Whats the SBFT like???

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PiaSava
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   Posted 10/15/2007 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys...
 
Haven't been here for a while and whatever sort of IBD I have is mild. I am going to have a SBFT soon tho. My GI wants to see if I have any inflammation to support the Crohn's theory.
 
Anyhow.. I just finished reading the instructions that were sent to me for the prep. and x-ray. It said that it could take a real long time.. like 4-6 hours!!!
 
Was hoping someone could explain what its like... Those instructions have me kinda nervous. I hate the prep, and I know I have to drink barrium (ewwww).
 
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
 
 
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dustspeck
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   Posted 10/15/2007 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
the barium for the sbft is a little different, more chalky than the ct scan barium. you won't have to drink as much though. mine moved really quick, i was at the hospital just under 2 hours. wear comfy shoes! stupid me wore my heals cause i was going to work and i had to hang out in the waiting room with my double jonny and my cute little black shoes. :) just make sure you drink lots of water afterwards cause it turns into cement in your bowels and you need to clear it out.

hope that helped and good luck!
.: stephanie :.
32 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
currently taking 30mg prednisone, 4000mg pentasa daily & vicodin for pain


Nanners
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   Posted 10/15/2007 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
When I have had SBFT's I have NEVER had to do a prep. I just had nothing by mouth after midnight. You drink 2 glasses of barium and about every 15 min they take a xray until the barium moves thru your system. Drink lots of water afterwards, sometimes you might need to take Milk of Magnesia to help it move out.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


Malibu05
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   Posted 10/15/2007 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I had one about a month ago and it took me about 2 and half hours. I would get up and walk around the hospital, up and down the halls and stuff, and then it started moving pretty quickly. The barium didn't taste too awfully bad but I would reccomend that once you start drinking it, try not to stop until its all gone. Good luck!

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 10/15/2007 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah never had to do prep...my record 1/2 hour from 1st xray
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rootsmith
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   Posted 10/15/2007 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
No prep here either, just nothing by mouth after midnight. I had to drink two huge containers of barium and it was disgusting. I don't think I'd ever agree to do that again. Within an hour after I drank it the xrays were done (the radiologist looks at the barium going through your gut while you are on the table. I don't remember if films were also taken) It was exiting soon after.

Piasava- what do you mean by "crohn's theory?" I'm curious to know your situation, how you were diagnosed, etc
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft


Marie-Claire
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   Posted 10/16/2007 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
No prep for me either...nothing after midnight...then the barium drinks the next day. It took all morning and well into the afternoon for me. I had strictures , and I've always been more Constipated with my crohns than diarhetic so it took forever for the barium to make its way through. Mind you once it got past the strictures and got started , it gave me a real "run for my money".
Do drink lots of water after you get home. And don't freak at seeing white poops ...they come with the territory.
I think from beginning to end I was at the hospital for a good 5 hours.
Good luck with your test...let us know how it goes!.
Mary
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.
 
 


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 10/16/2007 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I get to have one in ealry November! No there is no prep---like everyone else said just nothing by mouth by midnight the night before.
My favorite recommendation is a trick I learned the last time. I took paper towel with me. After every big swig of the barium, I would wipe my tongue off. It made it easier to handle the taste and I have an awful gag reflex.
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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Nanners
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   Posted 10/16/2007 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
To add to Habs post, I always ask for a wet washcloth so that after every drink I can wipe my mouth and tongue.  It actually helps.

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


Sniper
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   Posted 10/16/2007 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Pretend it is a big chocolate shake. Yeh, Right..
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rootsmith
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   Posted 10/16/2007 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Mine was thick and white and chalky. While drinking one I got to look at the other waiting for me to drink it too. I had to drink these in the ladies changing room with one other woman waiting for her xray. She looked very uncomfortable as I grimaced with every gulp. She probably thought I was going to barf.
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft


chelsea_doll
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   Posted 10/16/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I suggest getting the straw and putting it as far back in ur mouth as u can that way not as much touches your tongue therefore less taste. Unfortuantly I figured out this trick too late ( the end of the second glass) lol

jdiane
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   Posted 10/16/2007 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, the stuff is nasty, but I'm usually so freaking hungry by the time they give it to me, it's never as bad as I remember....... I hold my nose and chug while walking. I try and get it down as fast as I can. Yeah, the more you walk the fast it moves thru.... walk walk walk.

Definatley after drink drink drink, if not you'll have white cement poo for a week!

Once I had a SBFT immediately following a colonoscopy..... now that was bad. Still woozy from all the drugs and having to drink that stuff. Needless to say, it didn't stay down long! Ick!
 
 


rootsmith
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   Posted 10/16/2007 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Its not just the taste and consistency. its so heavy in your gut it causes pain At least it did for me. I was lying on the table with my RLQ aching and the radiologist telling me how "everything looks very pretty inside"
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft


PiaSava
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   Posted 10/17/2007 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you all for your replies... I am so NOT looking forward to this. I read the letter again and it says prep! Think I am going to give them a call just to make sure... The prep is the worst part for me.

Pretend it is a big chocolate shake. Yeh, Right..

Haha... wish I could!!

Piasava- what do you mean by "crohn's theory?" I'm curious to know your situation, how you were diagnosed, etc

Was diagnosed by colonscopy last summer. They found diverticulas as well as scattered ulcers thru the whole colon, but since I had no bowel problems what so ever before this I was diagnosed with infectious colitis. Three months later I was still having small problems (running to the bathroom 4-5 times a day, but with no pain or blood), so they decided to put me on Asacol. In the meantime, I developed hypothyroidism leading to constipation, so I took myself off the Asacol. I am still going anywhere between 2-5 times a day. I guess I have a mild case, because I don't relate to alot of the problems that are discussed on the boards. I have never bled or had pain with my bm's. I have pain in my URQ, and sometimes I have sharp but mild pains in the middle of my stomach.

 

Thanks again everyone... I will be thinking of you all when drinking my barrium!

 

 


Chrons - Aug 06
Hypothyriodism - November 06 
Hypertension - March 07
PCOS - July 07


thenay
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   Posted 10/18/2007 1:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck, I've a sbft before, it's not bad. I drank the stuff and waited an hr and they did the exam.
They pushed on my stomach and stuff to move it around, kinda uncomf but once its done it's all good.
The "drink" taste odd, but it's nothing like that junk you gotta drink for the colonoscopy, it's way better and easier.
Don't be scared if you poop white the day of or the day after your exam, it's normal. Kinda odd and cool to see, weird I know, lol


DX with CD at 22 (23 now)
Tried Pentasa and Entocort, worked for a yr and a bit
Now on prednisone 40mg and going crazy!

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