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Unread 06-03-2002, 01:55 PM


Hello Donna and everyone else who read and posted back to me!!
I just got home and survived. And yes, it was difficult to hold in but Donna, don't you worry, I have some tips. It was worse for me because some cute young guy put the thingee into my butt!!! :eyes:

Here it goes Donna--I have to say that I am glad so many out there could relate. What happens is you get a gown..nothing is worn under it. You lay on xray table and they insert the tube into your butt and it looks as if it will not fit but it does and it doesn't even hurt. When they're can barely feel it. Okay, now, they let a big bag full of white liquid flow into your can see it on the tvscreen. THey tell you it will feel like you have to go and to ignore it. Well, let me tell you...urgency like that is next to impossible to ignore. The only good thing is it takes 15 minutes and you're off to the bathroom to expell the white stuff out of your colon. Now, you may think that this is the worst part but after the laxatives you will be taking the night before, it's nothing but a relief!!

As for the prep, the night before: THe card of instructions they gave me said to drink the liquid at 8pm and take the 4 dulcolax at 10pm. The nurse said to start at 5pm instead, so I could sleep the night. Well, good thing that I did because I was going to the bathroom every ten minutes from 10pm all the way until six thirty in the morning with ugly cramps starting just around 4am. So my advice to you is start early or else you'll still be going at your appointment. NOT GOOD TO HAVE THAT IN THERE ALONG WITH THE WHITE STUFF!!! :explode: Once you have made it through the fasting and the "cleaning out", you'll be ready for anything!! Oh, and also, a good tip for you is, that day when you do the prep, they say you can eat breakfast. My nurse said to do liquids, and not a meal becasue remember, what goes in, will eventually have to come out and bacon and eggs with a side of pancakes is scary!!!!!!!!

If you're scared or want more details, feel free to email me Donna and I'll help you. I was so scared too. And thanks to everyone else that posted. It felt good to have people who cared!
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Unread 06-04-2002, 08:34 AM

Hi. Just wanted to try to help you a bit. The Barrium enima deal, is kind of like your friend really is not any fun. They really do pump the stuff in there, and then they blow up a balloon (also inside there). There is alot of pressure, and it is kind of hard to kepp the barrium inside....but, TRY VERY HARD TO DO SO (or they have to do it again...I KNOW....). I also had to drink some barrium (not as much as with the upper GI, though). Once they do the x-ray's, yes, you will have to RUN to the restroom! But, it will bring much relief, do so!

As far as this test being called an, it is not. An IVP is a study of the kidney's and tubes. This, I know, because I have chronic pyleonephritis (chronic kidney infection) and have an IVP done about every 9 mos. I am pretty sure the enima one is called a lower GI. If you are also hving an IVP...don't worry about is a breeze! You do have to clean out the bowels, the day before. But, the actual IVP, all it is... they put a small IV in, and inject some dye (if you are allergic, like me, they pre medicate you with benedryl and steroids), and, you lay on an x-ray table while they take pictures. Then, you hve to empty your bladder, and they take more pictures. That's it! Takes about 20 minutes. The only suprise there is during it is that the dye causes a "hot" sensation through the pelvis area, that lasts for about a minute, minute and half.

Hope this helps!

My best advice....RELAX as much as you can, during the proceedure.

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