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Old 01-20-2008, 07:17 PM   #1
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Barium enema & IBS???

How does a barium enema help my Dr. diagnose IBS?

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Old 01-20-2008, 08:55 PM   #2
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Re: Barium enema & IBS???

You're meaning irritable bowel syndrome and not inflammatory bowel disease, right?

Personally, I don't think the barium enema diagnoses anything. It might see something, but usually other tests are needed for confirmation. I had a good 15 inches of severely inflamed rectum/sigmoid from ulcerative colitis and it showed NOTHING!

I personally think it's a wasteful test. Get a colonoscopy....better served by having a direct visual, plus the doctor can take biopsies.

Of course, this is based on my experience.....many don't think the barium enema test shows anything either. The upper barium swallow seems to be a different story regarding ulcers...I had that as well...was no bit deal.

The barium enema test is .... well....more degrading than a colonoscopy. Maybe it was the nasty woman and man I had doing my test. I suggested they might want to trade!

It's all a matter of perspective!

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Old 01-20-2008, 09:41 PM   #3
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Several years ago I had a barium enema. Before I had the enema I had a colonoscopy. Because of adhesions from a hysterectomy the doctor wasn't able to reach some of my intestines with the scope. She then ordered the barium enema. It wasn't really that uncomfortable. I was fortunate to have a nice technican that was very patient and talked to me the whole time. Take care.


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