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CazUK
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   Posted 1/27/2009 4:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all
 
I'm having a sigmoidoscopy in a couple of weeks which I haven't had before.  Usually I have the full colonoscopy and have to do the prep with senna granules and Picolax (yuck).
 
Just wanted to ask what the experience of a barium enema is like as I have to do that as prep for the sigmoidoscopy.  I've opted to have them do it in the hospital because I'm not confident about doing it at home.
 
Not really worried about the embarrassment factor, I've gotten over that, just wondering if it is painful etc.
 
Thanks, C
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in Sept 05 aged 24


Resection in Nov 06


Currently taking 125mg azathioprine, 40mg prednisolone, multivitamin, probiotics and omega 3
 
Previously taken Entocort, Flagyl, Cipro, Pentasa


Nanners
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   Posted 1/27/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Its not painful, but it is uncomfortable. The put barium into your rectum and turn you every which way and take pictures. I would be sure to stay near a bathroom afterwards because that barium will be coming out for awhile. The really hard part of the test is holding in the barium.

I will be honest with you, I refuse that test now. It makes me sicker, just doing it.

I wish you luck with the test.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

ERANJO
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   Posted 1/27/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG....that was the worst test ever. As Gail said, it is not painful, it is BEYOND uncomfortable...I told my GI doctor that I will NEVER have that teat done again. Sorry, I am sure you were looking for better news, but thats the truth...

Kelly

munchkin81
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   Posted 1/27/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I would have to agree with the other posts.  I will tolerate a lot.  Have had so many tests, but that one I will NOT do again.  I actually was in a bit of pain.  Not sure if there are different kinds.  Mine was an air-contrast barium enema.  They filled me up with air and then pumped in the barium.  The air hurt.  I'm sorry. 
Munchkin 81
27 year old female.  DX June 2007.
abscess Nov. 2006 - drain and surgery
Resection 11/07
Resection 4/08
on Remicade...off Remicade.  reaction during 4th infusion
on Humira
 


CazUK
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   Posted 1/27/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh no! Thanks for the honesty, at least I know what to expect/dread now.
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in Sept 05 aged 24


Resection in Nov 06


Currently taking 125mg azathioprine, 40mg prednisolone, multivitamin, probiotics and omega 3
 
Previously taken Entocort, Flagyl, Cipro, Pentasa


Bammer
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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   

I have had three sigmoidoscopies in last 18 months and endoscopic ultrasound last week. Prep was always 2 Rectal Fleet enemas administerd two hours before procedure. Don't know what more using barium will show?

Good luck.


55 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
 Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.


sammies
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   Posted 1/27/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a hydro peg (ie. dyed water-like barium) barium enema directly after my colonoscopy. They were fearing obstruction so went with the thinner fluid. Because I have such terrible anal tags and hemmies, the radiologist used a catherer to get the liquid in. It was quite unpleasant but it was very fast. They say they can't give you demerol or put you out b/c they need to have you move---but maybe they can give you a xanax or two? It doesn't hurt to ask right?

B/c mine was hydro it poured out---but then kept pouring. My goodness! I had an hour drive home and we had to stop quite a bit.

Years ago, I had the regular barium enema, while uncomfortable, it wasn't terrible. I didn't have a ton of activity in my colon at that time. I think the discomfort may be based on if you have ulcers and stricture (which I do).

Best of luck to you!!!
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa; started humira 7/1/08;codeine for D; sometimes supplements: MSM, e, selenium, C, B complex, multi, iron; recent meds to get through til surgery include propranolol and xanax


78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 1/27/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a barium enema and if any Doctor ever suggests that again I will either run the other direction or try to take out their knee-caps with a few well-placed kicks.
It was the single most excruciatingly painful experience of my life.

The BE was performed while I was in a terrible flare. Anything in my colon triggered the colon and abdomen to cramp up and try to push whatever was in there, out. Even just the inflamation of the colon walls was enough to trigger that uncontrollable spasming response. For my BE they used some sort of 'ball' thing that ballooned up and completely blocked my rectum. Through the center of that was the small hose they used to pump in the barium solution. That stuff hit my colon and of course my colon said "Everyone out! NOW!" and proceeded to cramp up and try to push everything out, but that ball-balloon prevented anything from going anywhere. Imagine a half full tube of toothpaste with the cap on and your fist squeezing in the middle, the fluid just flowing to either side, no matter where the grip is.

I felt bloated with 'waste' that my poor body was trying madly, and in vain, to get rid of and it could go nowhere. I remember gripping the sides of the tilting table with white knuckles and taking fast and shallow breaths because I could not breathe normally. I don't think I could classify it as 'pain', but it was certainly almost extremely unbearable discomfort. Meanwhile, my body and colon were cramping and trying to eliminate the fluid in there and I am surprised I didn't "pop". I do feel that ball-balloon damaged some of my anal sphincter muscles. It was probably three years before I felt I had no more issues from that BE.
That is an experience I will try to avoid repeating at all costs in the future.
Heidi

...I do think if you are not experienceing problems (ulcers, inflamation, strictures and such) that it should only be mildly uncomfortable and not as painful an experience as I had.


I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.

Post Edited (78SilvAnniv) : 1/27/2009 9:25:14 PM (GMT-7)


Nanners
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   Posted 1/28/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I just think there are more advanced tests than this one. I kinda think its a worthless test now that we have c-soopes, CT Enterography and SBFT. JMHO
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

CazUK
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   Posted 1/28/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I've done the barium follow through before which was bad enough. Thanks for all your replies. I'll let you know how I get on (my test isn't until 10th Feb).
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in Sept 05 aged 24


Resection in Nov 06


Currently taking 125mg azathioprine, 40mg prednisolone, multivitamin, probiotics and omega 3
 
Previously taken Entocort, Flagyl, Cipro, Pentasa


nruth
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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had one for many years, but I can tell you that you have to be very careful to get rid of the barium because it can and will solidify into concrete if any remains in the colon. This happened to me and a couple of other people I know, and it is an experience you definitely do not want to share.

gachrons
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   Posted 1/28/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I did not have problems with the barium enenma test it wasn't too bad for me .Good luck with your test..lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 1/28/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
barium enema's should be outlawed by the Genova convention as cruel and unusual punishment and torture. there should be laws against it. i'd rather shove ice picks under my toe nails than go through that again.

i've had a sigmoidoscopy several times and i never had a barium enema for it. normally just fasting and a fleet enema right before the exam....
Crazy Harry

---------------------------------------------
Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


bella3250
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   Posted 1/28/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
oh my god.  i've had a barrium enema one time and that will be the only time.  that is the worst test ever.  whoever invented that test must have hated mankind.  if there is any other option i would do that.  i would rather chop off my foot and shove it up my but than do that test.  just thought i'd share that  with you.  hope all is well.

Jen77
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   Posted 1/28/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I did it once, it was pretty bad. Like this extreme pressure and wanting to go, but you can't. For me it hurt like bad gas pains. Then being in the bathroom for that long to expell this nasty white stuff. Just awful. Won't do it again either, and I'd never agree to a sigmoidoscopy. I don't go for being awake for such a thing.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Lexapro.


pb4
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   Posted 1/28/2009 11:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Caz81 said...
Hi all
 
I'm having a sigmoidoscopy in a couple of weeks which I haven't had before.  Usually I have the full colonoscopy and have to do the prep with senna granules and Picolax (yuck).
 
Just wanted to ask what the experience of a barium enema is like as I have to do that as prep for the sigmoidoscopy.  I've opted to have them do it in the hospital because I'm not confident about doing it at home.
 
Not really worried about the embarrassment factor, I've gotten over that, just wondering if it is painful etc.
 
Thanks, C

I think that there is some confusion with the replies because you mentioned barium enema, doing the barium test is when you have to drink MOM (milk of magnesia) and then they take xrays as it's going through you, you do not do this as a prep for a sigmoidoscopy...for a sigmoidoscopy you do a fleet enema which you insert into your anus to clear out your sigmoid colon (which you're opting to have them do it for you at the hospital instead of you doing it at home), it's uncomfortable because you have to hold it in as long as possible and the urges you get to evacuate are very strong from the enema...it doesn't necessarily hurt, it's just rather uncomfortable holding back when the strong urge hits so hard.
 
:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Jen77
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   Posted 1/29/2009 1:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Well the barium enema is different in that you don't drink it, they put a tube in your anus and then they pump the barium up in to you. If your having air they pump the air in too. That is where it doesn't feel good (and painful for some). This is to look at the colon, when you drink it your really looking at the small intestines.
 
But yes if your just having a regular enema to clean out for the sig test, then that is completely different. That I've had many times and really no big deal.


~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Lexapro.


CazUK
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   Posted 1/29/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. I am a bit confused now, as all the paperwork says that it is a barium enema I am having, but the description of it sounds more like a fleet enema from what you're all saying!

The sigmoidoscopy is definitely to look at my colon, which is badly inflamed at the moment.
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in Sept 05 aged 24


Resection in Nov 06


Currently taking 125mg azathioprine, 40mg prednisolone, multivitamin, probiotics and omega 3
 
Previously taken Entocort, Flagyl, Cipro, Pentasa


catpower
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   Posted 1/29/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are having a regular sigmoidoscopy, with the Fleets enema prep, I've had that and for me it was a breeze. I felt a little pressure, but for me it's one of the easier tests out there. If you are getting a barium enema, good luck (it's the exact opposite of pleasant).
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.


gachrons
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   Posted 1/29/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Caz If you are not sure what your preparation is, call your hospital and ask .Did you get a paper telling you how to prepare for it usually the Dr. 's office will give you one. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail

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