Jul 14, 2017
So what's new?
I am 33 pounds down at 10 weeks post op. I still have severe GERD and abdominal pain. I was in the hospital twice last week.
Today I went and did the barium swallow first they gave me some white mini fizzy stuff that look like pixie stick candy. This stuff was to expand my stomach. It caused a lot of gas and they said not to burp. The barium tasted like chalk with a little Stevia in it. They wanted me to take big sips and i literally was gagging and then throwing it up. The doctor who was viewing the test kept yelling just swallow just swallow as i was gagging.
The technician was really sweet and understanding explained what she required. At one point I was just constantly heaving i threw up in the barium liquid and the doctor was like just drink it.... i was like hell no you must be mad.
The technician asked if i needed a fresh cup i tried not to roll my eyes and said yes. Then she appeared with a marshmallow. She's said swallow it. I seriously thought she was crazy. If i can barely get thick liquids down how am i going to get this marshmallow down. 4 mins later after heaving gagging and nearly choking. The marshmallow went down with the barium liquid. It was painful and uncomfortable but i survived the ordeal.
Then i had to go do xrays in a different room as the room i was in bed had a weight limit of 297lb. I was so embarrassed as i was too heavy to stand on the edge of the machine.
So that being said I had to do about 10 xrays of my abdomin. Then as i finish the technician says the barium may cause constipation. Ummm really i can't imagine being more constipated than i am now.