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   Posted 9/12/2011 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled for a defecography next week and I'm anxious about it. Not really the test itself, but the results. I was wondering if anyone on here would mind sharing any details of their defecography experience, I have a couple questions, they are sort of weird but it would really ease my mind if anyone can answer:

-Did anyone do a prep for this test?

-What's the consistency of the paste they put in you? I have read it is similar to toothpaste...but there are a million different kinds of toothpaste nowadays so that doesn't really help...

-When they put the barium paste in you, did you eventually feel the urge to go to the bathroom? I can go if I feel the urge but I really have to FEEL the urge to go. I know that a bowel movement is a process...I am worried if they don't put enough of the stuff in, or if it doesn't really feel like my rectum is full like with a normal bm, maybe I won't have to go!

-Lastly - when they insert the paste did they pretty much fill you up right to your anus? Or do they insert it way up in there? I remember seeing a picture of the thing they inject it with, and in this particular picture the tool was REALLY long and I kept thinking, well if they stick it that far up in there of course I won't have to go!

Post Edited (Alibee) : 9/14/2011 11:42:46 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/13/2011 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
To answer your questions:

I did two enemas beforehand and that was it. No GoLytely or any of the other cocktails.

As far as the paste they put inside you - it is kind of like your standard white toothpaste.

They put in different amounts of paste until you feel it but aren't about to explode. They'll tell you how you're supposed to feel when they put it inside of you.

They fill it up until you start to feel it. It's like giving yourself a paste enema. They won't be jamming it up inside you :)

Good luck!
Diagnoses: Colonic Inertia, Rectocele, Anismus
Surgery: November 9, 2010 - subtotal colectomy with anastomosis

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   Posted 9/13/2011 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much snuggle...I hope you are doing well since your surgery!
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