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RedAurora
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   Posted 4/14/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have an MRI tomorrow and was told that they would be inserting a nasogastric tube for the barium. Why cant I just drink the barium, can I refuse the tube? I think the tube is risky, they go in blind and could puncture something, plus studies show that there is more abdominal pain and nausea after the procedure if a tube was used. What do I do? 

25 yr old female. Diagnosed with Crohn's on Feb 14th 2007 confined to the terminal ilieum, Asacol, Levsin, Nexium 40mg, Percocet, darvocet, phenergren.


Zanne
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   Posted 4/14/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG I've never heard of this. I've had a couple of MRI's with barium and never had an NG tube. I think if it was me, I would have to put up a HUGE fight before I let them do that, and they would need to give me some serious drugs first. That is one of the reasons I stay home when I get blockages. I am petrified of the NG tube. I will be hoping and praying that you don't have to have it done that way, it just sounds way too horrible. mad
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   Posted 4/14/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
A couple thoughts -
Did your doctor discuss with you the reason you need this test done in this manner? If not, have you called and asked him/her why the test needs to be done in this manner? You should always understand why you are undergoing a procedure before signing that consent form. Also, it is possible that the imaging center got incorrect instructions from the ordering physician OR that the imaging center has signed you up for the wrong test. Mistakes do happen.
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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 4/14/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I had the MRI enterography before and i had read about a NG tube for the barium and it freaked me out. I asked about it when I called and I did drink the 2 things of barium (you have 15 mins to drink 1 bottle then the next 15 for the other so yes 2 bottles plus 1 cup of the stuff in a total of 30 mins. After that I had to have 1 cup of water. They ran the test then attempted to place an IV for that dye unfortunately my veins stink and they were unable to do that. all in all it was very uninvasive

gl with your test
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 


Goldi76
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   Posted 4/15/2008 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   

I had an NG tube for a barium x-ray, it was the dr's preffered mothod.

The tube is actually quite soft and they will not puncture anything.  Although it was not pleasant it didn't hurt.

 


wanthealth
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   Posted 4/15/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Zanne,
I've had my share of misery also with NG tubes. I'm very thin, small boned and weigh 90 lbs and in many of the hospitals I've been in they have one size fits all tubes. Out of frustration I ordered a package of NG tubes 10 years ago in a smaller size- really a children's size. They are called Salem Sump Tubes and the manufacturer is Argyle. I bought a size called 12 Fr. (4.0mm) It's still not a day in the park, but much more comfortable.
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   Posted 4/15/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I had that test once, and maybe I am the wierd one, but I would rather have the barium go thru the tube than drink that awful stuff. JMHO
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


RedAurora
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   Posted 4/15/2008 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I just got back from my MRI, I had scar tissue in my ileum that was causing a small obstruction, stuff could still get through, but they wanted a better pitcure hence the MRI. The reason I was told that I needed the NG tube was because it had to be inserted past the stomach and into the small bowel. or whatever intestine is closest to the stomach. IT WAS HORRIBLE. They sprayed some numbing stuff up my nose and then inserted the tube, I then had to a lay on my side so they could do live x rays to see where the tube was and to make sure it was going in ok. After all this was done I was supposed to go straight to MRI but the radiologist was late so i had to sit in this little room with this huge tube up my nose for 30 min, I had to keep my head down or it was painful.

So they had me in the MRI tube face down and that was fine but when they had to pump the MRI contrast through the tube it was terrible. it was fine at first but Im small, like 100 pounds small so my stomach filled up quick and the gallon and a half of fluid being pumped in was miserable, I was crying and having a panic attack but they wouldn't give me anything for it because they said drugs are bad. The whole thing took about 45, without the tube it would have been fine but the NG tube was terrible, taking it out was fine but, having that thing in for 3 hours was the worst thing ever, oh and it gives you a bloody nose, and diarhea like no ones business. Like i need more of that thanks

25 yr old female. Diagnosed with Crohn's on Feb 14th 2007 confined to the terminal ilieum, Asacol, Levsin, Nexium 40mg, Percocet, darvocet, phenergren.


Lynn
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   Posted 4/15/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
During my first pregnancy I had to have a resection done and they wanted to insert the NG tube 1 week prior to the procedure. it had a bag on the end of it to help it go through my intestine and help clean it out. Much to my dismay it stopped working about 3 days after insertion and the nurse was told to pull it out until it began sucking again. Ended up coiling in my stomach and had a knot in it. This was the absolute worst experience in my entire life. Pregnant, second surgery in 2 months time and to have this tube to begin with and have it knot. I am petrified of them now needless to say and will avoid them at all costs.
Glad it is over with for you now and you can put the experience behind you, but you didn't say what they plan to do about your scar tissue partial obstruction?
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yogaprof
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   Posted 4/15/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
of all the things I have had done in the past two years, I would say the worst was my SBFT with a tube. sorry you had to do it.
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


RedAurora
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   Posted 4/16/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
"Glad it is over with for you now and you can put the experience behind you, but you didn't say what they plan to do about your scar tissue partial obstruction"

THe MRI was to determine wether or not it was just scar tissue or inflammation as well, I have an appt with the doc tonight to discuss the findings from yesterday. By the way did I say how much the NG tube sucked? :)

25 yr old female. Diagnosed with Crohn's on Feb 14th 2007 confined to the terminal ilieum, Asacol, Levsin, Nexium 40mg, Percocet, darvocet, phenergren.


RedAurora
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   Posted 4/17/2008 2:59 AM (GMT -7)   
So i saw the Dr. last night and he said that the MRI was normal. No scar tissue no inflammation no reflare. He had to recheck with the radiologist to make sure they were my films. NO obstruction just poo

25 yr old female. Diagnosed with Crohn's on Feb 14th 2007 confined to the terminal ilieum, Asacol, Levsin, Nexium 40mg, Percocet, darvocet, phenergren.


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   Posted 4/17/2008 3:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, how frustrating, Red. Fancy going through that to find that there was nothing there. The "nothing" is good news, but still... what a dreadful thing to have experienced.

I'm really sorry you had to go through this. You've had a horrible time and I'm really, really sorry.

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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 4/17/2008 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm at Mayo Clinic right now. Just had a CT Enterography Monday. Mayo has been doing some clinical trials or research w/MRI Enterography and Dr Tremaine says that so far it is NOT proving to be as good at the CT Enterography EXCEPT when it is the very bottom of the pelvic area, such as the rectum, etc.

Bless their heart, didn't need to do the NG tub bit for the CTE. Just drink the 3 bottles of light barium, gladolin, whatever it is.

Could NOT believe the CLARITY of the scan images as compared to the local CTE I had just a few months ago!!!! Absolutely no comparison! And our local imaging has all brand new equipment "I" thought was really up to date. Can't begin to compare w/Mayo's. But then can anything local compare to Mayo in any area??

There's been a couple of surprises so far. We except to start for home Friday about noon. We'll be going thru the UP and hitting a good share if not all of the casinos between Mayo and home. Joy, joy. Ah well, I bought some good books to read and still have a couple left unread yet.
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John510
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   Posted 4/17/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I made them give me fentyl before they stuck the NG tube up my nose. I was totally freaked out but now know it doesnt hurt just feels uncomfortable

dragonfly137927
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   Posted 4/18/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
i have had 2 ng tubes one I woke up with after my ostomy sx. the last NG tube I had.was.in 1-08 after Sx. I had 2 BMs so they started me back on.food...I ended up with ileus again (colon didnt wake up). that 1 went in when I was awake and .to top it off I contracted a cold even tho when mymom got symptoms she didnt visit those days. I had mine in for 5 days and had a sinus inf in that 1 side for a month...lots of saline spray and neosporin up the nostril to help with how bloody and dry etc it got. Yup I even puked with it in
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 

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