A Capsule Endoscopy Helps to Manage My Small Bowel Crohn’s Disease

A Capsule Endoscopy Helps to Manage My Small Bowel Crohn’s Disease
A few weeks ago, I mentioned having a magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) in preparation for a capsule endoscopy. This was my third capsule endoscopy and I wanted to share my perspective as a patient. A capsule endoscopy uses a capsule the size of a large pill with a wireless camera inside. The patient swallows the pill to allow viewing of the digestive system, sometimes after or in lieu of a colonoscopy and endoscopy. The procedure has the benefit of not requiring anesthesia. Because I have small bowel Crohn's disease, this scope procedure is beneficial to my gastroenterology team. Regular colonoscopies and endoscopies do not show the small bowel, where the majority of my inflammation is found. The capsule endoscopy moves from top to bottom of the digestive system while the camera takes multiple photos and creates a video-like viewing of the intestines. To prepare for the capsule, my care team ordered the MRE to look for any swallowing problems. After that came back OK, the capsule endoscopy was scheduled. I prepped the night before with magnesium citrate and bisacodyl, which are laxatives to help flush out my bowels for better viewing. This was my third capsule endoscopy and the first time I have been asked to prep. I wasn't prepared for the magnesium citrate to taste like pure lemon. It was a very effective bowel prep, and I have asked my gastroenterology team whether it could replace mixtures such as GoLYTELY. They told me I could possibly do this prep instead.   Laxatives the night before helped prepare Mary Horsley fo
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