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posted 03-08-1999 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pixy   Click Here to Email pixy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i was told to get a colonoscopy before a barium enenma. what exactly is that??
is that true that you get put to sleep for a barium enema?
thanks kate
ps. my doctor is dr. goldade or dr. keashly.
id be getting the enema in the childrens hospital i think


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posted 03-08-1999 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skube     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I had my appendix removed, I wasn't
put to sleep for the barium enema (I wasn't
entirely happy about it, either :p )

I was told that Id perhaps get a colonoscopy from my current doctor, because my right side abdominal pain has resurfaced 3-4 years after my appendix was removed :< All my pain began with what looked like a neuropathy in the right foot, now it has spread to the R foot, calf, hamstring, lower abdomen (R side), just below the chest cavity, and arm. And of course Ive been on all the anti-inflammatories and had a stint with elavil for 2-3 months.

Im curious to see how folks respond to your message about the colonoscopy (ie what problems it may uncover as well).

Good luck,



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posted 03-08-1999 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JillAnn   Click Here to Email JillAnn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

This is my experience with MY doctors...unfortunately they aren't all the same!

For a flexible sigmoidoscopy the dr. puts a flexible tube with a little camera on the end up your behind and they sort of ease it in and look to see what is in there. You have drunk this stuff to clean you out the night before. The flex.sig. only goes part way around your large intestine and I was not put to sleep for mine. It was rather embarassing but not too painful. I saw the whole thing on the monitor (and the nurse held my hand the whole time)

A colonoscopy is a similar procedure, but they put the scope through all of your large intestine, you are asleep for that one.

The Barium Enema I was not asleep for, but believe me I wish I had been!! I don't think you can be asleep because they ask you to roll this way and that.. They put barium up your rear via-a tube. Some BE's they put air in also (they did with mine) Then they roll you around to make sure the barium is all around in your intestines. It was NOT a pleasant experience, but I did survive. Oh during all of this they take a whole bunch of x-rays.

I hope this wasn't stuff you already knew.. I didn't mean to be over-informative.

Good luck, you will survive the tests, if you can be put out, I would be just to avoid the embarassment, but Doctors and nurses are professionals, they don't think anything of looking at your rear... it looks a lot like everyone else's that they saw that day!!

Best of luck!!! Hope you find the answers you are looking for!


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posted 03-08-1999 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gal4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. The first was uncomfortable, but bearable. The second was rather painful. I was given a sedative, but the pain would wake me up. The Dr. said that I would be in complete control and could stop the test at anytime, but they completely ignored my moans and groans. One isn't very articulate with a sedative (except for an oath or two that I uttered. I hope I never have to have another. They told me I should have one at least every 5 years because my father had colon cancer. Forget it.

The responses posted after mine were really much more helpful. I agree that the prep is worse than the experience. I was with my sister when she had the same thing and her prep was much easier than mine. She also did not experience as much pain as I did and doesn't remember anything. Years earlier when I had a sig. the Dr. told me I have some very tight turns in my bowel. I believe, too, that I was undersedated. I can't stress enough the importance of talking to your Dr. about these points. My husband just found out that he has to have a barium enima and barium swallow. I feel as bad about it as he does.

[This message has been edited by gal4 (edited 03-11-99).]


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posted 03-10-1999 03:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A colonoscopy doesn't do you much good without biopsies. Tissue samples for testing of diseases. These biposies will rule out more serious diseases like crohn's colitis or celiac's. You may have heard me say this before, but I am going to hammer it into everyone's head until they agree with me. The cleaning out process beforehand is the most uncomfortable part of a colonoscopy, and if you feel any pain, scream for more painkillers. They always undermedicate me. The barium enema is worse, they fill you up with barium and then air and you have to be awake. You feel so pumped up that you think you are going to blow that thing up your butt across the room.
Someone on Frank's Board just had a colonoscopy done with biopsies and found out that they had colitis. I am so proud of them.

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posted 03-10-1999 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rika     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had a couple of colonoscopies. The prep is a pain. Do yourself a favor, either don't each much for a couple of days before or do the liquid diet. The last time I could barely drink the small bottle of stuff they prescribed. I preferred taking 5 yrs earlier something called Go-Lightly.

Both times the pain wasn't too bad. It's uncomfortable, but the second time I didn't remember a thing -- VERSED is a tranquilizer that erases your memory. I won't want it for the next time. Despite being 'relaxed' you'll still feel the air they pump in to manoeuver, just breathe out alot -- it'll pass.

I think relative to the prep, the colonoscopy isn't so bad. Don't let either stop you from getting the test. It's important, talk with your doctor before hand about how tranquilized or cognizant you want to be.


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posted 03-11-1999 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gal4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish I had read your advice before I had my procedure. I am sure I was undermedicated. I also went with my sister when she had hers and her prep was much easier. Just got news that my husband needs barium enima and swallow. If you have further advice please let me know.

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