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I am scheduled in 2 days on March 26, 2009 for my abdominal hysterectomy. The nurse told me I need to drink 2 bottles of Magnesium Citrate tomorrow night. I am wondering what kind of experiences has other had with Magnesium Citrate?
i had to drink two bottles of magnesium citrate the day before my surgery starting an hour after a light lunch..... (soup)
i was allowed to mix mine with gingerale.... also put the magnesium citrate in the fridge so it gets cold.. then pour it over ice mix with gingerale and sip it with a straw... if you drink too fast you can get naseauted
well..it took about an hour and a half to start working.. then i was on the pot for a few hours and it finally stopped......i tried to sleep..but i couldn't..i was too nervous before my surgery.. i was nervous that something would go wrong and that they wouldn't be able to do my surgery (like that my doctor would wreck or i would have a little fever or stupid stuff like that)
but everything went as planned...
after the surgery they kept me on ice chips for the rest of that whole day..and then i was allowed the next morning to drink some veggie broth--it shot right through me...... i had diarrhea twice in the bed... ( i hadn't been allowed up yet and the nurse didn't have time to get to me)
my doctor said it was from the magnesium citrate still.... so..watch the broth..nothing else upset my stomach.....
anyways good luck to you with your surgery.. the bowel prep is no fun but it isn't too bad either......
i had no problems with it. you'll have to stay close to a bathroom because you'll definitely be going. just drink a lot so you dont get dehydrated. the good part about the mag citrate is theres no cramping or pain when you have to go.
I drank my first bottle of magnesium citrate at 4 PM the day before surgery after two days of eating mostly vegetables, quinoa, and no meat. You still have some time to do that which I think helps everything to flow a bit more smoothly since whatever goes in must come out. My first bottle took a long time to work so I drank a second (under advisement from the nurse/doctor). I was on the toilet from 12 AM - 5 AM. I just put in a movie into my laptop, brought it into the bathroom, along with wipes and water. I only stood to get blood flowing through my legs. Don't wipe too much for the first 2 hours or so. It just irritates your body. Once you're able to have 10+ minutes or so between movements and it's not too runny, then you might consider wiping and walking around. And then, use wipes instead of toilet paper.
When I arrived at the hospital at 6 AM I still felt I could go but it was under control. This helped me not get constipated after surgery. I had no problems going at all afterwards. I had an LSH, by the way, although not sure that matters.
Good luck. Praying that the prep, surgery, and recovery all go well.