I've just had a barium enema & had such info from people posting so I'd like to say thanks & add an account of my experience.
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After suffering pain in my abdomen for some time (not all the time) & also passing motions which are generally really loose & sometimes liquid a few times daily for some time - having been a once a day person - my doctor tested my urine & I had blood tests which were taken after I'd fasted. I had a pelvic ultrasound too. The ultrasound showed nothing & blood tests only showed a slight raise in sugar.
1st February: I had more blood tests today & I had another ultrasound arranged to check out above the pelvic area (stomach, liver etc) on 10th February BUT I'd been booked in for a barium enema Xray on 9th & it is this that I was concerned about. I am in Weston-Super-Mare having these tests.
I suffer from anxiety attacks especially when stressed, I couldn't think of anything else but the xray (& the results) & I had been having nightmares & little sleep. I have been prescribed Citalopram daily to try to stop these attacks.
7th February: I was only to eat low fibre food today. As the xray dept didn't tell me WHAT to eat I ate two slices of white toast with the minimal of margarine (& black coffee which I'd have anyway) for a late breakfast then three small white rolls with chicken breast & a teeny bit of mayonaise so it wasn't so dry. I'd Googled for low fibre diets & it said I could eat chicken also mayonaise but I really wasn't sure. I do not want to have to repeat the xrays if I've done something wrong!
8th February: 7.30am I prepared the 1st Citramag to drink at 8am. I had to put 200ml of hot water into a large wide mouthed jug as it fizzes up LOADS! It was like adding water to Andrews Liver salts & it fizzed violently for ages as I stirred it. I shouldn't have looked into it as it had fumes coming from it that almost took my breath away. You could smell the lime & lemon, which it was flavoured with, all over the house.
At 8am it was cold & looked slightly milky. I was expecting it to taste disgusting but it thankfully was very pleasant. It tasted much like a very good lemonade, the one that says "made with real lemons". I was thinking it would be great with ice cubes in the heat in July in Spain sat at a beachside cafe. I'd decided to take my laptop to the bedroom & work from there as it's next to the bathroom for convenience. It wasn't long till I felt heat starting in my stomach then I needed to go. I've not had solid motions in ages & I'm used to having diarrhea, that's one reason I'm being investigated. A while later the fire began in earnest, another trip to the bathroom.
I could have white bread & a boiled or poached egg for breakfast with the same for lunch (plus cheese & clear soup like minestrone with the 'bits' strained out) & I had to fit lunch in before 4pm which was the latest time I was meant to take the 2nd dose of Citramag laxative. So, I made some toast at around 11am & was waiting for it to cool when the need took over & I flew upstairs to the bathroom. OMG! I had such incredible pain in my stomach & felt sick too. I shouted out in pain & yelled "fetch a bucket fast" to my husband who, thankfully, was within hearing distance. Jeez!!! When your stomach is empty you bring up what tastes like grapefruit juice, awful. When the intense pain hit I sicked & crapped together, I was sweating & yet I felt chilled too. I felt desperate. Suddenly the sickness left me as fast as it had come& I managed to eat my toast. I was given a reprieve from going to the bathroom & I could rest on my bed (which is by the bathroom ... just in case!)
I had more toast with a few teaspoonfuls of plain cottage cheese around 3pm - I couldn't face egg - then made up the 2nd Citramag & thought "I'm not looking forward to this, AT ALL!" At 4pm I drank that & waited & waited & waited! It was ages till my stomach stirred, it rumbled rather than felt it was on fire. I never felt any urge (or pain) to go to the bathroom with this 2nd lot, I had to remind myself to go &, by then, it was like shitting through the eye of a needle.
By 7pm I decided my bowels had settled down enough to venture downstairs to watch TV in the lounge with my husband. I kept popping to the bathroom & more came away. At bedtime I'd felt I'd got off lightly with this 2nd dose. When I lay down I felt I had to go & that happened twice before I could settle. I woke a few times during the night to go then too so I didn't have a restful night. I was also feeling shaky about this test &, quite naturally, the results.
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