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   Posted 12/15/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I think I am in the right place.  about a week ago I went to the doctor with pain in my flank side.  They did a ct scan and it showed nothing.  I followed up at my doctor and she said I should go for a obstruction series.  Does anyone know what kind of test that is?  Do you have to drink a liquid and then you get a xray.  I still have a discomfort in my stomach.  I think it might be my gallbladder but I am afraid of a blockage because she is ordering this test.  Anyone have input I would apperiate it.

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   Posted 12/15/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I am thinking she might be ordering a small bowel follow thru. In this test you drink two cups of Barium and then at about 15-30 minute intervals they take xrays until the barium moves thru your small bowel. Very easy test.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted 12/15/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks I was really worried about it.

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   Posted 12/15/2008 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
SBFT should clearly show any narrowing or obstruction. If that is all ok, a gall bladder ultrasound and ejection fraction test would be wise.

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   Posted 12/15/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had a SBFT this morning. It's a relatively easy test, but it's still not fun. My body rejects the barium and makes me throw it up (this happens every time I have this test). I actually don't think it tastes that horrible, it's just really heavy (they let me dilute it with water though). In the end, I only had to drink one cup (rather than re-drink the first cup that came up) and my x-rays were fine! So, I'm not sure why they make us drink 2. Anyway, I'm the odd one out when it comes to difficulty with this test. As I was sitting there nauseous, 3 other people went before me and were just fine. The nice thing about this test is that as long as you drink a lot afterward, you will feel fine. Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.

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   Posted 12/15/2008 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes an obstructive series means taking a series of xrays, no barium to drink, unlike a SBFT.
When I've been sent for an obstructive series, which is many times, they took about 4/5 xrays, thats all.

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