sick for a long time, GI wants Barium X-Ray...what?

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LoveThyBass
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   Posted 9/26/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
So yea, I've been sick for a long time and what not. I was just scoped this past monday and they said that they found nothing. When i got the biopsys back my mom told me that the nurse said that there was some number that was above average in my biopsys that shows i might have chrons even though they saw nothing. IDK what the number is called, my mom didnt remember. My doctor wants me to get a Barium X-Ray October 3rd. I have NO clue what to expect, IDK what it is and IDK if they will even find out for sure if i have Chrons or not. Any advice on what to expect?

Also I was in the ER yesterday and they put me on Bentyl (sp?) and it helped the pain but everytim ei eat now, no matter what i eat i get so sick i could puke. anyone having the same problem? I know its an IBS medicine, but jw.

Thanks,
Jake

P.S. Just looking for some hope =\
Countless blood tests, 1 cat scan, 1 endoscopy, 1 colonoscopy, no Dx. No Clue. Barium X-Ray coming October 3rd.

SED Rate above normal
Lyme numbers above normal

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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 9/26/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I was actually dx by barium swallow with follow up xrays (sbft), because where my disease is the worse is not reachable by scope.
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Zanne
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   Posted 9/26/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
For the Barium Xray, sometimes its called a small bowel follow through (SBFT) it depends on who is doing it as far as how it is done, but the standard is:

You pop some fizzy stuff, like pop rocks and they take some Xrays as it goes down. Then they have you drink barium and take Xrays as that goes down. You will then wait around while the barium moves through you and they will take you back in every 20 minutes or so to see how things are "moving". Once the barium gets through the small bowel, you can usually go home, depending on what exactly your doctor has ordered. Sometimes the Radiologist will use a paddle type thing on your belly to move the loops of bowel around so that they can get better pictures.

Standard is nothing by mouth after midnight the night before. The barium is thick and usually berry flavored. If you had a liquid prep for the colonoscopy, you have already had the worst thing, and barium will be a piece of cake. It isn't great, but its tolerable.

Have you had any other tests, blood work? For me, SBFT was the only thing that showed my strictures, but different test work for different patients.

As far as Bentyl goes, it works by slowing the bowels down, so your nausea may be just from having things sit too long. Try having smaller, bland meals, and try taking the Bentyl a little bit after you have eaten so that your food has passed through your stomach.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


LoveThyBass
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   Posted 9/26/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, and as for tests goes, I have had a colonoscopy and endoscopy and that stuff was DISGUSTING, so i am hoping that it doesent taste to bad. but yea everything in the IBD realm has showed up normal untill these biopsys. So I'm just hoping they find something. and thanks for letting me know what to expect.
Countless blood tests, 1 cat scan, 1 endoscopy, 1 colonoscopy, no Dx. No Clue. Barium X-Ray coming October 3rd.

SED Rate above normal
Lyme numbers above normal

Proud BF of Chronie.


Sniper
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   Posted 9/26/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Barium is not very tasty. They try to flavor it but its is still yuck. Sort of like wet chaulk. You will live though and maybe they will find whats wrong. Hope all goes well and you feel better soon...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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