Capsule Endoscopy question

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 8/1/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Folks:

It's been 4 days since I had a capsule endoscopy and I'm yet to see the capsule go out. Anybody have this issue? Also, what happens next?


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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 8/2/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
You'll definately need to call the Dr if it doesn't pass by Monday.  You'll have to go in for an x-ray to find out if it passed and you didn't notice, or if it's stuck.
I'm a Crohnie with a non-functioning j-pouch because I've got an ileostomy (due to peri-anal abcess), and I swallowed mine in Dec, it got stuck, then somehow (fistula we think) bypassed the ileostomy and ended up in the J-pouch that I have.  I finally had it removed during a scope in May.
I know that Dave will probably come along sometime too, his never passed, and ended up (WORSE CASE SCENARIO) causing problems a few years later where he had to have surgery.
So, like I said, please call the Dr on Monday and have them do an x-ray to see if it's still in there!!!
Hope all goes well. 
27-yr old female, happily married for 5 yrs, 2 dogs...
Dx with UC May 2004; Total Colectomy, J-Pouch May 2005-April 2006; Abcess - April 2008, loop-ileostomy - change DX to Crohn's; Struggling with hemoglobin and iron counts since October 2008...
Current meds: Prednisone (BLAH!) 2 mg, Humira, Calcium 600 mg + D twice daily, Multivitamin, Prilosec OTC
Failed Meds: Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, Imuran, Remicaide

Mr. Denial
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/2/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Had a capsule get stuck on 8/8, didn't know it when i turned in my belt and stuff, went across the street and had two cheeseburgers. that night the cramps started, eventually so bad went to er and had xray . . .sure enough capsule was stuck. admitted to hospital, on 6th day surgery scheduled, but half hour before passed capsule, postponed surgery . . .whew!

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 8/2/2009 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
The first time I did a Capsule I saw it pass. I've done 2 more since then and I haven't seen them pass. I know that they did as I've had ct scans done since that are clean but I never saw anything. Granted I wasn't digging through my poop looking too hard for them either.

Remicade and 6MP

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   Posted 8/2/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
i had it done and i never looked for the camera. quite frankly i didnt care. i had confidence in my system that it would pass, especially since i had an upper GI series before the camera pill to ensure i did not have any strictures. i have no discomfort and my bowel movements and stool seems normal. if you feel fine, chances are in 4 days you've passed it by now. but if you feel uncertain and want closure, then yes, check with your GI.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 8/6/2009 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I never saw mine pass and just kind of waited to see if I started feeling any pain or having any problems.  I didn't, so I'm sure it passed fine.  I think it depends on your gut situation as to whether or not it warrants a CT/Xray. 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 8/6/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I never saw mine come out and I did not do anything.

If you can eat and have normal BM then you are fine.
Don't have to worry
24 year old female
Diagnosed with :
Endometriosis march 2007
Anxiety disorder august 2007
Crohn's disease in December 2008 Then they changed it to UC in June 2009.
and Autoimmune Hepeatitis in July 2009

Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Cipralex and Cerazette.
My wonderful dogs :) ~ ~

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