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lawgirl99
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/29/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
So now my doctor has referred me to a gi. I have an appointment on friday with a place that specializes only in that kind of stuff. He referred me because he think i may have IBD or some form of that. They had a cancellation last minute. I am kind of scared,  not sure what to expect. My sister has chrons and my aunt has colitis but they live in new york and i live in mississippi so don't really know too much. I know my sister has talked about some of the tests she had in the beginning and they don't sound too great. Not sure if i am overreacting or just really nervous. Can anyone give me some insight?

eva124
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   Posted 10/29/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
the tests i had dne at the beginning were a colonoscopy,barium series xray,MRI,and lots of blood tests,they sound scary as but they are okay,hard part of colonoscopies is the prep it all depends on the gi u haf on wat sort of stuff they give u for the prep,barium u just haf drink of lot of white frothy stuff which is flavoured,fills u up real bad so u feel kinda bloated and they tke xrays of ur intestines as the white stuff mkes it way thru so it can tke a while,MRi was instead of a second series xray so i didnt get xposed to much radiation,thats just boring and noisy,and blood tests are ok if ur not to bad with needles. :D and its ok to feel nervous,i was really nervous,didnt haf a clue bout colonoscopies or nethng like that i was crying b4 i went in now i dnt care bout it lol
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TeacherBetsy
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   Posted 10/30/2008 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lawgirl, I had a colonoscopy, barium series, and blood tests prior to being diagnosed. I was having other problems, too, including joint pain and a mild concussion resulting from a fainting spell, so a rheumatologist and a neurologist were also involved at the time, making everything that much more confusing... but in the end, my GI doc diagnosed mild Crohn's colitis and that was it.

I agree with Eva that the hardest part of the colonoscopy is the prep... for a couple of days before the exam, my doc's instructions advise to eat bland, low-residue foods (basically stuff that's easy to pass and not irritating). Then, the day before the exam, you do not eat anything at all; your doc will provide you w/instructions about what you'll need to take that day to clean out the digestive tract, and you'll only have liquids. Some doctors' instructions vary a little from others, so you'll want to follow the plan that your doc recommends.

I have never had trouble with a colonoscopy, but I know that some people have... I think it depends a lot on how extensive the disease is and how well you respond to anesthesia or sedatives, depending on what your doc uses. The facility where I have my procedures uses a type of anesthesia that puts the patient "under" very quickly and also causes you to wake up quickly afterward, but I'm completely asleep during the test.

Hope this helps... do contact your sister and aunt if you can and let them tell you more. It will do you good to be in contact with family members who have been through this. I have an aunt who has Crohn's as well. Best of luck to you and do ask more questions here if you want.

basil
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   Posted 10/30/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I also had a flexible sigmoidoscopy on my first visit to the GI. I wasn't expecting any exam like that on my very first visit, so I was a bit nervous and almost declined to have it done. In the end I agreed to do it because i really wanted to get some answers about what was wrong with me. It wasn't bad at all, felt a bit weird, but didn't hurt at all. A few weeks later I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy done under twilight sedation-- it put me totally asleep and i didn't feel or notice a thing. I also had blood and stool tests done after the colonoscopy.
Hope that helps, try not to worry too much. I was amazed at how quickly I got used to being poked and prodded :)
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