How do I know if my small intestine is functioning?

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lasbutterfly
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   Posted 5/13/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone remember which procedure determines whether or not your small intestine is functioning?
 
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lasbutterfly
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   Posted 5/17/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm having an upper GI and small bowel follow through tomorrow at the hospital. Hopefully, these tests will let my doctor and husband and I know how my small intestines are functioning.

Janiepain
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   Posted 5/17/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Lori,

Good luck with your small bowel test.  When I had mine (before my TC) my doctor said because of my constipation, they wouldn't give me barium to swallow because it's so hard to get out, but instead gave me something else to drink.  It was horrible, tasted like stale cough syrup and as soon as the test was over, I threw it up....but I didn't have that barium stuck in me for days and days.  Just something to mention maybe.

Let us know how it goes.  I hope things turn out ok.  If your small bowel is working, then why are you still constipated?  Do the doctors have any idea??

Hugs, Janie


lasbutterfly
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   Posted 5/18/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my tests at the hospital today and I was there most of the morning and afternoon, too. The 3 barium milkshakes that I had to drink were awful. I have a work-in appointment with my surgeon on Wednesday afternoon, and will go over the test results and see where we can go from here.
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