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Unread 10-19-2003, 01:47 PM
barium enema anyone??

Hi Ladies

Has anyone out there had a Barium enema..
Had Tah March this year and have had abdominal and right hand flank pain ever since.

Had a Iup in May which showed a kinked ureter (tube between your kidneys and Bladder) so had a stent fitted. had recurent uti's for 4 months and more or less continious antibiotics..

They tell me that my bladder is now ok, so last week went to see another specialist who thinks it is my Bowel, so after yet another internal (front and Back passage oh what fun) thewy now say they want to do this Barium enema to see whats going on..

and I am still in pain.. along wioth the most horrific migraine..I try not to complain because everyone is getting fed up with me..

Any ideas gratefully recieved

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Unread 10-19-2003, 02:12 PM
barium enema anyone??

Hi Sluggy,

I had one when I was 15 (I'm not 46) so I don't know how or if the procedure has changed during that time. I had a bone tumor but before they found that out they did a myriad of tests, including this one.

I think the level of discomfort ranks right up there with labor and delivery -- and root canals. That having been said I was 15 at the time so I don't know what I would say if I had the procedure today.

The hardest part for me was holding the barium inside until they could get the information they needed.

Given what you're going through, I think you'll do just fine -- and, hopefully, they'll find out what's going on.

My heart goes out to you -- best of luck. Anne
Unread 10-19-2003, 04:18 PM
barium enema anyone??

It really isn't that bad, just very uncomfortable. They insert the tube in your rectum. Push alot of fluid up & take pictures as they go up. The worst part is more embarrassing. You feel like you are going to poop right then & there but there is no way you can.The tube has a valve that won't let you. After the test you will sit on the toilet for about 5 minutes getting all that stuff out. Then just a little cramping the rest of the day. I went for a 4 mile hike the next day. It's really not that bad.Good luck
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Unread 10-19-2003, 07:05 PM
barium enema anyone??

I guess we are all different... for me it was a miserable experience, but I was only about three months post TVH when I had mine and was still sore, plus I'd had diverticulitis a few weeks earlier. The pressure and pain were pretty intense.

I had mine because my GI tried to do a colonoscopy and the camera wouldn't go very far up my colon. He wanted to find out why and to visualize farther up there.

I had to lie on my side on a table in Radiology... and they inserted a tube and pumped the solution in. They have a bulb inflated in your rectum so that the tube can't come out (kind of like the rectal equivalent of a foley catheter, I guess). I had to lie there for about 45 minutes as they took tons of photos... the worst was switching positions so they could get different angles, all the while feeling like I had to have a bm SO BAD but knowing I couldn't. Then they let the solution out and I had to stay there and have another set of photos done. The whole thing was about an hour before I could go to the bathroom.

I barely made it into the adjoining bathroom, and spent about twenty minutes or so in there before I dared chance the 5 minute drive home from the castle. I was passing white stuff for the rest of the day. Drinking tons of water after this test is very important so that you can get rid of all the barium residue.

(((Sluggy))) I feel for you. The test is uncomfortable. I would ask your DR ahead of time if you can have pain meds. I wasn't sedated at all, and I wish I had been... that option wasn't offered to me. You could ask about it, and if it's a possibility, I'd go for it.

Let us know what you find out from the test, OK? If you get the answers you need, it will be worth it.

Unread 10-19-2003, 09:08 PM
barium enema anyone??

Hi Sluggy,

Well, any enema is uncomfortable, so of course this one won't be pleasant. I've had barium enemas numerous times and it's not something I would refuse to do again nor would I ask to be sedated. The discomfort is no worse than having stomach cramps from a gastrointestinal upset, in my opinion. It's emotionally a little worse because you might be afraid you're going to 'lose it' in front of the technician. But you won't and you'll probably feel fine afterwards. Personally, I'd rather feel what's going on than feel cxrappy later from being doped up. But that's me. In my opinion you need not be afraid. These tests are done every day and as far as I know everybody gets up and walks away from it!! Whenever I have to have an unpleasant procedure I just remind myself that it will only last a little while and it's a pretty short time in the total scheme of things. If I remember that I'm choosing to do it to find out something I want to know I feel empowered and it makes things ever so much more manageable.

Good luck!!
Unread 10-20-2003, 01:41 PM
barium enema anyone??

Thanks everyone for the info...Will let you know how it turns out... The things they put us through hey


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