gastroenterology department (mri)

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today i recieved a letter from MRI inviting me to the gastroenterology department next monday, letter dosent explain why, recently had barium meal exray and endoscopy found reflux and food stuck on test and i have chronic inflammation but low end of normal also found im low normal in my zinc levels. there is no leaflet or information to suggest any test are happening only says if i require medication i can pick it up from pharmacy and to be prepared to wait as they can get busy, my question is anyone have any idea whats going to or could happen.  just so im prepared for any eventuallity

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    Speak to  your doctor to get an explanation and ask if you need another referral to Gastroenterology.
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      thats the trouble, the results were given to me over the phone but was told the dr would need to see them and wait for the barium meal results which i was given after the test done, the dr would ring me if there was any need to discuss anything. the dr that started these test is only there two days a week, and my work pattern means that i cant have my phone on me in one job and dr is busy or not open when im on second, its a nightmare to get an appointment as it is
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      When you manage to get an appointment, speak to a different doctor who will have your notes on the computer.  The doctor I usually see is often away too so sometimes I see someone else. If it is just a case of explaining your results, any doctor can do this
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    what indicated this :

    i have chronic inflammation but low end of normal  

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      not sure what you mean when you say indicated, all this started in january  last year when a new dr i saw was shocked i had been on omeprazole for a diagnosed dudenal ulcer 32 years ago, she took me of them saying research showed long term use killed the good bacteria in the gut and that the ulcer would have healed, i was fine for a few monthes, got a sudden onset of burning from my throat to my stomach and down my back, gaviscon i was prescribed had no effect, a month on lansparole had no effect what so ever even combining with other ant acids so put back on omeprazole, because of my family history, mum died of throat cancer dad stomach cancer i was rushed through via paps (i think), after having the endoscopy i was took of paps,as no signs of cancer found but was to wait for results of the 8 biopsies taken,  next test was the barium meal xray which showed i had reflux and food not going down completly, he also said that my osephegus didnt empty completly and to drink something with my meals to help, i can now judge when to come of the omeprazole and when to restart them. through this site and other searching i have learnt that long term use of this medication can create and mask other conditions, over the years of being on those tablets there were times i came of by myself then restarted when i felt the heartburn/dyspepsia and stomach pains. makes me wonder if in multi dr practises where you rarely see the surgery dr but a locum if any one actually reads notes, the times i had to say i cant be prescribed this or that is rediculous, even when i got called in for a drug review its "what can i do for you" ermm drug review, "oh right any unwanted side effects, blood pressure, "ok carry on as you are"

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    Sounds as if you weren't aware, that your doc or gastroenterologist referred you to MRI and they just informed you about appointment.?

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      We btw had to fight to get the wonderful imaging of MRI done even have to pay privately. It's another tool, free of radiation, for imaging, to get closer to an answer.

      There is MRI enterography, which looks at the guts and hence you get some half liter to drink for contrasting (the guts) and iv some medication like buscopan (so that guts don't move too much and distort pics) and gadolinium contrast.

      Or there is normal abdominal MRI without fluid to drink to check surroundings, angles, blood vessles, diameters, mostly also with gadolinium contrast and buscopan.

      All the best!

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      and there would be MRA and MRV, a fully non invasive form via MRI of looking at arteries and veins in the area of trouble.

      I wonder which form of MRI you will get done. Just basic plain look in area, enterography or angio/venogram? (not to confuse with invasive angiographie)

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      would i not have to fast for any of these, nothing in letter to say not to eat or drink for so long before test if this is for further testing.
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      then it's not an enterography,

      just a plain MRI it seems.

      For normal MRI (to look at organs and structures as a basic 'look around'wink you don't need to fast, for venogramm and angiogramm either. (The enterography needs fasting to have the liquid coat the walls and distend the guts usually.)

      I love MRIs, it's really a great imaging technique.

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      thank you i did think for a while if there was some confusion over the mri bit as we say mri for manchester royal infirmary, have reread the letter and it says location outpatient department mri  hospital manchester royal infirmary, so think you could be right about it being an mri. lets hope that this time i fill my patient data at home not like my first visit on the reception desk and get called in thereby grabbing the letters and such and leaving my phone on the desk. had a blind panic after getting to bus stop and about to phone work and daughter to say i was out, return to the hospital and it was behind reception, daughter had rang luckily so had a sticky note on to say who it belonged to, nothing runs smooth for me, 

       

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    had my hospital visit yesterday, was just that, saw the specialist, got weighed 8.6 height taken 5.6. speacialist asked me a series of questions, examined my stomach, then told me my results, endosopy showed no bacteria, biopsies came back as normal and there is chronic inflammation, then showed me my barium swallow, my gullet contracts in multiple places, this then pushes the food/drink back up, im to stay on the omeprazole for life and some other drug he is getting my dr to prescribe to take when im in pain. ordered a full blood check including celiac,to be done after i saw him as when i mentioned all my results came back fine except the zinc levels were on the low end of normal, those results were not included in the paperwork sent to him hence him having them redone, having my pancreas and gall bladder scanned when they send for me, told me i was extremly pale and he wondered if i was anaemic and i was too slender. im basically to look after myself more. as usual i forgot the name of the drug he has suggested, call to drs tells me to call back today to see if fax has come through, and the name of this condition, one thing he did point out that im eating my evening meal too late and if i can try to eat earlier and if not lighter meals. it was really interesting to see what my gullet does rather than just being told in words.
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