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Debra Ann
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   Posted 7/5/2010 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw my GI last monday and he scheduled me for  a hydogen breath test.  Did anybody have one of these tests?  The nurse setting the test appt up told me the worst part of the whole thing was sitting at the office for 3 hours and going back to blow into something every 15 minutes.  He also told me that he is retiring at the end of the year.  He doesn't know if his partners will keep me on or if he was going to send me elsewhere.  He did mention Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland.
 
 
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RedSoxGirl85
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   Posted 7/5/2010 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a hydrogen breath test bacterial overgrowth not sure if it's the same thing. I had to drink some sugary orange drink and had to blow into a tube thing that collected into a bag every 15min for almost 3 hours. The worst part was the drink which wasn't even that gross. Just very sweet and at 8am wasn't my 1st choice. Got the results the same week. But if it is the same test not bad at all. Pretty simple and alot better then having to drink barium!
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tulipg17
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   Posted 7/5/2010 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Debra- are you in Maryland then? I am familiar with the Johns Hopkins system and they have been very good for me so far.

Debra Ann
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   Posted 7/5/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. No, I'm not in Maryland, I am in Pennsylvania. I have a cousin in Maryland and he talk very highly of Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland.

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 7/6/2010 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I guarantee you, at 8 AM to have to drink a sweet, sugary orange drink, I would upchuck it w/the first couple of sips!!!!!

There's been a couple of times, including right now, that we've strongly suspected bacterial overgrowth and I've just taken 10 days of an antibiotic, alternating w/a second antibiotic the first 10 days of the next month. I'm alternating Doxycillin and Amoxicillin. My gut usually responds well to antibiotics, unlike some crohnies. We've usually had to cotinue the regimen for several months. I respond well the first 10 days and then gradually by the end of the month symptoms return or are starting to return. We continue one month after the first month I have no symptoms between regimens.
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leysa
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   Posted 7/6/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I had this done awhile back. It was a piece of cake. The stuff I drank looked and tasted like water (but had whatever the magic ingredient was in it), and then I just hung out in the GI department for 3 hours and blew in a tube every now and then. Not a big deal at all, just bring a good book.
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Debra Ann
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   Posted 7/6/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. I will keep you posted.

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