Upper GI Question

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   Posted 11/11/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys.  I have a question.  I went for my six week ck-up after being diagnosed with Crohn's on Friday.  At first, my GI said he wanted me to schedule a barium x-ray when I came back in.  Well, he now wants me to have an upper GI with a flow/pass through.  Of course, at the time, my mind went blank and I didn't ask why he changed it.  Does anybody know why it would be changed?  Is one more detailed than the other?  Also, if anyone's had this procedure done, what is involved?  I know I won't be asleep and I am freaking out!  (I'm scheduled to have it done on Wed.)
Thanks for your help!
Diagnosed CD 10/9/07.  Meds: Lialda 2.4gm, Predisone 40mg (decreased down to 20mg), Effexor XR 75 mg

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 11/11/2007 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   

I am guessing it is the same thing if he was talking about viewing the upper GI tract, not the lower part.  An upper GI is a barium x-ray.  The "with follow through" will take a tad longer but lets the dr. see it pass through the small bowel more.  I have had many of these--doesn't hurt.  The nastiest part is swallowing the thick chalky liquid but it honestly is not that bad.  Then you wait . . . they will take x-rays before you start and throughout, usually every so many minutes.  Bring something to read while you wait!  At one point (usually at the end), the radiologist may press on your bowels with a balloon-like paddle to get a better look at the loops of bowels.  IF you are tender, it might hurt a bit then. 

Welcome to the Crohn's club!  Upper GI's will probably become part of your regular testing over the years. 

Best of luck!


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