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   Posted 9/11/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I saw the GI today and due to my symptoms (as noted in the post titled "do my symptoms indicate colon/rectal involvement") he ordered a small bowel follow through. He feels my symptoms might actually indicate more small bowel involvement than just the ileo-cecal area. So, any tips or suggestions from those who have already had this test would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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40 mgs for week 1, 30 mgs for week 2, 20 mgs for week 3, then 10 mgs for week 4 (done on 8/22).
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   Posted 9/11/2007 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   

I had one. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids afterward otherwise the barium might cause some constipation problems. Here's a good description of the test procedure:

Small Bowel Follow Through at U of W.

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   Posted 9/11/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I totally are with Ideas drink plenty of water after the test.
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I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
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   Posted 9/11/2007 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Bring a good book to read in between while you wait to do films.

Also, I hold my nose when I drink the barium.  It seems to help my gag reflex.  The stuff is so thick and chalky.

Good luck.  It really isn't all that bad.  I have had many!


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   Posted 9/11/2007 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
A good book or magazine, it can take a couple of hours. Good luck!
Symptoms Of Crohn's June of '06 (21 years old 285lbs). Colonoscopy in Jan '07 no sign of Crohn's.
Surgery for a Fistula in April '07, diagnosed suggestive Crohn's in May '07. August '07 small bowel follow
through, diagnosed with Crohn's (22 years old 160lbs). On HUMIRA, Prednisone

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   Posted 9/12/2007 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
It was a very easy test I was out in about 3hrs. I slept in between pictures. They gave me warm blankets and such.

GL and drink lots of water AFTER the procedure nothing before.

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength

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   Posted 9/12/2007 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Not a hard procedure to go threw except getting rid of the barium after took me a long time to get rid of it but other's might not have had that problem just had to drink water and then I had more clean out for barium enenema .Keep in touch and let us know how things go lol gail

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   Posted 9/12/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Bring a towel or paper towel for your tongue. Really this helped me a lot. I would wipe my tongue off after each time I took a drank of the barium. I have a huge gag reflex and this made it very easy to get the stuff down and no gagging and very little taste
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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