All About IBS and Colonoscopy Tests
There are tons of questions about IBS and colonoscopy procedures out there.
A colonoscopy can detect all sorts of digestive illnesses and abnormalities.
Most commonly, it’s used to detect colon cancer or polyps.
But how do colonoscopies relate to Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Does this fall in the realm of tests for IBS? Let’s look at the facts.
What Is A Colonoscopy
A colonoscopy is a medical test used to view the inside of the large intestines (colon).
This procedure is not needed for most people until they reach the age of 50.
A very small and flexible scope is inserted through the rectum in order to get to the large intestines.
Patients are put to sleep for this procedure and asked to lay on their side just before being put to sleep.
The hours leading up to your test require you to take a special prep at home beforehand.
This prep is in a liquid form and will cleanse the colon, so that it is completely clear of waste for the procedure.
The prep is the worst part in my opinion, you constantly have to be right by a toilet and it’s worse than having IBS itself.
You are not able to eat foods or consume anything other than clear liquids during the prep.
The test is very simple since you are put to sleep, and you can’t even tell there was a scope inserted when you wake up.
Does Colonoscopy Show IBS Diagnosis?
IBS and Colonoscopy procedures are often put hand in hand.
Contrary to what some may believe, a Colonoscopy is actually not used to diagnose IBS or to directly find IBS.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a diagnosis when other serious digestive illnesses have been ruled out.
The Colonoscopy will help rule out more serious problems and lead you in a more clear direction towards IBS, if this is the case.
Biopsies are usually taken to aid in ruling out major illnesses.
Once other possibilities are ruled out and the symptoms follow those of IBS, a diagnosis can be made.
Other Tests For IBS
Don’t just get the Colonoscopy, there are other illnesses that require more testing to be ruled out.
You could end up having something other than IBS and not know it if you don’t take every test recommended.
Other tests may be performed as well, such as: endoscopy, blood work, MRI, CT scan, X Ray, Breath tests and more.
Preparing For The Prep and Test
First and foremost, 100 percent listen to the directions given by your doctor.
The day before and day of you need to stick to a clear liquid diet and will also receive instructions on how many hours in advance you must stop consuming any foods or drinks.
You’ll want to stock up ahead of time on your favorite clear drinks and snacks like sports drinks, juice, popsicles, Jello, clear broth and other similar choices.
Clear Gatorade is great because it’s going to help you stay hydrated!
Beyond your diet, make plans to be very close by to a bathroom, the prep is going to hit quick and often!
Consider picking out some shows or movies to binge watch during this time, to help the time pass and take your mind of the prep. (If you have a way to watch a show while in the bathroom, even better!)
Be sure to pick a nice, soft toilet paper. Below I recommend Charmin ultra soft, because you’re going to need it often and you don’t want something rough, trust me.
On top of toilet paper, having flush-able cleansing wipes will help you feel fresh, no matter how many trips you’ve taken to the bathroom!
Unfortunately, IBS and Colonoscopy procedures are a must, but you don’t have to be totally miserable.
Your Best Colonoscopy Survival Kit
Gatorade Thirst Quencher Frost, Glacier Cherry, 20 Ounce (8 Count)Clear Chicken Broth w/ Natural Flavors – 13.4fl Oz (Pack of 1)Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths, 336 Wipes, (Pack of 8)Charmin Ultra Soft Mega Roll Toilet Paper, 24 Count