By sisson Latest Reply 2011-03-17 14:22:00 -0500
Started 2011-03-13 18:42:38 -0500

I have much to tell you guy's . First sence I have last been on the site I am now 214 I don't remember how much I was the last time I was on here. I have been helping my daughter out my oldest grandson just had 3 operations tubies in his ears and his toncles tooken out, his atnoise tooken out too. I was gone for a week. I would like to know if any of you would know what is an GI I go for cancle on March 23. Can anyone help me. Thank you

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Ruaidh 2011-03-17 14:22:00 -0500 Report

GI refers to gastro-intestinal, basically from your mouth to your rectum. An "upper" GI is either going to be the barium radioscope where you drink the barium while being x-rayed, or the endoscopy or esophogram where they insert a camera down your esophagus while you are “lightly” sedated. They use one version to see a “moving” x-ray, similar to looking at a bunch of photographs showing motion.

A “lower” GI is a colonoscopy where they insert the camera through your rectum to examine your intestinal tract in reverse. Neither are very unpleasant, mostly just slightly embarrassing. The prep the night before is the hardest part. I told the tech I signed up with that I was diabetic and that fasting was pretty hard on me so they made sure that I was scheduled early in the day.

After the procedure you will need to pass gas before they let you go home (Finally! Something I am good at!) and you have to have someone else drive you home, but then you start on your normal diet at that point. Watch your BG numbers closely as you can be pretty low from not eating the night prior.


realsis77 2011-03-14 08:23:32 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome back! I'm glad to hear from you again! I think a GI is where they scope you to be able to check and make sure you are doing well in your intestinal track. I think it stands for Gastronial intestinal . I'm not positive but I think so.I hope I've helped in some way. I'm sure you can get the details of the GI by looking it up online. I've never had one yet and I'm sure online can tell you exactly what to expect! I will pray for you that all goes well! Please keep us posted on how your doing and how the test went ok? Good luck and God bless!

jayabee52 2011-03-14 01:53:19 -0500 Report

I have had both a colonoscopy and a scope down the esophagus (can't remember the name of that proceedure now). If you're doing the colonoscope, you have to drink about a gallon of some nasty tasting stuff that cleans your intestines so they can see the walls of the intestines. They're looking for polyps and more importantly for colon cancer. When I had toe scope down the throat, I was not supposed to eat or drink ("NPO") anything for about 12 hrs before the proceedure. I had that done 2x: once in 2006, and then in 2010. The 2010 scope revealed a bleeding ulcer.

For both upper and lower scopes you are put into a "twilite sleep" so I really didn't feel any of those 3 'scopes. The most discomfort is if you have the colonoscopy prep, where you have sometimes uncontrollable loose bowel movements. Then sometimes you're not clean enough inside, so they give you an enema! SO MUCH FUN!

Just thought you might like to see a column by humorist Dave Barry on his colonoscopy:


Blessings to you and yours


missduty 2011-03-14 03:15:56 -0500 Report

I am suppose to have a endoscopy ultrasound done, really dreading it! I had one before, but; they did not give me enough of the sedative, was awake, and very alert, very scary. I guess that is why I dread it so much is because of the experience from before! Hate the tube going down my throat.

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2011-03-14 09:26:53 -0500 Report

Im not sure if your a natural redhead, but my sis and niece are both naturals and they dont respond well to sedatives AT ALL!!! My sister actually felt most of her c-section when she had it done :( They did some study about this as well a while back. Im sure you can google it. I would let the doc know about your last experience before he does this next one. Good luck!

jayabee52 2011-03-14 03:36:13 -0500 Report

I'm wondering if the sedative they gave you works for you. since our bodies react differently to the same medication. You might ask if there is a way you can tell whether the med they gave you last time, doesn't work for you, and if there might be something which does work.

It does not do anyone good if your scared of the proceedure.

runthe 2011-03-13 21:41:05 -0500 Report

I had them both done. It is nothing to worry about. The upper GI is they make you drink some barium and watch it go down. The lower GI is taken with you laying down and a enema is inserted into the rectum area where a machine can look at your intestines. It is more uncomfortable than and upper.

cograndma 2011-03-15 14:47:34 -0500 Report

I had an upper and lower GI done. All they did was make me drink cherry flavored barium and then did xrays. If the liquid was not where they could see what they needed to, they just waited a couple of hours and took the xrays again. Not uncomfortable at all, just nasty tasting stuff to drink… Piece of cake!!
I also had a colonoscopy and was asleep the whole time. the only messy thing was drinking all of the liquid the night before and cleaning me out… spent most of the night in the bathroom…

jayabee52 2011-03-15 14:50:13 -0500 Report

and I hadn't cleaned out enough they thought. That's when they did an enema on me. Really embarassing.

pixsidust 2011-03-13 20:05:13 -0500 Report

I have had both upper and lower GI's. They are really no biggie. The most common is the upper GI You drink barium which is like Kaopectate or Pepto Bismal. Stand in front of a screen and get scanned. They can see the course of your swallow. Nothing to it

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