How can I get rid of this???

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 9/26/2006 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I posted on this site last week to ask about picolax. I hope you don't mind but I thought some of you may have had this problem. I was given barium by way of an enema before having a defecating proctogram on Monday. During the test i was unable to expel any barium whatsoever. The radiologist said he could see that some of the muscles at the bottom of the colon weren't working correctly. Now, I still have the barium retained, I'm unable to have a BM, have took Movocol to try to help, and i've got serious pains in my lower abdomen and pressure in my bottom. How can I get rid of this darn barium and will it be causing any problems still being there. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Chillblain Pattern LE, tachycardia, unknown bowel problems

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 9/27/2006 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't say how to get rid of the barium, except to cause yourself to poop. If laxatives and enemas aren't working, then you need to go to a hospital and get them to clear out your impaction. But the barium shouldn't hurt you. My stepfather is a retired nuclear medicine technician and I asked him about the radioactive stuff they used in people and he said that all of it had a very short half life. Radioactive materials decay at a known rate and a material's half life is how long it takes it for it to be half decayed; so something with a half life of 1 day is only half as radioactive 24 hours after its creation and only 1/4 as radioactive 48 hous later, etc. Most of the stuff they use ceases to count as radioactive within 24 hours, 48 at most. And of course, it's not highly radioactive in the first place.
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