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Upper GI - Barium passed through after 3 hours - too quick?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

So this morning I had an Upper GI & x-ray. I had to swallow the nasty white barium drink which makes its way through your intestines and allows the doc to follow its travels through the GI system using x-rays. I took maybe an hour & a half or so for it to reach my colon. Then the test was done.

About 3 hours after I first started drinking the barium, it's already starting to pass through me. I had around 3 cups of the stuff. Does this have any significance?

I've been working with my GP to figure out my chronic fatigue/muscle weakness, inability to gain weight, and IBS. He suspects it's some sort of malabsorption issue so he sent me to the GI doctor for "Diarrhea and weight loss" who looked at all of my previous blood work and ordered some additional testing for C.diff antibodies and my cortisol level along with the Upper GI (hopefully will get these results by the end of the week).

Most of my blood labs are within range, but some of the levels look a little whacky to me. I mentioned to my GP that my testosterone & B12 levels seem in the low range, but he keeps saying they're perfectly fine.

If anyone has thoughts, I'd love to hear them. Hopefully my GI doctor will be able to offer something conclusive in the next couple of days.

Thanks!

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on August 15, 2012
at 10:36 PM

I would hope my body would prioritize moving barium out of my body quickly. I'm not sure you can extrapolate how fast your other food is digesting from that. You could do a test of your own and eat 1-2 beets. You'll know exactly what your transit time is after that.

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on June 21, 2012
at 10:14 PM

no not healed exactly, so hard to get good medical care, but what helped with the imflamtion was LDN, some accupuncture as well. I'm currently on GAPS and seeing some improvement. Mine went on for 8 years without good medical care (we move countries every 2-3 years so never make it past testing and have to start all over again). I'm doing it on my own now. I dont take the LDN now but I have it incase it gets bad again

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on June 20, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Thanks Jackie, perhaps barium passes through more quickly? I guess my concern is if food is also passing through at the same rate.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on June 20, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Thanks for your input Kelly. So are you healed? What did you do to decrease the inflammation?

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on June 20, 2012
at 11:41 PM

Yea, not the most pleasant stuff. I didn't get much pain, but a little nausea.

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:15 PM

I had a barium swallow last fall, the upper GI and small bowel series, and I began to pass the barium within 3-4 hours, but most of it was about 5-6 hours later. I had eaten lightly the day before and obviously had nothing the day of - so it might be kind of normal.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on June 20, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Thanks Jackie, perhaps barium passes through more quickly? I guess my concern is if food is also passing through at the same rate.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 15, 2012
at 10:36 PM

I would hope my body would prioritize moving barium out of my body quickly. I'm not sure you can extrapolate how fast your other food is digesting from that. You could do a test of your own and eat 1-2 beets. You'll know exactly what your transit time is after that.

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on June 20, 2012
at 07:32 PM

Barium cause severe pain for me. I really wish they would devise another test for testing the upper GI. Takes at least 5 hours to pass through me.

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

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on June 20, 2012
at 11:41 PM

Yea, not the most pleasant stuff. I didn't get much pain, but a little nausea.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 20, 2012
at 05:19 PM

when I did mine it was through in 30 minutes (they told me to be prepared to be there for up to 8 hours while they constantly snapped xrays of me; after the first xrays in 20 minutes they had to take them all at one time)....in my case it meant that my digestion transition time was way too fast obviously....mind you this was a few years ago. They sent me for allergy testing, I ended up being allergic to just about everything in my diet.

My colonoscopy not long after ended up revealing much irritation, the tissue was tested was pure immflamtion from allergies. I was not absorbing nutrients and was barely 100lbs. All my blood work was within the limits, no infections just clearly imflamation.

Finish getting all the testing and hopefully they'll have a clear picture of everything

D460f31ffa93f2b244ee66ba966574b9

(153)

on June 20, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Thanks for your input Kelly. So are you healed? What did you do to decrease the inflammation?

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on June 21, 2012
at 10:14 PM

no not healed exactly, so hard to get good medical care, but what helped with the imflamtion was LDN, some accupuncture as well. I'm currently on GAPS and seeing some improvement. Mine went on for 8 years without good medical care (we move countries every 2-3 years so never make it past testing and have to start all over again). I'm doing it on my own now. I dont take the LDN now but I have it incase it gets bad again

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