I guess i am the odd man out on this one....I had been having off and on pain due to cramping along with nausea starting last april....finally in late september it got so bad i went to my local ER at around 10:30 at night. A contrast CT showed a partial blockage in the small bowel. then it cleared...i went home and met with my regular gastro...he explained that the blockage could be due to a lot of things so he suggested the barium x-ray/sonogram....followed up with the pill cam.
I prepped for the x-ray (just had to be sure not to eat any solids for at least 12 hours prior) and it took almost 6 hours for the stuff to work through (that is a problem all its own)...the x-ray showed absolutely next to nothing...one small area didn't show up well so they didn't know what to think. The same area that was blocked in the contrasted CT taken during the ER visit showed nothing in the x-ray. We scheduled a pill cam for two weeks from the x-ray, it would be a Tuesday.
The Sunday before the pill cam i blocked again...major league...went to my gastro's hospital (over an hour away) and was admitted. Another contrast CT showed a major blockage and they prepared for surgery...then it passed and we decided to wait one day and then go in and find the problem.
the problem was 30 inches of hard, scarred small intestine....it never showed up on the x-rays, and only showed as blockage on the ct. The gastro and surgeon are sure that the pill cam would have shown the bad bowel.....
hope this helps.....
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