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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 2/17/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks to everyone who's been helping me with the awful pains i've been dealing with lately!
today i couldn't take it anymore...i called my doc and told him i was headed to the er...he said good idea.
well a finger in my butt and a contrast CT it was!
thank goodness it showed no blockage etc...only a thickening of the colon I guess.
I have been fraking out thinking I was partially blocked.
They gave me a week of Cipro and Bentyl?  an anti-spasmatic.
Hopefully this helps with the pain bc I'm still terrified to eat solid food.
I've read CT scans are not 100% (of course) effective at seeing strictures...anyone out there have a CT that did not see one only to have them find it with another test later?
I'm talking to my GI again tomorrow...any other tests I should ask for...and if anyone says barium enema i'm not talking to you  :)

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   Posted 2/18/2009 1:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, A colonoscopy with show your doctor more then the CT-scan could show.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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   Posted 2/18/2009 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Glad you went and got some help .Hoping the meds will help you threw this time. Did the thickening of the colon mean stricture? I suppose it is referring to scarring is it ?Not sure as there seems to be many ways of discribing our innnards? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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   Posted 2/18/2009 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a small bowel follow through that showed my blockage. YOu only have to drink a few cups of contrast. It is much easier than the barium enema, which I will never have again. Good luck and I hope you get rid of your pain very soon.

dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now weaning off  Predisone after another flare. Started taking my Asacol again.

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   Posted 2/18/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a ct scan and a live x-ray and I could see the stricture.

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   Posted 2/18/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks guys! i will ask the doc about the SBFT today.
A had a colonoscopy a few months ago and my doc said it didn't look bad at all...but something's worse now.
The doc at the ER said no blockage or stricture...she termed it a general inflammation of the colon...i need to check with the GI today.
ER docs certainly are not specialists...

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 2/18/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   

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 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 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

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