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   Posted 7/22/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Can the barium that you drink before a CT scan give you diarrhea??? I had to drink some this afternoon and let me tell you after a few days of virtually nothing moving, this is almost welcomed.. but still some what irritating.
26 years old
Diagnosed 9/06 with Pancolitis. The diagnosis was changed 9/20/07 to Crohn's disease.
I've had flares in my mouth, stomach, large intestine, and the duodenum.

I currently take Humira 40mg bi-weekly, prdnisone 8mg (oh so close!!), methotrexate as a weekly shot, prevacid, celebrex, foilica acid, and.. I think that's it.

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   Posted 7/22/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kandi,
All the fluid preps we take for tests upset my gut, but after a few days Im back to normal (whatever normal is lol) Jo

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   Posted 7/23/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had a nurse tell me it would, but it never does to me.
Laurenne, 23 Student @ University of California, Davis.
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On Humira, Strattera, Zoloft, (Multivitamin, Flax Oil, and Omega complex when I remember.)

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   Posted 7/23/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
both ct scan and sbft barium give me diarrhea. (it looked like someone threw white paint in the toilet!) but then again, everything gives me diarrhea :(
.: stephanie :.
33 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
meddies: 6mp, percocet, trazodone, ativan, iron, calcium, folic acid & some other vits

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   Posted 7/23/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I really dislike that test. It was absolutely useless for me. It did not show my Crohn's at all. I finally had to have a capsule endoscopy to show that I had Crohn's. They really need to do away with that "dinosaur" test. Just my opinion, I'm sure it helps *sometime*.

But to answer your question, it just made me really gassy, I didn't get diarrhea or anything.

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   Posted 7/24/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
it stops me up like a cork, but I have heard of folks having D. I have to guzzle MOM all the way home after drinking it :)
49 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.

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   Posted 7/24/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I had D soooo bad after my smft that I really didn't need the prep for the colonscopy! I started drinking at 8:30 and it was pouring out of me at 10:30. Then, I had D really bad again after an MR with the lighter barium drink too.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa, just started humira

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   Posted 1/4/2011 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Just had the sbft. Yeah, the barrium gave me explosive diarrhea, about an hour after my test was done. The doctor ordered this test because my colonoscopy showed something that looks like Crohn's in the ileum/ileocecal valve and wanted to know if it is anywhere in my small intestine, so I guess that's where this test is applicable.

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   Posted 1/4/2011 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
When I had the small bowel CT, I was already having D.  While drinking the barium stuff, I read right on the bottle that it causes diarrhea.  I had to run to the bathroom 2x while drinking the stuff.  When time for the test, the nurse suggested I put on a gown instead of being in my own clothes.  She said that way I would be sure to still have clean clothes to wear home.  Thoughtful nurse!! 
and now CD
but otherwise a very healthy person!!

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   Posted 1/4/2011 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
It depends on how I'm feeling before as to how it'll affect me. If I'm having symptoms of an obstruction, I have to take laxatives to get it all out. If I'm having a lot of D before, it shoots right through me.

It also depends on which type of barium is used for the test. Some of them are thinner, while others are super thick, and that changes how they go through you sometimes.

Crohn's since 1997
Surgeries: 2 Bowel resections and appendectomy
Pulmonary Emboli & Pneumonia 2009
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Prozac, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, Aspirin, B12 shots
Gallbladder FINALLY being removed 11/5/10!!!

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   Posted 1/4/2011 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I had the thin white water looking stuff to drink for my sbft and nothing the day of test then the next day and two days after I had white water I was just switched from NPO to clear fluid that could have something to do with liquid bms for me as well....but from reading the other posters I think it depends on your own body and how it reacts..

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   Posted 1/4/2011 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
There are two kinds. The thicker one is barium and when your test is pre-scheduled that's the one they give me and it gives me d within an hour of taking it. I'm still having d in the morning when I'm scheduled for the CT scan. However, now I know to ask for the quick prep. That is thinner and you get that one when you are already in the hospital and they want you to go for a CT scan in a few hours. That one is better than the thick one for me so now I just go in two hours before my CT scan and take the quick prep and avoid the thicker one altogether.
Misdiagnosed 25 years w IBS. Crohn's dx 8/10.
Gallbladder out '97. Taking Lialda, B12 shots, Vit. D, Prevacid
"Thank God for fellow crohnies. They know the words to the song in your heart when you've forgotten how they go."

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   Posted 1/4/2011 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't remember but they did stress the importance of having it move out of you quickly because it can apparently harden inside.
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
Meds: Colazal, darvocet, prednisone-currently tapering

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   Posted 1/4/2011 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I was having a small bowel series and was sitting in the waiting room with some other guys. They separated us into two groups, one for upper and the second for lower. They called this guy in our upper group for a lower. He started arguing with the Tech. She said she had the order. So off he went Wearing a thing hospital gown. On his way out of the room he griping to her, "I told you I could hold that much", and squirt, squirt, squirt down the hall.

I have always had a loose movement after a small bowel series. Barium did nothing to even slow down the movement.
Diagnosed with Crohn's '04, 14 inch colonresection '04, Gangrene of Gallbladder D/T CD '05, Repair of Abdominal surg. sight,'05, Lithotripsy for Kidney stones due to CD, Crohn's returns in Ileum Started Remecade, reaction to Remecade in 6mo., 6 mo of steroids, Started on Humira, Colozal, Percocet, Xanax, Total of 21 meds for other conditions. Diabetes, etc. Chronic pain All Joints.
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