health clinic became my second home as I worked throug my muscle soreness with my physiotherapist, my nutritional issues with my nutrionist and got all of my blood tests and x-rays done as well. Having them all in one place made my recovery much easier. This site is my exploration of health care clinics and how they help all arms of the medical profession work together.


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Preparing For Your Colonoscopy: What You Need to Know

When your gastroenterologist told you that you need a colonoscopy, you probably weren't exactly overjoyed. However, there's good news: your colonoscopy can be a much smoother and easier procedure than you might think if you prepare for it properly. Your gastroenterologist will give you specific preparation instructions a week or two ahead of the procedure, and to get the best results you should follow them strictly. Read on to learn about how most gastroenterologists tell their patients to prepare for a colonoscopy. 

Dietary Restrictions

Several days before your colonoscopy is scheduled, you should begin eating a low fiber diet. You should focus on bland foods that can include things like:

  • White rice
  • White bread
  • Yoghurt
  • Clear broth
  • Chicken 
  • Cottage cheese
  • Turkey
  • Custard
  • Ice cream

You'll need to avoid the following types of foods. 

  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Fruit, either dried or raw
  • Vegetables
  • Beans

The day prior to your scheduled colonoscopy, avoid solid food entirely. You can usually have clear liquids, ice pops, and flavoured gelatin in colours other than red or purple. Whilst your gastroenterologist will give you specific instructions, you'll generally need to avoid all food and liquid starting around 2-6 hours prior to your procedure. 

Bowel Preparation

Your gastroenterologist or the local chemist will provide you with sachets of a bowel preparation, which you must mix with water. You'll prepare this mixture starting on the morning of the day before your procedure. Over the course of the day, you'll be drinking several litres of the mixture. It stimulates your bowels and allows you to clean them out fully prior to the colonoscopy.

You'll need to be at home for this process so you can remain close to the toilet as the preparation takes effect. Whilst it's a time consuming process, it's the only effective way to make certain your body is ready for the colonoscopy. 

The Day of Your Procedure

On the day of your colonoscopy, shower in the morning. Don't apply any deodorant, lotion, or perfumes, and be sure to remove all of your jewellery. If you wear contact lenses, you may wear them to the appointment, but bring a contact lens case along because you'll need to remove them prior to your procedure. Wear loose-fitting clothing without buttons or zippers. 

Whilst you might not exactly enjoy colonoscopy preparation, the rewards can be tremendous. You'll either get the great news that you're colon cancer free, or you'll get detailed information about your condition that allows your gastroenterologist to treat you as effectively as possible.