Doing the Pillcam + upper endoscopy on Monday

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onebloodonelife
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   Posted 8/22/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
So the fun of my latest flare continues...

I went through a three week period this summer where I couldn't eat more than 1000 calories or so per day, mostly liquids, without it coming back up. Apparently, my stomach's moving extremely slowly, probably due to a flu bug that went around the workplace. That's been getting better, but in the midst of that, I started to flare. All the usual stuff, mucus, blood, LRQ pain, lower back pain, joint pain, and I can even feel where my intestines are all screwy by just touching my abdomen.

Anyway, so we scheduled the upper endoscopy so my GI can take a look at my stomach and make sure there's no sign of Crohn's there, then he's going to drop the Pillcam into my small intestine instead of having me swallow it. He thinks that my stomach's moving slowly enough that the Pillcam might not make it out of there very well.

Now, he gave me the dreaded prep sheet, which says I'm supposed to take one 10 oz. bottle of citrate of magnesia at noon, another at 4pm, then 4 Dulcolax tablets at 8pm. I can't imagine that it will take that much to clean me out, and what I'm wondering is what other kinds of preps did anyone else do for the Pillcam? I've done the Fleets phosphosoda before, but this citrate of magnesia seems like a bit of an overload, and did the Miralax prep work to clean everyone else out adaquately?
Crohn's Disease for two years and counting (diagnosed March 8th, 2006)
Imuran: no more! Got the GI's okay to stop taking it :)
Humira: once every week temporarily (hoping to stop a flare)
Dicyclomine and hyoscamine for intestinal cramping and spasms
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LMills
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   Posted 8/22/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had to do the pillcam but did do an endoscopy and colonoscopy in tandem, and I had to drink two bottles of the fleets. I only got about one and half down though before I just couldn't take it anymore. My body was already cleaned out enough and the taste and textures made me want to vomit it right back up so I really didn't want to lose any progress.
Best of luck with your test by the way. I hope they can figure something out for you soon so you don't have to continue go through this..
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


onebloodonelife
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   Posted 8/22/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
When I did my Fleets prep a couple years ago, I wasn't able to get all 2 bottles down either, just about 1 and a half like you said, and that went fine. Well, as fine as those nasty preps can be haha.

Thanks for the luck! I'm one of those wonderful Crohnies whose test results never come back conclusively, except for actual visualization tests, so it's about time I had another done to get everything checked out. And, at least I'm getting it done before school starts back up again.
Crohn's Disease for two years and counting (diagnosed March 8th, 2006)
Imuran: no more! Got the GI's okay to stop taking it :)
Humira: once every week temporarily (hoping to stop a flare)
Dicyclomine and hyoscamine for intestinal cramping and spasms
www.myspace.com/onebloodonelife


LMills
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   Posted 8/22/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Ah, another returning student! The stress from the anticipation just makes it so much better doesn't it? Hah..
It's good to hear that you're able to get that done beforehand. Here's to everything going well so that you don't have to worry about this once school does start back :)
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


petittarte
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   Posted 8/23/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had three PillCams with 2 different doctors and the only "prep" that I've had to do was clear liquids the day before the test. With my endoscopies it has been no food or drink after midnight unless I was having it done in the afternoon and then I was allowed to eat breakfast.
Jodi

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onebloodonelife
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   Posted 8/23/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I went ahead and got the Fleets crap again, I'll probably only take a bottle of it at most, especially since I haven't been eating that much for the past month or so anyway.

So, the liquid diet starts tomorrow! I made a run to Target to get all of my supplies haha, drinks, broths, Vaseline, and magazines to read while I'm stuck in the bathroom. It'll be good times as always. tongue
Crohn's Disease for two years and counting (diagnosed March 8th, 2006)
Imuran: no more! Got the GI's okay to stop taking it :)
Humira: once every week temporarily (hoping to stop a flare)
Dicyclomine and hyoscamine for intestinal cramping and spasms
www.myspace.com/onebloodonelife


gachrons
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   Posted 8/23/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sure sounds like you got all the goodies best wishes on your test. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


brit tuck
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   Posted 8/23/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I just had my second capsule done on Tuesday. I did the 10 oz. bottle of citrate of magensia and 32 ounces of gatorade mixed with Miralax. And I definitely still had stuff coming out of me a few days later. I do know that they don't always do prep for capsules, but because I had done two patency capsules and both times they didn't show them "leaving" me, they want to help the process along by clearing a path with the prep. I'm thinking that's what they're doing for you as well. Good luck! It's a weird thing, seeing as you honestly look like you're wearing a bomb. Just means that you get to take it easy at home for the most part.

Marie-Claire
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   Posted 8/23/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with all this. Thinking and keeping you in my prayers. It'll all be over before you know it... and then maybe they will be able to figure out what to do to make you feel better really , really soon. Enough, is enough.
Love and prayers '
Mary
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis, PTSD ,general anxiety disorder.
 
 


Metallichic
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   Posted 8/24/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn't have to do any prep before the capsule, just clear liquids after 6pm the night before, and actually, I messed up and had a bowl of blueberry ice cream around 9 that night, and it still worked out fine! I wish you the best of luck and hope they find an answer for you!
Shannon
Crohn's Disease/Colitis (diagnosed 12/02), Diverticulitis (diagnosed 6/07)
Positive blood test for wheat allergy, (11/07); Positive capsule endocopy showing Celiac disease (6/30/08), also allergic to egg white protien.
Taking Asacol, Prednisone, Humira, NuLev, HCTZ, Lisinopril, Cymbalta, Prevacid, Zantac, Ambien, Lomotil, Soma, Plaquinil, Frova, Premarin, Entocort, Xifaxan, Creon, Ultracet, Vicodin, Questran powder/Carafate suspension, and LOTS OF VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS!

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