So I had a barium x-ray today, my first in 6+ years and the first time it for the entire small intestines. First of all, that barium drink will never taste good! I think I had to drink about
20oz in 5 minutes and I barely got it down without throwing it up. Then I ask the nurse about
how long it will take for the barium to get to the large intestine. Her reply? Anywhere from 1 to 6 hours. Not very helpful!
Unfortunately, my intestines were a bit on the slower side - it took a full 3 hours for the barium to get to the large intestine. The nurse told me to walk between check-ups, which made me lightheaded. Not fun. And then for the x-rays, the nurse used this strange paddle to move my intestines around, which hurt a fair amount.
Anyway, I guess I'm not even sure what the x-ray is going to show. I had a colonoscopy/upper endoscopy last week and everything can back clean except for some minor inflammation of my stomach. I won't find out about
the results from the x-ray until next Thursday. I hate this feeling - I almost want something to be wrong so I can know I'm not crazy. If everything looks good from the x-ray, then what is the next step? I'm certainly not on death's door, but I know I'm not healthy. Thank goodness for the prednisone - that's taken my joint pain from nearly debilitating to barely noticeable, but I can't stay on pred forever. And the pred hasn't touched my nausea, which I have pretty much every morning.
Sometimes I really hate this disease.
29f, PhD student, diagnosed with Crohn's ileocolitis in 2/06.
During the summer of 2006, I completed the Adacolumn Apheresis clinical trial, which helped me enjoy 2+ years of remission and more than one year med-free. During spring and summer of 2009 the symptoms slowly but surely began to return, and now I'm flaring again.
Colonoscopy/endoscopy scheduled for 9/10; barium X-ray scheduled for 9/18
Currently taking: 4g Pentasa, 20mg prednisone, 150mg Trazadone, multivitamin, vitamin D supplement
Post Edited (Vitak) : 9/18/2009 7:10:10 PM (GMT-6)