I've done the pill cam 3x. Each time it has been very easy to deal with even when I had a stricture.(that is me though) The pill cam is great for getting a quick look at those area in the small bowel that a scope can't reach.(no matter how hard the GI tries and how much I yelp) The longest it took for the camera to come out was 5 hrs. You have to follow the guidelines carefully. Mt eating is always a huge problem. I have been on ad off pred. for approx. 15 yrs. My weight while on it is 50 lbs. more then when off. but I 'm willing to overlook that to feel less pain. It seems as though everything I eat causes problems. I am convinced that once my stomach recognizes what's coming it shifts into the "pain train" and the food is eliminated shortly thereafter. I've tried to fake it out by eating something bland with whatever it is but it never works. I've lived on rice and green beans for months at a time. I've done gluten free, fat free, no red meat etc. for years. It is very discouraging and unfortunately family and friends really don't get it, as much as they try. I do not dine out(rarely but I have to know exactly where and what is offered on the menu and I start planning the day before by eating soup or tast(very little). I also do this if I have to go out at all which is hardly ever. I do have some things that I can eat that so far(knock on wood!) I have been able to tolerate. Very lean ground beef or ground turkey, white mild fish, no fat products, mashed or even baked potatoes, I use Smart Balance Spread for everything, yogurt every other day. Chicken breast cut before cooking. I can't tolerate whole chicken breast for some reason but small strips or chunks work well. I try not to repeat the same meal in the same week. Canned green beans with mashed and ground beef is a staple for me. Noe of it sounds appetizing but it beats not eating. I try to get the protien from the ground beef and chicken. Generally I will eat very little, even on a good day so that I can have a decent dinner. For some reason eating a decent dinner makes me fell better even if it comes back out. At least I know that I don't have t do anything after.
This can be very depressing. My heart breaks for you. Hopefully you can experiment a little with safe foods but a little bit at a time.
Hope things get better!
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