A colonoscopy is a medical procedure performed by doctors using a small camera and a flexible tube. Doctors use the camera to see inside of your colon and rectum. The purpose of a colonoscopy is to lift cancer and polyps inside your rectum and colon. This medical procedure is normally suggested if you are diagnosed with colon cancer. This type of cancer normally occurs to people who have family members with a colon cancer history. But it may also happen to those who have a history with adenoma. What may fright some people are the side effects that may occur after the procedure.
There are many side effects felt by patients after taking a colonoscopy. However, please note that side effects do not happen to all colonoscopy patients. Some don’t feel any serious pain or complication after the medical procedure. Side effects after colonoscopy may include sleepiness, difficulty in breathing or heart problems, hungriness, blood flowing from stools, cramps, shaky and cold, and so on. However, one side effect which is quite interesting is diarrhea after colonoscopy.
People who suffer from diarrhea would surely feel a terrible pain in their stomach. Indeed, a pain we all don’t want to have to experience. After a colonoscopy, one may assume that the diarrhea was caused by wind. In fact, it was caused itself.
Here is a list of some foods and drinks you are suggested to eat after taking a colonoscopy to avoid diarrhea after colonoscopy:
- Cooked vegetable
- Fruit juice
- White toast
- Scrambled eggs
- Mashed potatoes
- Drinks containing electrolytes
However, don’t let all those side effects influence your decision in taking a colonoscopy. If your doctor strongly suggests you need to take a colonoscopy, then you need to follow his suggestions.
What’s most important is that your colon is cancer free, and you can live life without much worry.