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Old 10-29-2007, 08:08 PM   #1
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Need Advice about Sitz Marker test

I suffer from chronic constipation and am about to undergo a Sitz Marker test to check for slow motility or possible pelvic floor dysfunction. Right now my Gastro MD has me on Miralax 2x/day, Ducosate Sodium 2x/day, Fiber 2Tblspn/day, and a tapwater enema every third day that I fail to have a bowel movement (which is quite common for me).
Here is my question...My doctor has told me to maintain the existing regimen of laxatives and enemas during the 5 day period of the transit study. This does NOT make sense to me (especially the enemas). I would think that an enema would render the results of the test useless. I'm scheduled to start the test in 2 days and would appreciate any thoughts you might have.
Am I crazy or is my doctor?

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Old 10-30-2007, 02:25 PM   #2
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Re: Need Advice about Sitz Marker test

you are right there is no way you can fine out your transit rate time with
laxatives, i stopped them two days prior took fleet soda and clean my out
the night before and went on a liquid semi diet for seven days , it is very
difficult to go off any laxatives i got impacted and my system shut down.
it was hell ,at the end they found i was some what slow but ,the only option
to fix this is surgery, the regimen you are following is what the only
prescription regimen to maintain bm,it was a waste for me it took about
a month to be okay again. but it does tell you your transit time,if you can
bare it its a good idea.i think you need a another opinion from a gi that does not make sense at all.

Old 02-12-2008, 06:04 AM   #3
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Re: Need Advice about Sitz Marker test

I know it's been awhile but can either of you tell me how often you had to get xrays for the Sitz Marker test. My Gi doc has me for day 0 and day 5. When I called to schedule the test, they told me they ususally do an xray on day 3 and then day 5 if needed.

ANy help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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