Ibd Sufferers: You Can End the Struggle

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Ibd Sufferers: You Can End the Struggle

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis eight years ago, and I was told that I would likely struggle with flare-ups for the rest of my life. I heard stories of other sufferers who had to eventually have their colons removed, and I became determined to not become part of this statistic. I was prescribed a daily medication that helps manage my condition, and although I don't like taking pills, I realize I need it to keep my colon healthy. I still experienced flares, so I began an elimination diet recommended by my doctor and found my "trigger" foods. I have now been flare-free for two years! I created this blog to help remind others with IBD that there is hope. You can end the constant struggle if you work with your doctor to try different methods of controlling your disease.

Expected Dietary Changes In Preparation For A Colonoscopy

In preparation for a colonoscopy procedure, there are several dietary changes you want to make. This procedure aims to obtain a clear view of the colon's lining. The only way to get this view is if the colon is clean. While your healthcare provider will provide you with a specific list of dietary changes and other preparation steps, here are some common steps you should anticipate that you will need to make.

Start Early

Remember that it is not advised to wait until the last minute to initiate dietary changes in preparation for your colonoscopy. Ideally, you should adopt these changes a few days before your procedure. During this period, you should aim to eat foods low in fiber.

Cooked vegetables are a better option than raw or steamed vegetables, and white bread is a better option than whole wheat bread. Low-fiber foods leave less undigested food behind than high-fiber foods. Again, this procedure aims to get a clear view inside the colon, so the less undigested food, the better.  

24-Hour Cutoff

Around 24 hours before your scheduled procedure, your healthcare team will likely give you strict instructions not to eat food. You will be given a bowel prep solution to drink in place of food. This solution is not the best tasting, and finishing it can seem like a chore, but you must do so. 

The purpose of the solution is to prompt the elimination of any leftover food in the colon so that the clearest image can be captured. You will also be given a timeframe by which this drink must be completed, such as 12 hours before your appointment. Make sure you follow both guidelines. 

Gradual Reintroduction

You have several options for sedation with a colonoscopy, including light sedation, moderate sedation, and in some cases, general anesthesia. With light and moderate sedation, you are still conscious, but your state of alertness is lessened. However, with general anesthesia, you are completely sedated. 

If you choose the latter option, be prepared to gradually reintroduce your regular diet. General anesthesia can sometimes cause gastrointestinal irritation. Couple this with the fact that you have been eating differently for the last few days. If you jump right into your old eating habits as soon as you leave the clinic, you might have an uncomfortable experience.   

Again, your healthcare provider will give you specific guidance for your procedure. Remember these factors but be sure to follow your healthcare orders precisely. Contact a doctor to learn more about getting a colonoscopy.