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MayOK
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   Posted 6/28/2010 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
So I had a CT scan this morning.  Had to drink 2 450 mL containers of barium.  Now I have a wicked case of D and cramping, gas, bloating.  Is this a coincidence?  I'm not pooping white yet, but within 2 hours of drinking it, my insides got all messed-up feeling.  I was afraid I wouldn't make it through the scan, LOL.
 
 

tulipg17
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   Posted 6/28/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Was it a CT or a bowel follow through? I've had to drink barium for a small bowel follow through and it was very unsettling in my system. The last time I had one I ended up with an obstruction the very next day- maybe not a coincidence. I thought for a CT you just had to drink a contrast, which I never had a problem with at all.

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   Posted 6/28/2010 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep that sounds about right for the prep. That stuff is pretty rough. Plus you have to drink so much of it no wonder the gut doesn't like it.

MayOK
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   Posted 6/28/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I was told it was a CT scan but the contrast I had to drink was a Barium Sulfate solution. The reason for the scan is to check out a presumed hemangioma on my liver that an ultrasound spotted. My GP ordered this but I wasn't sure if my GI asked them to make me drink the barium since I was going to be getting this done anyway. Is drinking barium not standard with abdominal CT scans? So yeah, I'm not sure, all I know is that I atleast had a CT scan. They took a few pictures without IV iodine contrast and a few with.

Is a small bowel follow-through more in-depth than that?

MayOK
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   Posted 6/28/2010 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay I just read about SBFT. I definitely did not have that done. I was out in about 30 minutes.

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   Posted 6/28/2010 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
The stuff you drink for a regular CT is barium just not as thick as the stuff you have to drink for SBFT. I had one on Memorial Day weekend, it messed me up for a full week. That stuff is nasty and so rough on your system.
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tulipg17
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   Posted 6/28/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh ok thanks for clairifying for me. I've had 6 CT scans in the past year and I never knew they were giving me barium in the contrast! I never knew what was in it. I've never had any problem with that stuff thankfully. Hopefully your issues will resolve as it passes through your system.

RedSoxGirl85
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   Posted 6/28/2010 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Make sure you drink LOTS of water! The water will help make it pass through your system and it will also help so you don't get constipated from the thick barium.
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MayOK
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   Posted 6/28/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the tip. I will start that right now.

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   Posted 6/28/2010 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
MayOK I did a CT Enterography about 2-3 weeks ago and the barium contrast I had to drink really tore up my guts too. If its any comfort you will start feeling better in a day or two. I was so glad I decided not to go back to work after mine, it would have made for a miserable day. Do drinks lots of water to flush that gunk out of you. Hugs!
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   Posted 6/28/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a CT scan done about a month ago and I got extremely sick following it...lots of cramping, pain and D. I made the mistake of being a little bit more liberal with my diet directly after (is/was in remission), so I'd recommend you stick to safe foods until everything starts to feel better.

I started getting symptoms of a flare a few days after the CT scan, tried a liquid diet for a week and my doctor put me on prednisone to, hopefully, get everything under control.

So please take care of yourself! And FEEL BETTER! :)
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MayOK
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   Posted 6/28/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, the D has subsided somewhat, but now I have a wicked case of gas. I am chugging the water to get this stuff through me as quickly as possible.

If I had CT scan to check out my liver, does that mean that they won't see anything with my intestines? Is CT Enterography a specific type of scan or is that just a general name?

Nanners
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   Posted 6/28/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
A Ct Enterography takes pictures of your whole abdomen. Was your CT scan an abdominal scan? If so, it will see most of your abdominal organs I think. My CT Enterography showed my Crohns was in great shape, but they found a tumor on my kidney that I will be having surgery on next week. Thank God I did this test, or I wouldn't have found the tumor as quickly as I did. Good luck with your results:)
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MayOK
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   Posted 6/28/2010 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it was an abdominal scan. I have a spot on my liver they are checking out. Isn't it lovely what they find unintentionally? Although I guess better sooner than later if it ends up being anything complicated.

I hope your surgery goes well, Gail.

Thanks for your well wishes.

pam222
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   Posted 6/28/2010 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I refuse the contrast now
Last time I had a small bowel follow through was when I ended up with a fistula and the barium pouring out the vagina was very, very painful, so I am scared of it now. Also, after they put in another ostomy because of the fistula, that barium was still stuck in my pouch for weeks after...they went in for exploratory surgery to see if the fistula was gone and they were still scraping the barium out. Ugh. I just won't use it.
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1/25/10 Stoma Revision Surgery; 3/30/10 Takedown again; 6/9/10 Scope and Biopsy--Diagnosed with Crohns Disease (maybe...)
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MayOK
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   Posted 6/29/2010 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
That sounds terrible, Pam222! At least I know what to expect in the event I have to have another one at any point. Sounds like none of this is a coincidence at all.

How long does it take to get results? Or is that totally up to involved doctors?

mdf34
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   Posted 6/29/2010 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
They gave my results to my GI who then called me.
 
I had an unusual day for mine.  I wasn't given the stuff to drink early enough.  I got the stuff and got sent to another clinic.  And yes, I did not make it right home.  Stopped at the Denny's right next store to get my breakfast at 4pm and didn't get to leave there til about 6.  And it was a worrisome ride home as I was 45 minutes away.
 
So yes, that light barium contrast (mine kinda tasted/smelled like apples) will give you an upset tummy.
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MayOK
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   Posted 6/29/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Poor you! That must have been terrible! I would have been panicking if I hadn't been 5 minutes from home. I almost had to tell them to hurry it up when I was waiting in the waiting room b/c my stomach was already starting to give me fits. Thankfully they called me back quickly and the test took all of 10-15 minutes, 20 at the most.

MayOK
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   Posted 6/29/2010 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
So I have another question I was thinking about. I am not diagnosed as a crohnie, basically i have these bouts of diarrhea and cramping that usually (90% of the time) occur within an hour or so of a meal. the cramping starts, then soon after i'm on the toilet for a while. Since the barium gave me d within 2 hours, this *seemed* to confirm my ongoing thought process all this time that "it must have been what I ate." this was before i ever went to a doctor. How is this possible, though? transit time through the small bowel is longer than 2 hours; my pill cam took 4 1/2 hours to make it through. I still haven't seen any white bms, so I'm assuming it's still up in there somewhere. but i don't get how something that hasn't even made it all the way through can cause issues of the lower gi sort so quickly. anyone have any thoughts on this? just something i was thinking about.

mdf34
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   Posted 6/29/2010 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
That "light" barium we drank for that test didn't turn anything white for me...........I don't think there is enough there to do that.  But don't forget, you had to fast before the test so there would be nothing in the small bowel.  You drank that stuff and then later had to spend a lot of time in the bathroom.  It probably went away then.
 
The food probably causing your problems (my opinion) is from your previous meal.  I was associating my most recent meals with my pains, then it turned out it was what I had eaten previously.  I didn't keep a food diary, but I had such a regular diet on my work days and non work days that the situation soon presented itself.  I think it will also depend on where your inflammation turns out to be located.
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MayOK
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   Posted 6/29/2010 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My only inflammation has turned out to be esophagitis and gastritis, for which i have no symptoms (in my mind). I haven't been dxed with Crohns. My GI chased it for a little while b/c of the Prometheus results being positive, but I got my CT results and nothing is amiss with my intestines. And my hemangioma is confirmed as such and hasn't gotten bigger. So i'm sure I'll get the ibs dx when i see him for my follow-up in a couple weeks.

So you mean, like if I cramp up after dinner, it's likely lunch that's the culprit? Interesting. I tried the food diary but nothing showed up. Plus my guts have been relatively quiet until last week, when I had several bad days in a row, which is unusual for me.

mdf34
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   Posted 6/30/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a longer reply for this but encountered a server error here when I posted it and it was lost.  I will try to retype it again later today when i get up.
 
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MayOK
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   Posted 6/30/2010 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
No problem. I hate when that happens. Drives me nuts.
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