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   Posted 1/31/2007 11:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys. Well in 6 hours i have the barium swallow where i have to drink a little milkshake which i heard tastes nasty. Ive been doing better these days. It seems like the Flagly helped somewhat so does that mean anything?? But i guess for every good there is a bad. I recently started feeling itching in my rectum area when the poop is coming out. Ands its itching as we speak. Also noticed blood on the toilette paper. First time i noticed blood on the toilette paper as well. I had a stool test for blood in the summer and it showed no sign of blood. So what does this mean ??
Also i have to do a fecal fat test in which i have to eat 100grams of fat for 3 days. Will my barium swallow have any effect on my stools ??
As for the flagly. Before Flagly after anything i eat i had a bowl movement or massive gas. And i would get bubbles around my rectum area and gas would come out as well as some liquid which would leave a wet spot in my underwear. Now its been about 3 weeks i have been off Flagly and i have even eaten mcdonalds. I ate 3 hot dogs at a fast food joing all dressed with mustard..ketchup etc etc. Before i did that with flagly forget it i would have gas and 30 min later id be in the bathroom. But now that is not the case. Although things are getting back to the way they were so guessing the Flagly only gave me some relieve. Also now i get stomach discomfort or pain or cramps. Im not really sure what these cramps are. But when i get that sensation in the stomach i have a bowl movement and then it seems to go away.
Also after i eat mini wheats or bran bread i got the urge to go to the bathroom after 5 to 10 minutes i just want to know if that is normal. I know dumb question but i rely on you guys...your my Gi's honestly. Also my stools come out formed and then break up into dust. What is that a sign of ?? Also there are also stools that float. Or when i flush bits are still left behind. So im questioning on the last Gi and his diagnosis of IBS.
I have a colonoscopy Feb 7. So question for you all. I start drinking the ducolax feb 6th start at 8am right or do i start it feb 5th. I know i should call but everytime i call i get thier answering machine...lol.
Well guys let me know what you think.
Oh and congrats Sarita on finding a good GI. I remember my old GI he kicked me out after 5 to 10 minutes. This new Gi he takes time he says im young so hopin he cares...lol
Well give me your feedback guys.

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   Posted 2/1/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi dee!

How’d the Upper GI Series go?  If I remember correctly the barium tasted like chalk with the consistency of paste.  Then I had to roll around on a table, intermittently getting x-rayed.  It’s not pleasant, but not too terrible.  I also remember pooping grey a few times after.  Usually there are no side effects – but depending how you tolerate it you can get C or D from it.  I wouldn’t worry about it though.


Aside from that… Glad to hear you are feeling better!!

Your itchy bum and mild blood on the toilet paper can be either from a hemorrhoid or fissure.  Both are caused by straining.  Keep up the fiber in your diet and make sure to drink lots of water.  You might also want to talk to your doc about it so he can investigate.


Regarding the Dulcolax and prepping for your scope… Is that all you got prescribed, Dulcolax?  You didn’t get Golytely or Phosphosoda?  Please call your doc or speak to a pharmacist about proper prepping instructions.  Usually you begin prepping the day before the scope, not 2 days before.  2 days before you might want to stick to a liquid diet, but you don’t want to start taking the laxative then (unless specifically directed by your doc).  If you have an AM appointment you are to start prepping in the AM the day before the scope.  If you have an afternoon appointment you are to start prepping in the afternoon the day before the scope.  Again, please check with your doc about this.  You need more specific instruction.  I got a whole pamphlet with Q&A’s along with step by step instruction.  Please also ask if all you're supposed to take is Dulcolax.   confused

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   Posted 2/1/2007 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
You really do need to talk to their office. Didn't they give you something in writing. It is really important to get the right info. I didn't know dulcolax was a liquid also. You don't want to have to do it over.

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   Posted 2/1/2007 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi dee007...

I've had a similar experience, after taking an antibiotic (flagyl / metronizinade (??spelling) i was the best i felt in a long long time. So after talking to my doctor this week, he's agreed to test me for two bugs (d.fragilis and b.hominis) i might be possibly tested for gardia (?spelling?) at a later stage. Have a read of this site... this is where i learnt of d.fragilis and b.hominis.


btw.. i've also been diagnosed with fruit and milk sensitivities, which apparently disturbances (such as bacterial) can cause (or take advantage) of the flora in your gut and make you fell ill. i'm not sure if you get this also.


DX'd with Fructose Malabsorbtion Dec 2006
DX'd with IBS May 2006

Current Medications :
None, but occasionally carry Seirogan for fast relief from D.


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   Posted 2/2/2007 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
The colonoscopy should be revealing.  Maybe a CT scan would be good too, although you have to be careful about those because of the amount of radiation that you'll be exposed to.  Have you had fecal leukocyte and fecal occult blood tests?  You should definitely get those, as well as a stool culture.
Those bacteria you mentioned are kind of controversial.  Have you done any research on 'em? 
Flagyl (it's pronounced "FLAJ-uhl") helped me out ridiculously.  For two or three months at a time.  But after four or five courses of it, I've been prescribed rifaximin, since metronidazole (or any antibiotic) can cause antibiotic resistance in not only your body, but others' as well - before you get treated with it again, if you do, ask your doc about antibiotic resistance.
I hope you get some answers soon!

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   Posted 2/2/2007 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarita, I think the newer CT scans use a lot less radiation. What used to take an hour is now done in minutes. I have been astounded at the difference in time they now take. Iguess if I were of child bearing age I might check it out but I think they have improved greatly.
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