Anyone have the swallowable camera pill test done?

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Sunshineonmyface~
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   Posted 10/3/2008 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I keep thinking I am done with testing, then they have one more to do. They want to see the small intestine, so they are having me swallow some camera pill. Anyone try this?

bookworm21
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   Posted 10/3/2008 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I did have this done. However I didn't have to swallow the camera pill since I was under anesthesia for a c-scope as well; they just placed it down there.

For a few hours after the scopes, I had to wear this black belt thing that held a camera-type object which was capturing pictures as the pill traveled. Then I had to go back to the hospital later that day to return everything. I never had any pain or anything, so I guess the pill just passed through with stool.
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9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (4 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 2 Anucort
 


bbc
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   Posted 10/3/2008 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I did and the battery ran out before going all the way through...its important when you do the test to get up and move around plus they should give you something to help the pill go through your system quicker which my GI never did
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Dx'd 05/2007
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Corti Foam p.m.
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
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Sunshineonmyface~
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   Posted 10/3/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
was the pill hard to swallow? how big is it?

bbc
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   Posted 10/3/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
peanut M&M...you can do it
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4X2)
Corti Foam p.m.
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


Bennie
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   Posted 10/3/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Both my son and daughter had the capsule endoscopy. They go to different GI doctors.  My daughter had it prior to surgery as another check to make sure she had UC and not Crohns. Neither had problems with the pills. They had to not eat after midnight, go to the doctor's office early in the morning to swallow the pill, get hooked up with some electrodes, wear the black belt that held the transmitter, and return in the afternoon to have the stuff removed. They must have passed the pills but neither of them ever saw it. My son's doctor said it takes so many pictures that it looks like a video. We asked to see it but the doctor just thought we were crazy!
--Mom of bratcat (17 years old) and nonamejames (19 years old)--
Daughter bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Flared Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2008
Asacol, Rowasa, hydrocortisone enemas, prednisone, 6-mp, Remicade
7/3/08-Step 1 j-pouch surgery and no more meds
Step 2 scheduled for November 10
 
Son nonamejames was diagnosed with Crohns in Spring 2008
Asacol, Pentasa, 6-mp


bbc
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   Posted 10/3/2008 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Bennie,

Sorry about you son getting crohn's...: ( this is the first time I noticed it in your sig...how old is he?
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4X2)
Corti Foam p.m.
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


Dagger
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   Posted 10/4/2008 2:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd say it's more like 2 peanut M&M's end to end the long way. It was really easy to swallow, it went down smoothly. You take it with some water but my doc wanted me to swallow it with the smallest amount of water I could. If you can swallow a large vitamin, you shouldn't have a problem. It's really slick and smooth so it doesn't get stuck in your throat like a vitamin might.

I swallowed mine on a Thursday morning. I had D every few hours until Sunday afternoon when the pill came out. D is very unusual for me, the doc insisted it wasn't related but it stopped as soon as the camera came out. you'd think it would have come out quicker with all the "activity"

You wear a big belt type thing with suspenders and the wires that come out of it are attached to your abdomen. Be careful where you go while wearing it, you'll look like a terrorist. They tell you if you see anyone wearing the same type vest get away from them as quickly as you can, otherwise their pictures may show up in your scan and vice-versa.

Bennie
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   Posted 10/4/2008 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   

My daughter was also told to limit her activity on the computer while wearing the "black box".  However, my son had his capsule endoscopy several weeks earlier and his doctor never mentioned that. And my son lives on his laptop!!

Thanks bbc about the concern about my son. He is 20. He has always been extremely tall and thin and not a great eater. But he is built just like my father-in-law and was always healthy so that was never a big concern with the pediatrician or us. He went to the bathroom several times a day but again it wasn't a real concern because everybody's body is a bit different (and he does/did tend to eat alot of junk). Junk in/junk out. In the spring he finally mentioned to us that he had something "growing" down below. And he finally let us look at it (what an experience). He went to a GI (he was 19 at the time and just missed the cut off to go to my daughter's pediatric GI). It turns out to have been an abscess. And the doctor feels that it had been there before. A round of antibiotics helped. He had a colonoscopy and has mild inflammation in the colon. He started on asacol. He was also started on 6-mp. The capsule endoscopy shows some very spotty inflammation in the small intestine so the doctor switched him to pentasa instead of asacol. At his last annual checkup his bloodwork showed he was anemic. But he is not bleeding when he goes to the bathroom (so he tells us) and his abscess is looking good (so the doctor tells us). For a short while he also lost weight (he is 6' and normally about 125 lbs, he went down to 119). So the doctor suggested Boost or Ensure-type drinks. He drinks Boost daily and it has helped alot. He put some weight back on. During the weight loss time he also started getting tired. Not sure if it was from the weight loss, the anemia, or the fact that he was working 2 jobs and getting back into full-time school. Anyway, he looks good and feels good. He just had more bloodwork and goes to the GI next week. We will see. His symptoms are completely different from his sister's and he also doesn't openly tell us how things are going (we have to ask detailed questions).

Sorry for hijacking this thread. But thank you for asking about him.

 


--Mom of bratcat (17 years old) and nonamejames (19 years old)--
Daughter bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Flared Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2008
Asacol, Rowasa, hydrocortisone enemas, prednisone, 6-mp, Remicade
7/3/08-Step 1 j-pouch surgery and no more meds
Step 2 scheduled for November 10
 
Son nonamejames was diagnosed with Crohns in Spring 2008
Asacol, Pentasa, 6-mp


Sunshineonmyface~
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   Posted 10/4/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
no you are not highjacking the thread. I am glad to know this. I wrote in another thread I am worried about my 12 yr old daughter, so I like to hear these things.

I wonder if the camera will show anything since I am still on steroids? I had a severe case of ulceration, but the steroids healed them up.

basa0806
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   Posted 10/4/2008 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a friend in high school and her boyfriend was going through a diagnosis (which ended up to be crohns) and I remember he had to swallow the capsule. I've never done it, nor has my GI suggested it but if you go to wikipedia.org and search capsule endoscopy it shows a picture of how big it is :)
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bbc
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   Posted 10/4/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Bennie...sounds like the 6mps are working well for him and that great news : )
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4X2)
Corti Foam p.m.
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!

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