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Mike C
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   Posted 3/10/2010 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I went in this morning to get it done and they gave me a half a teaspoon of what appeared to be a white powder and small amount of water that I had to sip in three stages.... sort of created a gas in me..and then they took a bunch of x rays... some I had to hold my breath.... Anyone know what this procedure was? Thanks!

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   Posted 3/10/2010 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Mike,


No idea but wondering if you asked the Radiologist or the staff what you were being given and why?



Take care,



Kitt

Mike C
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   Posted 3/10/2010 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't ask him but I know the stuff he gave me was bitter.

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   Posted 3/10/2010 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like the stuff they gave me to add air to help get better pics of the barium in the esophagus. I have never had it done with just that though.

Take care,
Bill

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   Posted 3/10/2010 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
If it was a barium swallow there should have been a second swallow or two of milky stuff. But that sounds like basically what they were doing. The puropse should have been to see if you have a hiatal hernia and to watch your swallowing reflex.

Ask! Certainly they would tell you! You also have a right to a CD with your photos and a paper with the results of the test - from the place that did the test. I get copies of everything because my other docs often want to at least read the results.
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my7pinecones
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   Posted 3/10/2010 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you had part of what is typically done in a barium swallow. The granules are like an Alka-Seltzer kind of product that creates air in the passage way which is photoed. Ask questions...call the dept and ask, even now. I have had many barium swallow tests, but never without the "barium". Ask your doc, he/she likely ordered it that way!

Alcie offers an important suggestion. Whether records have online portability or not (my area has this) having a copy of all tests, reports, notes, etc. is so useful. I have had to have a lot of surgery during my life so I wrote up a chronological list of all important medical data, medicines, diagnoses, etc. which I update when something changes (aren't computers wonderful!!). I bring a printed copy to a new doctor and they attach or scan it. Saves a lot of writing!

I hope you find solutions and relief!

Mike C
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   Posted 3/10/2010 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
^ Thanks...I don't think we can get copies of our x-rays up here... This is GOVT Health care....

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   Posted 3/11/2010 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Mike
Push a little for the copies. If the radiology dept or medical records won't give them to you, ask your doctor. You should be able to get a copy of the disk of pictures. They're easy to copy and can be read on any PC.

Like my7, I keep quite a folder of my own records. I keep my notes of surgeries and procedures, also my medications, allergies, reactions to previous meds on my computer and update as necessary. I keep a short version on paper in my purse. A Sandisk or something would work too, and would be updatable. In my wallet I keep a bright yellow credit card-size note with allergies, medications, note about the fundo and my stents.
Alcie
 
 


couchtater
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   Posted 3/12/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Great idea!

Joy

Mike C
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   Posted 3/15/2010 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I did my stomach x-rays and abdominal ultrasound.. last week. The ultrasound was okay,except for my liver having a few fatty spots on it. My daughter called me at work Friday afternoon to tell me the doc wanted to see me for the x-rays first thing Monday morning.. confused That completely ruined my weekend.... What could it be ...what could it be..those words kept going in and outta of my head. This morning a went it ,I was the first patient.. He tells me it's acid reflux and an Hiatus hernia...so he told me what I already knew for the the last 25 years.He said keep taking your prevacid... I tell me 2x a day is too much,can't keep taking it forever...He said..take them when you need them...and not to worry... I hate eccentric doctors..

stkitt
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   Posted 3/15/2010 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Mike,


Was surgery talked about at all or just back to the same old routine that does not appear to be doing what you hope for?



Take care of you,



Kitt

Mike C
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   Posted 3/15/2010 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Nothing was talked about... keep on doing the same old..... I need a new doctor..

my7pinecones
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   Posted 3/15/2010 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like a great next step, Mike!

Alcie
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   Posted 3/15/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Mike,
There's nothing srong with taking acid reducers permanently. I took them for 25 years and was reasonably happy. I only had the surgery after a bad wreck that pushed my stomach into my chest where it got stuck (paraesophageal hernia).

A small hiatal hernia is par for the course. Most people get it at some time or other. For most people they never cause a problem. It's only the really large ones or the paraesophageal type that need surgery.

I controlled my reflux by figuring out what was causing it, which in my case was food intolerances/allergies/sensitivities. My allergist had me keep a food log and write down my symptoms when I had reflux. Then I broke down the foods and even the ingredients in the foods. My acid was controlled by meds. It was just the refluxing that was giving me trouble. Acid is not the cause of reflux by itself. It doesn't make your stomach jump and squeeze and hurt. An open LES can allow the stomach contents to come up, but if there is no acid it is silent and doesn't hurt. I had this type of reflux, no pain, no acid while on the meds. I just wanted to find out the cause of the refluxing and I did, and it stopped when I stopped eating my problem foods. I still needed the acid reducers because I had a bad valve though. Had it not been for the wreck I would not have had the surgery.
Alcie
 
 


Mike C
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   Posted 3/16/2010 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie ..thanks for motivating me to ask for my test reports..I did just that... I wonder but if it's a good idea for a hypochondriac like me wink to be reading those....

It was in french so I tried to translate it ..here is what it says..


"Hiatal hernia moderate shift that reduces not completely. some gastro esophageal reflux demonstrated.The mucosal folds appear irregular but it is impossible to say whether this is fact that the hernia is present and there is not significant distention of folds versus slight edema of those above."

If someone here can make sense of some of the stuff..please let me know..The doc just told me I got acid reflux and to keep taking my 2x day prevacid and eat non irritating foods.

couchtater
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   Posted 3/16/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it means you have a possible HH which seems to be inflamed. Sounds like gastritis...?

Joy
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