Tips For Taking Magnesium Citrate Pre-Op

For those who have been following my journal, you are familiar with my current GI struggles. Well, the day has finally arrived that I go in for my endoscopy and sigmoidoscopy! I will be finding out results regarding celiac disease as well as what is keeping me from eating solid foods, etc. I am happy to get it over with in a few hours time.

These procedures will help further diagnose any GI issues. For more on why  you would need to have this procedure done, read here.

If anyone has been lucky enough to endure this procedure, you are well aware of the prep work involved. Needless to say, it has been a long night/morning. I would like to write about a few tips regarding this process for those who will be having this done to them in the future. I wish someone would have warned me about this as I am you… because things can get a bit messy!

Magnesium Citrate

One of the prep tools involved is called magnesium citrate. It’s a clear liquid used to clean stool from the intestines prior to surgery or certain bowel procedures. According to WebMD, it is “a saline laxative that is thought to work by increasing fluid in the small intestine. It usually results in a bowel movement within 30 minutes to 3 hours.” However this was not my experience.

My Tips:

  • Do not eat much the day you are going to take it, and stick to clear liquids from lunch on, continuing throughout the evening.
  • Drink at dinner-time. This will allow you to pass everything prior to going to sleep.
  • After consuming the recommended amount, expect to stay near a bathroom. (I made the mistake of forgetting to take it until bedtime and that resulted in being up and down all night!)
  • Have baby wipes handy.
  • Be aware that it is very easy to have an “accident” so try to avoid laughing or coughing if you know what I mean. Magnesium citrate really cleans you out!
  • Drink plenty of water, as this will help with the elimination process.

It does not taste as bad as I was told it would, so I just chugged it. It’s lightly carbonated like soda, and may make you burp a bit. The taste is sweet and sour, just stronger than sprite! It’s the next day, nearly 13 hours later, and I am still feeling it’s side effects. If I keep drinking water, it just keeps working!

My Health Status

As a refresher, I do have celiac disease, however the current symptoms I have acquired have led me to believe I may have developed other gastrointestinal issues. Some of these symptoms include abdominal bloating, excessive gas and cramps, fatigue, unable to eat any type of foods, joint pain, and headaches… to name a few. Leaky Gut Syndrome is a very common diagnosis related to CD, as well as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). I have my concerns about both for myself, and because they are not commonly recognized or diagnosed I wanted to draw awareness here.

*If you have any of the symptoms that are commonly found within these GI disorders, please seek medical advise from a healthcare professional.

I will be writing about my results from these procedures for those who may benefit from this information. If you are struggling as I am trying to find an answer, please do tell your unique story here. Your story may help someone else in need of answers!

XOXOX F

  • Celia

    I really appreciate that you posted this, I will have an endoscopy on the 21st and I’m pretty nervous. I was diagnosed with CD last month and have been learning how to eat gluten free which is getting better since I no longer dream of bread. I’ve enjoyed wating Paleo since dairy also bugs my tummy. Waiting too long between meals really kills me. Before I thought I was hangry (hungry resulting in anger lol) but also a result of CD blah . Just realized that my headaches are probably due to CD. You also said you developed other GI problems, I also suffer from those symptoms. Good luck on your journey I will continue to follow your blog ;) Team Gluten Free!

    • Fallon

      Thank you for your comment Celia! I am sorry to hear about your symptoms. The gut and brain are very closely related as far as symptoms are concerned, which may be why headaches/migraines are so common when people have CD. Keep up with the healthy diet! I am so glad you are noticing a difference :)

      XOXOX