UPDATE: GI Dr. Visit today!

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GAWZ
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   Posted 10/17/2005 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Went to my GI with problems stated in the previous posts last week.  I have to go for a breath test for lactose intoler. and Small Bowell Series XRAYs.  I also got a RX for Levsin S/L.  Quick dissolving tabs.  Anyone have any of the above tests?  Will I be able to go to work later on in the day from those 2 tests?  What are the side effects to the Barium you have to drink for the xrays and what are the side effects for the lactose you haev to drink for the breath tests?  The Doc was not worried about my gall bladder at this time.  He said my symptoms would be worse.  Thanks for all the info.  Just an update.  Also I was wondering if there was an easier test than the breath test - so I dont have to call off work for an entire day just to blow up balloons.

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   Posted 10/17/2005 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Gawz, the small bowel series is icky, but shouldn't take too long (although it really depends on how fast your system is).  You'll drink 2-3 cups of chalky-tasting barium.  They'll start taking x-rays about 15-30 minutes after you drink it, and every 15-30 minutes after that until the barium reaches your colon.  For me, it only took the barium about 30 minutes to get into my colon, but that's almost crazy fast.  For others it can take up to four hours!  So bring a book to pass the time!

After the procedure, you will be crapping "ghost poo" for a few days afterwards.  It's white.  Creepy-looking.  Drink plenty of water and eat lots of high-fiber foods to get that stuff out.  Yuck!

As far as the breath test goes, I've never had one of those.  From what I've heard, it's a simple test and quick to boot.  Good luck with both tests!


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   Posted 10/17/2005 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi GAWZ,
I haven't had these tests but it sounds like your doctor is checking for something in your upper GI area. Has he told you what he suspects is the problem? I have done a barium swallow before so I can tell you about the barium. Its very chalky and thick and you have to drink it kind of fast but for me it wasn't too bad. I know they have different flavors but I had the option of no flavor which I think was best for me. I know Sarita has had many extensive tests which I'm sure that she has had at least one of these so I hope she comes along to share her experience. Let us know how it goes :)
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   Posted 10/17/2005 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Oops, kind of posted at the same time... LOL
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GAWZ
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   Posted 10/17/2005 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
OK thanks for your help.

Sarita - is this "ghost" poo like D? Or will it be normal. Should I take it on a friday to have a few recovery days? Thanks for your help.

Also what can this SBS rule out or diagnose?

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   Posted 10/17/2005 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Make sure you drink lots and lots of water to clean all of the barium out... VERY VERY important... can cause problems if you don't get it all out, it tends to harden.
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GAWZ
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   Posted 10/17/2005 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
He didnt tell me what he thinks the problem is - he just said that "We have looked and tested for just about everything"

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   Posted 10/17/2005 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Gawz, the consistency of the ghost poo will depend on what kind of day you're having.  I found the barium to have a sort of constipating effect, which is a relief for me, since I have the big D between 5-10 times every day.  I had formed ghost poos for about two days; for some people, it will take longer for the barium to come out.  Drink and drink and drink as much as you can.  You won't feel any discomfort after the procedure; I went straight back to work when I was finished.  It's very easy. 

The SBFT can illuminate abnormalities such as bowel wall thickening, strictures (narrowing), and other signs of inflammation.  If it's negative, that's a good indication it's not inflammatory bowel disease.  Unfortunately, there can be some false positive results.  For instance, the radiologist who read mine said that I had thickened duodenal folds.  Some GIs say that can be a presentation of Crohn's disease or other inflammatory process, while my GI up here told me that it was a non-specific finding that probably meant nothing.  A little confusing.  What other tests have you had? 


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   Posted 10/17/2005 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Here's a tip, DO NOT MIX THE BARIUM WITH KOOLADE. That was the suggestion of my Dr. I did and almost puked. But then again it also really depends on what type of Barium they give you. The have had three kinds, very thick very chalky nasty tasting, about the same consistancy stuff but had a slight banana flavor (I could drink it just fine, as long as I didn't smell it), and then in the ER they gave me 2 liters of it mixed with Crystal Light, that had to be the worst thing ever. I thought I was going to puke forever.

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   Posted 10/17/2005 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Gawz, Sounds like a fun day for you. I had the lactose test 18 years ago. Can't remember details of the test, but I remember being there a few hours. I just had the small bowel series done, and it took me 3 1/2 hours(darn Imodium slowed me down), and started pooing it out as soon as I got home, and it burnt on the way out.

Hope everything goes well for you.

Brett

GAWZ
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   Posted 10/18/2005 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
OH sounds like great fun for me!!! More tests - prob the same result "Negative for everything".

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   Posted 10/18/2005 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember when I was going through the battery of tests... When all came back negative (normal) I was so disappointed. Everyone around me was happy and told me to be happy too. The thing is, none of us really want there to be anything wrong with us, but we do want an explanation for how we are feeling. It took me a while to come to terms with "We didn't find anything, you appear to be perfectly healthy.... so you must have IBS."
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   Posted 10/18/2005 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   

I know how you guys feel...I'm halfway in the same boat.  Abnormal test results but still no one can tell me what it is!  Even when you have abnormal results, if it doesn't have a distinct name, people still think you're fine.  I mean, the freakin' Mayo Clinic - after reviewing my abnormal barium study, as well as several abnormal stool studies, and even an abnormal upper endoscopy - were still like, "Uh.  Well.  We don't know.  So...hope you get well soon, see you later!" It's so disheartening! 

Hang in there, peeps.


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   Posted 10/24/2005 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi GAWZ,
I just wanted to check and see how you are doing? Haven't heard from you lately and I was just checking to see if you had your tests yet and if so, how did it go?

Take Care
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GAWZ
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   Posted 10/24/2005 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
See my new post ~

GAWZ
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   Posted 10/24/2005 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
And I had to cancel the appointments for the above test. My work has problems giving me a day off because - other employees will have to cover my job for the day and all my co-workers say that they will quit before they do my job. =(

So I need to reschedule my lactose breath test and my Small Bowell Series X-RAY

Sarita - here are the tests I haev had:
Colonoscopy, EGD, blood tests, stool tests
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