Small Bowel Series Test ---I survived!!

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   Posted 4/24/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, since I developed a small fistula and my first colonoscopy was not completed when I went through my first flare a little over two years ago, I had been wondering if I had Crohns.  Well I had the small bowel test done yesterday and got good news.  I was told my small intestines looks healthy with no issues.  The procedure wasn't that bad, the only bad part was that I had to drink three cups of a barium "milkshake."  The taste was chalky and not that bad but by the third glass you've definitely had enough, plus it takes about 3 hrs total because the barium has to make it to your small intestines so I was told to sit and walk for things to digest and they take a lot of intermittent xrays!!!  I have my second colonoscopy next week with biopsies and all so hopefully that will provide further evidence of whether I have Crohns or UC.  I've had a few blips over the past year but all in all I seem to be in a good solid remission.  I went out drinking last night and no issues whatsoever, whereas before achieving this kind of remission a drink would cause some problems, even if it was just D and some pain! I did buy the homemade yoghurt maker advertised with the SCD diet and have been eating some of the homemade stuff for the past week.  It's kind of tart but not bad and I could always add things to it to spice it up. I was surprised how easy it was to make.  Just boil some milk, let it cool, add the mixture, turn on the machine, let it go for 24 hrs, refrigerate and voila, good homemade yoghurt full of probiotics (I hope!).
- 29 y/o male residing in Northern VA
- Currently in remission
- Indeterminate UC diagnosis April, 2006 - symptoms came on sudden and resulted in year long battle to get things under control - still testing for Crohns
- Approx 8 mths into ordeal a very painful fistula formed - now stable but not completely healed
- Completed 3rd pred taper on 4/13/07 - tapered from early Jan 07 -- mid-April 07 after being hospitalized from a bad flare with anemia & joint pain
- During Apr-May 07 suffered through 2 mth long migraine
- Joint pain has mostly cleared up but does flare up now and then 
- 4 Colazal/day,  daily multivitamin, Fish oil & Primal Defense Probiotics 2x/day

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   Posted 4/24/2008 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear your test went well and showed no small bowel involvement!

I had one of those in June 2006. Bought the MOM they recommended and never needed it - still have it, in fact. Was one of the easier tests I thought. Had to laugh when one nurse told me I should be walking around rather than reading - makes things go through faster. As if I needed that!

Hope the yogurt helps you :)
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Flaring :(
40mg pred, Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 4/24/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah! Good news! We don't get enough of that around here.

I remember that test...ugh...though i think i would take barium over a scope prep. I had my first upper series at 8 yrs old and i vividly remember throwing up the barium on my mom. I'm glad you got it down ok.

Good luck with the yogurt!
Kelly, 30

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, 5mg pred, 150mg Imuran
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea, darvocet for pain
Remicade started 3/1/08...just had 3rd infusion

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   Posted 4/24/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
That is definitely good news....

I have crohns and only had small bowel involvement the first couple of yrs when I got sick along with perianal disease and CD affecting my colon (known as crohns-colitis) could still have CD as I do affecting your colon, having a fistula is more common with CD compared to UC because with CD the inflammation can penatrate through the many layers of the intestinal tract, that's one indication of CD, because with UC the inflammation remains on the surfface of the bowel lining only.

One other major difference between UC and CD is with CD there are skipped patterns of inflammation (with healthy tissue in between) with UC the entire area will be when you go for your colonoscopy, ask them what they see, skipped patterns and many layers being affected are a pretty good chance CD is what you're dealing with, especially with having fistula issues...I've had CD for 17 yrs with no full remission ever and still have never (very thankfully) had a fistula, but then again some CDers are prone to fistulas or stricturing disease, it's been discovered by researchers that there are genes that predict the severity and behaviour of the disease for each person.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 4/24/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad it went well for you.I remember my small bowel series two years ago.The only thing that i didn't like was all the waiting about after each x-ray.definitly one of the easier things we have to go through.

hope you feel good soon
                                     keep the faith 

         asacol/proctifoam/Zoton (lansoprazole)/pred/colofac


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