Had a full blockage that sent me to the hospital...but resolved itself before they cut me open....
C-scan while in the ER showed the blockage.....
Doctor orders barium x-ray....I do that and while under going the procedure they also do some live action x-rays that showed the intestines as they moved about processing the barium.....now this test was done only 4 days after the blockage....results????? No major issues or narrowing of the small intestine could be seen. One area seemed questionable but diagnosis was not possible.
My doctor felt the x-ray was A) wrong B) inconclusive, so he suggested that I do the pill cam...he also felt that, given my last blockage added to the fact that I had experienced at least two more partial blocks in the week following, I might end up with the pill-cam getting stuck and thus require surgery to remove it.
The test was scheduled for Monday November 3rd.....I blocked on the 2nd, cleared that night, but went in for surgery on the 4th. They removed 2 1/2 foot of small intestine that the surgeon said was some of the worst (but not the worst) he had ever seen. There were two sections close to each other, one was about 18 inches long and the other was about 8 inches long with about 4 inches between them....so the entire piece was removed.
The pill cam would have most certainly showed this...but the x-ray did not...even when they knew where top look based on the c-scan taken during the blockage a few days prior.
Conclusion.....go with the best and most advanced tests available.
dx IBS 1999 UC 2000 CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose one shot every week. Also nightly dose of mesalamine.
Surgery Nov 4th, 2008 removed 30 inches of small bowel.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
52 yrs old