Ugh, barium x-ray was not pleasant

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vitaka
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   Posted 9/18/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
So I had a barium x-ray today, my first in 6+ years and the first time it for the entire small intestines. First of all, that barium drink will never taste good! I think I had to drink about 20oz in 5 minutes and I barely got it down without throwing it up. Then I ask the nurse about how long it will take for the barium to get to the large intestine. Her reply? Anywhere from 1 to 6 hours. Not very helpful!

Unfortunately, my intestines were a bit on the slower side - it took a full 3 hours for the barium to get to the large intestine. The nurse told me to walk between check-ups, which made me lightheaded. Not fun. And then for the x-rays, the nurse used this strange paddle to move my intestines around, which hurt a fair amount.

Anyway, I guess I'm not even sure what the x-ray is going to show. I had a colonoscopy/upper endoscopy last week and everything can back clean except for some minor inflammation of my stomach. I won't find out about the results from the x-ray until next Thursday. I hate this feeling - I almost want something to be wrong so I can know I'm not crazy. If everything looks good from the x-ray, then what is the next step? I'm certainly not on death's door, but I know I'm not healthy. Thank goodness for the prednisone - that's taken my joint pain from nearly debilitating to barely noticeable, but I can't stay on pred forever. And the pred hasn't touched my nausea, which I have pretty much every morning.

Sometimes I really hate this disease.
29f, PhD student, diagnosed with Crohn's ileocolitis in 2/06.
During the summer of 2006, I completed the Adacolumn Apheresis clinical trial, which helped me enjoy 2+ years of remission and more than one year med-free. During spring and summer of 2009 the symptoms slowly but surely began to return, and now I'm flaring again.
Colonoscopy/endoscopy scheduled for 9/10; barium X-ray scheduled for 9/18
Currently taking: 4g Pentasa, 20mg prednisone, 150mg Trazadone, multivitamin, vitamin D supplement

Post Edited (Vitak) : 9/18/2009 7:10:10 PM (GMT-6)


pillpopper
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   Posted 9/18/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Vitak,
Sorry the barium is so awful for you.
I'm the total opposite,I enjoy the process.
Sometimes I get the chance to mess with them
when they look for bowel that's no longer there.
(they call in the Doctor on duty)
And I'm super super fast,If you know what I mean...
B-12injections,Pentasa,Loperamide,Entocort,6mp,Hydrochlorothiazide,8 week
Remicade,vitamin-D,Terbinafine,
Remission since surgery
and 8-week Remicade.


spookyh
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   Posted 9/18/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
In the future, see if you can get a CT Enterography. You still have to drink a lot, but it's thin like water (although it still has a bit of an ugly flavor) and you can drink all but half a cup at home. Once you get to the clinic, you chug the last half cup and immediately get scanned. It's so much easier than the old barium rigmarole! Plus, the scan lights up the rest of your organs too, so they can see if there is something abnormal in things other than the intestines.

I too always had a slow system with the barium. I was always walking walking walking for at least 4 hours before it made it's way through. You have my sympathies!
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


Brude3
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   Posted 9/18/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Just did this yesterday. Started 8:45 was'nt done till 12:20. They let me go at 11:00 to have bkf which was nice. Last time in 02 it was so slow they gave up. I'm lucky I don't mind the taste. Don't care for the little crystals though.
Diagnosed 2002. Remicade and 6mp since then. Have a bladder fistula thats been bad since June 09.


ivy6
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   Posted 9/18/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Bear in mind, though:

* an x-ray gives exposes you to the amount of radiation you'd normally receive, from background radiation, in about three days
* a c/t exposes you to the amount of radiation you'd normally receive in three *years*. There's (I read recently) a 1/1100 chance of developing cancer from the radiation you get from a c/t scan, and that's why there's general pressure on doctors to only do them when absolutely necessary.

Ivy.
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Rider Fan
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   Posted 9/18/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I can certainly relate. I'm always the last person to leave the x-ray area because my motility is so slow. I hope they find some answers for you...

Mike
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


chrisnsteph1022
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   Posted 9/18/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally understand wanting them to find something wrong. I was the same way with my scope a couple weeks ago. Hubby says I cursed at the nurse when they said the scope was clean (I react funny to anesthesia). I was upset because it meant no answers. I was actually relieved when the biopsies were positive for CD because I felt like everyone thought it was in my head. Even though I was diagnosed several years ago. Hang in there.
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission from 11/2003 to 7/2009
omeprazole 40mg, zoloft 100mg, apriso 1500mg, dicyclomine 3/day
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, re-diagnosed with bipolar I 9/09
Apparently allergic to lamictal...waiting on next rx


spookyh
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   Posted 9/18/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Rider Fan said...
I can certainly relate. I'm always the last person to leave the x-ray area because my motility is so slow. I hope they find some answers for you...

Mike


The last time I had it done, all the doctors and techs went to lunch while I sat there waiting for the barium to move. I had no idea that so many crohn's people had such slow systems!
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


Nanners
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   Posted 9/19/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Vitak,

With your bad morning nausea, I won't be surprised if they find a stricture in there. Make sure you drink lots of water too to flush that yucky barium out of your system. Good luck and keep us posted about the results.

Hugs
Gail*Nanners*
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
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vitaka
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   Posted 9/20/2009 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

Quick question: How concerned should I be that it has been nearly three full days since my procedure and I haven't passed any of the barium yet? I have only had a couple very small BMs since Friday and they were all normal in color. I'm staying well hydrated but nothing yet.

I'm going to call my GI's office in the morning, but wasn't sure how serious of an issue it was that all that barium goodness is still inside me.
29f, PhD student, diagnosed with Crohn's ileocolitis in 2/06.
During the summer of 2006, I completed the Adacolumn Apheresis clinical trial, which helped me enjoy 2+ years of remission and more than one year med-free. During spring and summer of 2009 the symptoms slowly but surely began to return, and now I'm flaring again.
Colonoscopy/endoscopy scheduled for 9/10; barium X-ray scheduled for 9/18
Currently taking: 4g Pentasa, 20mg prednisone, 150mg Trazadone, multivitamin, vitamin D supplement


Keeper
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   Posted 9/20/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
You should be taking something to move that barium. I took some milk of magnesia the same day and let it work overnight. Constipation after barium is pretty common and they really should tell you about it before they send you home.

As an aside - all these people with slow transit times - isn't that a contributing factor to SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)? Maybe more of the symptoms of CD are from SIBO than was thought...

spookyh
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   Posted 9/20/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Since I started SCD, my 4 day transit has become a 2 day transit. So, my slow system could definitely have been bacteria related.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


pimfram
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   Posted 9/20/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember having a barium x-ray during a hospital say. The drink was pretty nasty and chalky, and I remember those paddle thingies, those weren't much fun. But I did get to look at the monitor, and that was pretty cool.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

Amor fati - Nietzsche

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