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Can a colonoscopy worsen IBS?

  • By CharlotteAB

    I had a colonoscopy today as part of my journey to finding out what is causing my frequent loose stools and vague abdominal discomfort. The colonoscopy was the last in a long line of tests I have had done so far. The colonoscopy showed absolutely nothing wrong with my colon. Excellent news, of course, but I am still having diarrhea 7 hours after the procedure, and it seems as if the lunch I ate when I got home from the hospital passed through my entire system in about 5 hours. I am not sure if this is a lingering result of the Pico Salax I had to take last night and this morning as part of my colonoscopy prep. Has anyone else found that a colonoscopy worsened IBS symptoms? I am assuming I have IBS as all the tests I have had show nothing else wrong.

  • By bode1731

    I have a colonoscopy scheduled for this coming Monday and I was hoping for find some answers here. Too bad no one has responded yet.

    I am wondering how this prep will affect my IBS. I’m starting to think I should take the next day off.

    I will let you know if I have the same experience as you did.

    Wish me luck… I’m a bit worried

    • By ldonne

      Hi @bode1731,
      I had a colonoscopy done last June.
      I experienced trapped gas pain afterwards. Very uncomfortable which lasted a couple days for me.

      No diarrhea for me afterwards.

      Make sure you follow your doctors instructions for the prep.

      Good luck.