Barium Solution

posted 1 year ago in Wellness
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Honey bee

@AB Bride:  What choice of flavors are you getting?

I had to drink those a few times to test for Crohn’s disease, and they are not pleasant. The taste isn’t so bad as the consistency is hard to deal with. It’s thick, and heavy. And btw, when they tell you to drink plenty of water afterwards, they aren’t kidding. I made the mistake of running errands afterwards, and I was so miserable afterwards. It will turn into clay if you don’t hydrate.

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Honey bee

Also, the taste isn’t as bad as the amount they want you to drink in a specific amount of time. It’s just so heavy! I know I said that already, but it’s so true. But you can do it. I’ve had worse things enter my mouth. 

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Honey bee

@AB Bride:  Same with mine. I had to fast, and then drink some maybe 20 minutes before the procedure. The size of the serving though is just really thick and filling.

I had some fruity flavor. I think black berry once and strawberry another? Really the flavors don’t matter much. If I had the option for chocolate, I still think the outcome would have been the same.

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Busy bee

I worked in an off site imaging place. That barrium is nasty. We would tell patients to keep it chilled and use a straw. It helps you pretend it’s a milkshake :)

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Busy bee

I’m assuming if you’re fasting it’s an ab/pel scan? Try to get as much in as possible. It’s really important.

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Helper bee

I’m one of the people who make people drink this for a living.  It’s not so much the taste that’s the problem for most people, it’s the consistency.  Almost chalky.

The amount you’ll have to drink and how quickly will depend on what test you’re having done.

It shouldn’t really be a problem if you gag, lots of people do.  

The only time I’ve ever seen flavor options is at a children’s hospital, where they had chocolate and strawberry Nesquick to mix in.  All the adult ones I’ve seen the bottles are labelled as being some sort of berry flavor, but let’s be honest: it all tastes like chalk.

Good luck.  It really is not as bad as I’m making it sound, I promise.  Everyone gets through it.  It’s usually over pretty quickly and then you get to go eat/drink whatever you want. 

@StuporDuck:  So right.  Water water water and extra fibre afterwards makes a difference.

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Helper bee

@AB Bride:  Every radiologist and hospital is slightly different, so it can vary a bit, but in my experience the procedure has gone something like this:

You’ll have to first swallow some gas pills to help expand your stomach (not sure if they use these everywhere, but if you do have to take them they’re pretty much just like pop rocks candy, not bad at all).  Then you’ll have to drink a small cup of thick barium.  This will coat the lining of your stomach.  Then you’ll be given a larger cup of thin barium with a straw.  You’ll drink the thin barium while the radiologist takes x-rays to watch what happends in your esophagus when you swallow and watch your stomach empty into the first part of your small intestine.  

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Bumble bee

@AB Bride:  I had to do a barium swallow test a few summers ago. As PP stated, it’s not the flavor; it’s the consistency. I had a cherry flavor and it tasted like cherry flavored chalk. It was really thick, so I couldn’t drink it as fast as I would have liked.

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Busy bee

@AB Bride:  OK, I think I’ve had the test you’re talking about. I’ve had to drink Barium several times for different GI tests, so sometimes I’ve had to drink 2 full containers of it, and others just a few sips while they took images of me swallowing and the solution emptying into my stomach. Honestly, it’s not THAT bad. Yes, it’s not something anyone would drink if they had a choice, and it’s quite thick and chalky, but nothing you can’t swallow quickly without really tasting it.

For the test I think you’re talking about, I had to lay on a tilting table, and it was: take a swallow, they’d tilt the table a certain way, take an image, take another swallow, tilt another way, take another image, etc. In total, I didn’t have to consume too much of the solution, and it wasn’t as filling as when I had to drink 2 whole containers.

Unless you have a super crazy sensitive gag reflex, I think you’ll be OK!

Good luck!

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