CT Enterography?

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Bluize
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   Posted 4/23/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone have one?  How bad is it?
 
Was it more helpful for diagnosis and treatment?
 
I'm going in tomorrow.
Susan
 
28 years with Crohns in the term ileum.  Feb 07 Resection.  No meds currently..but there will be some I'm sure. Taking acidophilus.


Nanners
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   Posted 4/23/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I did one!! Pretty easy test. You have to drink some contrast stuff, not nasty like the barium and then they inject some dye in right before the test and the do the CT scan. My understanding is it shows a very good picture of the small bowel. It also shows alot of the abdomen, in fact it showed I had some plaque in my aortic artery. Eeek!

I cant do c-scopes anymore because my left side of my colon is adherred to my body cavity and he can't get the scope around the corner, so he was pleased with the results of the CT Enterography.

Good luck,
Gail*Nanners*
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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"*

Bluize
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   Posted 4/23/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
My new doc (Doogie in a skirt) tells me that they can see lymph glands, repro organs and everything in there. 
 
Ok, then why would I need a scope after?
 
Really trying to avoid taking more time off and the prep of a c-scope.
 
Their prep is just two miralax and of course the clears the day before which is so much better than before.
 
I'm nervous about this new test and the new doc and finding stuff I never knew I had.  I hope there's not some new thing going on that will surprise me.
Susan
 
28 years with Crohns in the term ileum.  Feb 07 Resection.  No meds currently..but there will be some I'm sure. Taking acidophilus.


lamb61
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   Posted 4/23/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I had one in January and it's not bad. Drinking the contrast took way longer than the scan, it literally lasted minutes. The scope might be so they can take biopsies if needed. I can't blame you for wanting to skip the prep YUK! Good luck, this is one test that's not bad at all.
 


Bluize
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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Well that sucked.
 
can I say that?
 
They were confused about the test.  They didn't think I needed this test although my doc ordered it.  So I blew 30 minutes having them figure it out.
 
Then drinking the stuff which went throough me.  Then I go get changed and they leave me to wait another 20 minutes to be taken in because the power surged and they had to re-boot the machine.
 
On the table, the tech couldn't get in my left arm so they had to go in my right arm..that took a while.  I guess I was somewhat dehydrated from just drinking the barium sulfate.
 
On the table in a freezing cold room with a tech who had the personality of a grapefruit.  She left me on that table way too long.  Also she asked me if I drank all the barium.  Of course, do you think I really want to do this again and waste my time?  It went right through me (and it's still going throug me).  I told them that they waited too long.
 
It's like the never work with crohn's patients?
 
My anxiety was at an all time high!
 
 
Susan
 
28 years with Crohns in the term ileum.  Feb 07 Resection.  No meds currently..but there will be some I'm sure. Taking acidophilus.


Nanners
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   Posted 4/24/2009 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Bluize I pretty much had the same experience as you. I have sucky viens, and got poked like 5 times. I was so glad to have the test over, but honestly it wasnt a bad test, it was more all the crap I went thru before they did it that was stressful for me. (((HUGS)))
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"*

Bluize
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   Posted 4/24/2009 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Lets just hope the doc can see what she needs to see and can get me on something that works.
 
I think the plan is going to be the same regardless of the films.
 
If I have a fistula or an abscess...antibiotics...possibly remi.
 
Ugh..I'm physically and mentally exhausted from this.
 
I hope I don't have anything but inflammation.
Susan
 
28 years with Crohns in the term ileum.  Feb 07 Resection.  No meds currently..but there will be some I'm sure. Taking acidophilus.


annyb
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   Posted 4/24/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had one of these tests.  The drinking of the contrast was NASTY!  It kept coming back up.  yummy!  But overall the test was not bad.  Much better than an upper GI.  My only complaint is that they try to flavor the contrast barium.  Can't someone just make it taste like nothing.
Crohn's Disease - 29 years
Diagnosed at age 10 in 1979
1st ileosecal resection 1989
2nd colon resection 1993
Chronic "D" and arthritis
Chronic rectal stricture with colonoscopy every 3 months to dialate
Insomnia since 1980 - I love my ambien!
 
SCUBA diver, Master's degree student, college graduate, Pet therapist
 

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