So, my alarm didn't go off this morning and I awoke 30 minutes before my appt. I was supposed to drink a liter of the barium suspension 45 minutes before my appointment. I freaked and chugged the horrible liquid...however, no where near as bad as the stuff we have to drink for colonoscopies. It was like a thick peppermint juice.
Once at the hospital, I had to drink another liter of the peppermint stuff. Then, while my stomach was doing sommersaults, I had to lie perfectly still on the table for 45 minutes. They ran contrast through my veins twice and gave me a shot to slow my bowels.
It actually went quicker than I thought, but I was dizzy when I got up. Then as I was driving to work, I knew I wasn't going to make it, so I quickly detoured home and had violent D. I also felt VERY nauseous and could have thrown up several times. I went to work, but had to leave after an hour and a half due to nausea and D every five minutes.
The nurse said I would be able to return to my normal activities the remainder of the day, but I just think when you add any type of liquid in great quantity and very quickly it's going to affect someone who is flaring with an IBD.
By the way, my doctor's office searched long and hard for an "open" MRI machine as I get claustrophobic. The term "open" is quite a misnomer. It was still a long enclosed tunnel. The nurse said open meant there was more room between you and the walls of the machine. I would guess there was about 6-7 between me and the upper walls.