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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/21/2008 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I think someone one here said something about obstructing with a pill cam. I can't remember who it was but can you please tell me your symptoms?
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Dave D
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   Posted 7/21/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   

It might have been me. I received the pill in March of 2004. I never saw it pass. Then a few months later I began to have intermittent obstructions. Finally,I had two wish you were dead obstructions. My G.I. would not discuss it. The surgeons he reccomended to fix my "stricture" would not see me. On my own, I took my exrays and found a surgeon to do the surgery. I peeked at my exrays and there it was hung up at an old stoma site. I had carried it around for 15 months! My emergency surgery was in June 2005.

In short, if it is stuck you will probably have an obstruction. If you feel that's the deal, insist on an xray. It will show up.

Dave D 


Retired male in late 60's. Perforated Colon in 92. Diagnosed as Ulcerative Colitis in 93. Uncontrolled flareup in 97 dictated J-pouch surgery. 04 Capsule endoscopy diagnosed as Crohns not UC. Emergency surgery in 05 to remove lodged camera capsule. Biopsies positively diagnosed Crohns at that time. 12/06 Unsucessfully tried Naltrexone(LDN). 2/07 developed scleritis of the eye, tearing and detaching the retina. Treated with high doses of Prednisone. 6/07 Thought eye was healing and started taking Entocort counting on the residual (non-systemic portion) as treating the eye. Wrong. In October eye was not stabilized. 11/07 Started Remicade to try and reduce the ocular inflamation of the Scleritis since I had been requiring more and more Prednisone to keep the eye quiet. 12/07, retina tares and detaches again. Started Remicade every 4 weeks plus 20mg of Prednisone per day. Six months and seven infusions later, good eye is back to 20/14. Bad eye is 20/70. Had cataract surgery on June 05 on bad eye. Eye returned to a correctable visionary level of 20/40. Life looks good (literally) today.
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/21/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Dave!
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chroniemomx2
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   Posted 7/21/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
They have a dissolvable one that you can try before the real thing. If that passes then it's a go for the pill cam, if not..no worries, it just dissolves.

Zanne
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   Posted 7/21/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told that 13% of patients will not pass the camera. But of course the "fix", surgery, also fixes what the camera was sent down to DX, except that then it becomes more of an emergency situation. Also, now more doctors are using the disolvable pill camera first to make sure that this isn't an issue.
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gachrons
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   Posted 7/21/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I thought they did a X-ray after having the cam to see if it passed gee Dave thank goodness you got threw all that.

MMMNavy Are you wondering if you passed you cam ?lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


ShaddyBaby
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   Posted 7/21/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
The last time I had a pill cam I was also taking stool samples- SO I got to see it again. But the first time I had it done I never saw it. It worried me for a while but I guess I didn't realize what could really happen.
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Dagger
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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
You can have an x-ray if you want to. My GI gave me orders for one and said if I didn't notice the pill come out, I could get an x-ray if I wanted to. I've had so many x-rays I should be glowing so I just checked every time I went to see if it came out.

I took the pill on a Thursday morning and it came out Sunday night even though I had D about 8x/day since Thursday night.

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/28/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I had an xray and they said they did not see it.
But they found some hinky growths in my small intestine and they are going in after it.
Thanks for the info everyone.
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Sniper
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   Posted 7/28/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
They are suppose to do an X ray if you do not see it pass. The darn thing has a battery in it and even if it does not cause an obstruction your body will start to digest it and battery stuff is not good for you as you could guess. Dave, your doc is an A hole and you should have filed charges against him.
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yogaprof
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   Posted 7/28/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I never saw mine again (I did keep looking!) and no one cared and I never had an xray afterward. I never got to see the results, either, so the whole thing was a bust!
49 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.


gachrons
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   Posted 7/28/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
MMMnavy So what do they think they seen polyps? When and how are they going after that.? How you doing ?lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/28/2008 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
well they are going in laposcopically to rule out cancer, but if they can't get it by lap then it is gut canyon time. I hope they can get it by scope.
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karendee
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   Posted 7/28/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   

I am wishing you the best ((((((MMNAVY))))))

 

i hope they can get it by the lap....

good luck and let us know how it goes!!!!

Karen


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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and now new med Clonazepam starting 7/18/08

 


ivy6
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   Posted 7/28/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Navy *hug* I'm sorry. Good luck. When will you be going into hospital?
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/28/2008 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks you two, I don't know yet. My GI is trying to figure out a way that they don't have to do gut canyon and getting the surgery scheduled.
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ivy6
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   Posted 7/28/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
How do you feel otherwise, Navy? Are you in pain?
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/28/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
That is what they were trying to ID the source of my pain.
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Dave D
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   Posted 7/29/2008 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   

I just stumbled into the picture I took of my xray taped to the patio doors back in 2005, my only way of seeing it. The things on my left are surgical clips from my J-pouch surgery in 1996. The camera is on my right.

 http://i33.tinypic.com/vn2jjo.jpg

 

Sniper,

You are right. My G.I. was (is) an A hole. Plus, I almost bought the farm not recovering from the surgery, first losing too much blood then having an Asthma attack from all the trauma. I don’t think I could survive another massive surgery like that one.

I retained the best medical mal practice atty I could find out of Miami. However his “expert” said the obstruction was caused by the Crohns, not the camera. Then, about a year later, the same A hole Dr. was busted for forging an ex partners prescriptions for pain killers. I again wrote the hotdog atty and he said unless I could prove he was high when he gave me the pill, I still had no case.

 

All I gained was that I no longer do doctor worship.

Dave D.


Retired male in late 60's. Perforated Colon in 92. Diagnosed as Ulcerative Colitis in 93. Uncontrolled flareup in 97 dictated J-pouch surgery. 04 Capsule endoscopy diagnosed as Crohns not UC. Emergency surgery in 05 to remove lodged camera capsule. Biopsies positively diagnosed Crohns at that time. 12/06 Unsucessfully tried Naltrexone(LDN). 2/07 developed scleritis of the eye, tearing and detaching the retina. Treated with high doses of Prednisone. 6/07 Thought eye was healing and started taking Entocort counting on the residual (non-systemic portion) as treating the eye. Wrong. In October eye was not stabilized. 11/07 Started Remicade to try and reduce the ocular inflamation of the Scleritis since I had been requiring more and more Prednisone to keep the eye quiet. 12/07, retina tares and detaches again. Started Remicade every 4 weeks plus 20mg of Prednisone per day. Six months and seven infusions later, good eye is back to 20/14. Bad eye is 20/70. Had cataract surgery on June 05 on bad eye. Eye returned to a correctable visionary level of 20/40. Life looks good (literally) today.
Married with 4 grandkids.


Nanners
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   Posted 7/29/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Sending prayers your way NAVY!! Hope all goes well for you.
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.


karendee
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   Posted 7/30/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Dave D, that was so neat to see and I feel so bad for you that you carried that pill around for so long, it looks pretty big too!

Karen

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and now new med Clonazepam starting 7/18/08

 


Matthew
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   Posted 7/30/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   

 

 

       You know, I can pass ( at random times) regular meds before they dissolve, I doubt this would be an issue. tongue

       On the other hand, those with possible strictures would be advised caution here, I think..

 

              Matthew


gachrons
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   Posted 7/30/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Just wanted to drop in to say I hope it's a easy surgery for you and keep in touch with us. Will this be your first surgery? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail

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