upper bowel follow through ?

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 1/7/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, had the upper bowel follow through today and they said it would take 2-4 hours for it to go through and I told them don't think it will with me as soon as I eat it goes through,  They didnt say anything but got the impression they didnt believe me. Well within 30 minutes I was done.  ???is  has anyone else have this and how long??  does anyone know what it means by the length of time it takes to pass through?   I get so tired of people thinking we dont know our bodies. We are the ones that live with this Disease 24/7.  Thanks for listening to me. 
diagnosed  in 1982 after heavy bleeding, havn't had much relief.  moved to another state so have new GI will see.
Have had crohns since 1998, been on several types of meds, but still having severe problems .Just moved and this Dr seems real concerned so hope for some help.  This board is great

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   Posted 1/7/2008 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   

When I had my small bowel follow through 4 years ago the barium was exiting 1 hour after I drank it. 

I just had a barium swallow done a few weeks ago and expected the same thing to happen but it didn't. It seemed to take up to 48 hours to be completely out of my system.  One difference is that I have been taking pentasa since May.

10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft

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   Posted 1/8/2008 3:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Some facilities add a little Reglan to the barium to help w/its passing thru. For those of us w/fast transit time to begin with .....

More people having a SBFT have problems w/getting the barium out of their system after the procedure is the reasoning for using the Reglan but also large institutions doing many SBFTs all day long use it to better schedule and move the patients thru the procedure.
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   Posted 1/8/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
When I had a small bowel series about 2 years ago (wow, that was awhile ago) it took hours for the barium to get thru because when it got to my ileium it stopped, the Dr. in radiology was very surprised, turns out (not to my surprise) that I had an almost complete blockage. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful, I don't know what it means when it goes thru so quickly.
Marci, 38 years young, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006
Currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor,
plus 3x per day heavy iron supplements for anemia,
calcium supplement, daily multi-vitamin,
Lasix as needed for ankle/feet swelling
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