STOOL sample.. Really?

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Dr-A
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   Posted 8/26/2009 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
"Oh, so you got a treat bag" LOL. This was my experience after my last sig scope this week. Initially I was suppose to get a sample on the same day I was doing prep. REALLY? Whoever came up with that idea was not the smartest. I got a brown bag full of toys to leave the hospital with.

Done many stool samples and I think i have collected them in many different ways. You get the brown bag special with this white piece of plastic you sit over the toilet and your speciman cup. I think I'll wear the white plastic piece as a hat next time I collect a sample. Again, we need something better than this thing, lol. I can fill that thing up in under 60 seconds. Maybe I'll just put some cold water in it and splash it on my face as I am sweating trying to figure out if I can catch some poo midstream? Should we fill this white thing up and sit there and look at it while we finish (This may be a whole other hour).

Whats your best tricks? lol
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
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Post Edited (Dr-A) : 8/26/2009 10:43:12 AM (GMT-6)


Probiotic
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   Posted 8/26/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I just use a sturdy, foot high circular trash can lined with a good quality garbage bag and sit in it, dumping to my hearts content, and scooping it out with a plastic spoon into the required little jars. If, as is normal, I feel the urge to do a number one at the same time that I liberate the required number two, I hold an empty water jug as well.. well, you all get the idea. Separating the pee is presumably more problematic for a female, and when I was using my wife's poop for my (now long abandoned) fecal infusion experiment, she was disciplined enugh to hold back her pee.
"In order to save the village, we had to destroy it." -- Medical proverb. 
 


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/26/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to get 3 speciman in 24 hours. I didn't think it would be possible bc I only go once a day but somehow it happened to be a day wehre i went 3 times. It said they only need a walnut sized poo (sorry to turn you off to walnuts). One of my cups had the walnut but, I figured it was better than nothing. I was not in a terrible flare at the time of my stool tests so it wasn't too difficult but of course it wasn't pretty either. I just put the little cup directly under my ass and pushed a little out. I didn't use the white bowl thing because I didn't want to put it in the trash dirty and of course I wasn't going to clean it out. I think the baggie idea is probably a good one, at least you can seal that and dispose of it. The worst is driving around with the thing in your car, I felt like I could get pulled over and I would have to explain the bag of doo. I also felt like some kind of weirdo passing the doobag to the receptionist. I wanted to get rid of it asap.


Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
Horrible relapse: August 08 - December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
Canasa nightly + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
 


Peety
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   Posted 8/26/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
We decided a long time ago such tests really weren't necessary, they know they will find blood...

I also get a pass on the rectal exam, because it will irritate and the thing gets enough good looks during colonoscopies.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985. 
Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; 
Prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
Food sensitivity test by Naturopath showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances, helped some. 
Remicade started April 2009 (Humira denied) and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


Serenity Now
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   Posted 8/26/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Before I was diagnosed, I had to do a million tests, including stool samples.  I did two tests at the same time:  one to look for parasites, the other to look for "hidden" (occult) blood.  I thought that was pretty crazy, since there was nothing hidden about it, the blood was right there plain to see everytime I went to the toilet.  Oh well, I dutifully went through the motions.
 
The hardest part I had was collecting a sample of stool at all.  I wasn't having anything remotely resembling a stool at that time, it was all bloody mush.  Finally I was fed up and just took a sample of the mush.  What I had to do was collect it, and using a stick provided, scoop up a bit and put it into a vial containing liquid of some kind, shake it up.  So I figured it didn't matter a whole lot if it came from a solid specimen or mush.
 
The parasite test came back negative, but I'll never forget my doctor telling me in a hushed, solemn voice "They found blood in your stool".  NO KIDDING.  rolleyes    I did tell her during my initial visit that I had visible blood with bowel movements.  Oh well, if that's what it took for her to take it seriously, then I guess it was worth doing it.
ack, 43, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


Dr-A
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   Posted 8/26/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Peety said...
We decided a long time ago such tests really weren't necessary, they know they will find blood...

I also get a pass on the rectal exam, because it will irritate and the thing gets enough good looks during colonoscopies.


Unfortunately when doing the research studies you can't pass on anything. Can be a real pain in the rear at times yeah
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA

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