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Nicol
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posted 02-24-1999 03:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
About a month ago, I had a barium enema. I was told to fast for 3 days (liquid diet) and take the prep on the third day. Well I down the citro-mag and take the Ducolax pills and then realize that I have a dentist's appointment in 2hours. So here I am going to the can every 10mins. and it is too late to cancel my appointment. So I go, I go before I leave, I go when get there, I go while I am waiting, I go after the freezing....... Well you get the picture. It was so embarrasing! Just imagine trying to explain that to someone. Oh man! Have you ever tried to hold in a fart? I was
holding in farts trying not to crap myself until I thought that I was going to explode! It was utterly horrific. Talk about an IBS nightmare. "Night of the Deadly Laxitive." Not only was I embarrased, but boy did I feel stooopid. Man! Anyway view this as to what NOT to do the night before a barium enema or colonoscopy. I hope you enjoyed my story and Take Care.

Rachel
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posted 02-24-1999 07:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rachel   Click Here to Email Rachel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, Just wondering why you didn't cancel your dentist appointment?
So how did the BE go anyway?

Kind Regards,
Rachel

K
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posted 02-24-1999 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for K   Click Here to Email K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whoops!!

G
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posted 02-24-1999 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for G     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can relate.. A bit of advice to anyone who has to get a BE.. DO NOT do this after a sigmoidoscopy, which involves blowing air up there. The combination of trapped air with liquid forcing its way in is enough to bring a cry out of even the toughest customer!!!

biddy
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posted 02-24-1999 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for biddy   Click Here to Email biddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having been there before, I had to laugh as I read this. You poor thing, that stinks. There is no way I would have shown p for the appintment.

Nicol
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posted 02-25-1999 02:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was a new dentist and they wanted at least a 2 day cancellation. I really didn't want to pee off my new dentist.
The BE didnt' show any inflamation so I have to go to the next step. I see a GI in March.
OUCH G!

Chloe
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posted 02-25-1999 03:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chloe   Click Here to Email Chloe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's my advice - for what it's worth. If it had been me and I forgot the dentist appt., I would have called the dentist's office and told them I was deadly ill with diarrhea (true!) and there was no way I could endure keeping the appt.! You were a brave soul to carry on. I never could have done that! I'm sure the dentist wouldn't have charged you knowing you were experiencing severe diarrhea! Hey, they don't need to know the details! I got out of being on Grand Jury by telling them of my bowel problems - and I was excused, no questions asked. I think most people don't want a person around with diarrhea!! (Would you?) Interesting story - I think we all learned something!

Nicol
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posted 02-28-1999 05:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chloe, it wans't a brave moment, just a stupid one.

Jennie P
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posted 02-28-1999 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jennie P   Click Here to Email Jennie P     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nichol.....I truly appreciated and smiled when I read about your dental nightmare. All of us who have IBS can relate to the fear of sitting somewhere and having to try to "hold it in"......like in church, a car, and my favorite story.....an airplane. I'd like to share it with you.

I was on my way to Philadephia....a short hour flight. I was in the window seat, three across with two business men in suits and ties sitting in the next two seats. The usual fear of having a D attack was constantly with me. all of a sudden, my instestines started rumbling and I thought, OH NO!!! Here are these two clowns next to me reading their wall street journals as business like as they can be and all I could think of was having to excuse myself and climb over them to run to the bathroom. Stupid as I was, I just held it the rest of the way because I knew it wouldn't be long before we had to prepare for landing and it would be even worse to be stuck in the bathroom at that point. I was so happy when I got to Philadelphia and boy did I make a mad dash to the nearest ladies room. Took some imodium and was fine for the rest of the trip. What we don't put up with!!

Jen
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posted 02-28-1999 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been in that situation. It's horrible!
Being stuck in a situation when a big attack of gas or D hits you.

Does anyone out there have any tips for this type of situation??? How have your handled an embarrassing attack.

I've finally gotten the courage to run out the door when faced with these situations. I say "I have to go the bathroom!" or "I have gas!". Then I knock over old ladies and children As I make my getaway.

Belle
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posted 02-28-1999 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Belle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had to go in for a lower GI last year and they told me to use "Golytely" to empty out my Bowels. I started at 2:30 in the afternoon and Only finished half a Jug of this stuff. I was On the toilet from 3 pm till 6 Am straight the following morning.
They need to change the name of that stuff to
GoBadly instead of Golytely. I sure wasn't going litely. (smile*) I had an a 70 mile drive to get to the doctor for the lower GI test. I hit every bathroom on the interstate. Never ever use that stuff.
It's bad medicine !!

DALE
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posted 03-01-1999 12:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DALE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice to have a laugh - even if it is at someone elses expense. Maybe non-IBS people would be amused/more understanding if we let them in on our problems. I find I'm a little better when alone or in a safe place rather than say trapped in the dentist's chair or on a plane or in a theatre - brings up the stress question doesn't it?

DALE
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posted 03-01-1999 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DALE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice to have a laugh - even if it is at someone elses expense. Maybe non-IBS people would be amused/more understanding if we let them in on our problems. I find I'm a little better when alone or in a safe place rather than say trapped in the dentist's chair or on a plane or in a theatre - brings up the stress question doesn't it?

BobJ
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posted 03-01-1999 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BobJ   Click Here to Email BobJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jen

I'm not sure I would call these "tips" but there are two things that occur to me for these situations (which, of course, I've found myself in):

1. A "pre-emptive" approach: If you've kept a food and behaviour log for any length of time, you should be able to see the time spans during the day that an "attack" is less likely and those time spans during the day when an attack is more likely. Based on that, you can try to plan your times accordingly. I know that's not always possible, but it's worth the effort if you can avoid the situation altogether.

2. If you find yourself in the situation unavoidably, then DIAPERS can save quite a bit of embarrasment (not to mention clean-up time). I use them when I know I will be "exposed" to those time spans where I am likely to have an attack.

CAUTION: I am NOT saying that this whole thing is a "timing" sort of syndrome. On the contrary, IBS-D is notorius for disregarding all reason and logic when it comes to planning and predictions. But if I give myself the "impression" that I am in control, sometimes that's enough to get me through the bad time.

Sorry if my "tips" were not as enlightening as might be expected, but I can only speak from experience.

I welcome anyone else offering "real" tips.

BJ

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