Smart Pill test?

Has anyone had this done? My new GI wants me to get it done. It's kind of pricey and insurance probably won't pay for it, but it sounds like a great diagnostic tool since gastric emptying scans are so notoriously unreliable.

Just curious if anyone had this done and cared to share their experience.

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Yes I just had mine done a little while ago. Before this test all tests were coming back normal even my colonic manometry. This test showed how delayed everything was my stomach was really delayed even though it barely showed a delay with the gastric emptying and my colon was very delayed even though the colonic manometry showed up normal. The smart pill showed all of the full picture.The only other thing that showed I had something wrong was a full thickness biopsy on my stomach and small intestine. Other then that nothing was coming back like it was supposed to but I knew something was wrong. The smart pill really helped the doctor. It wasn't a hard test other then swallowing the pill and it wasn't anything thatcould hurt you so I would do it. The only thing is I had to sallow a fake one that showed if the real one could go through because if you swallow the real one and it doesn't go through they have to do surgery to get it out but the fake one dissolves eventually incase it gets stuck. They take an xray of the fake one to make sure they can see it and all of that. If they see it goes through they let you proceed and you can do the real test. They might have just done this with me since i had a possibility of it getting stuck because of previous biopsy surgery because of the possibilities of adhesions. The smart pill test was good for me and worked out. I hope this helps! Sorry for the confusing answer I am on my iPod so it has auto correct and sometimes messes up my thoughts.

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My GI doctor wanted me to do this test, but my insurance would not pay for it. Instead I did the standard GES, HIDA scan and the sitzer marker test. Since the results all came back abnormal, she said that those results were sufficient. She said that the treatment would be the same regardless of what the smart pill would produce. Hope this helps.

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I would recommend an gastric emptying test first and a HIDA scan before going with something pricey that your insurance won't cover. I was diagnosed with GP by only a gastric emptying test after a routine Endoscope test found food in my stomach after 12 hours of fasting. I would try one of these tests first. Good luck.

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The scopes found mine too but it was act of congress to. Get the test even with insurance. I see a pain specialist in the next week. I hope with his help to build support and get better management of these diseases.

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I had it done a few months ago. They did an abdominal CT ahead of time to look for strictures in the small intestine, which turned out to be more useful than the pill cam, because it showed full-on polycystic liver disease and that my humongous liver is displacing my other internal organs, including my stomach. Apparently, an alternative to the smart pill is a barium swallow with follow through, if you haven't had that yet. However, if they're considering the pyloric and stomach manometry, the pill cam is not that bad and I hear the stomach test is nasty. One outcome of the pill cam for me is that it ruled out intestinal motility problems, which was good news.
BTW, my insurance would pay for it only if a whole set of diagnostic tests had already been done, and they had, so I met the criteria. You may want to ask about that. Also, maybe your doc would appeal the insurance company decision if she/he thinks it's necessary.

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Thanks so much Allison for telling us about the swallowing of the fake pill first. I was scheduled for the smart pill test - read that the pill could get stuck so canceled it.

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I had it done and it was expensive and didn't come up with anything more than all my other tests had...nothing that could be causing all my digestive problems. So I'm stuck with that IBS-C diagnosis that gets you nowhere.

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Thank you everyone for sharing all your experiences. I am going to see my GI Specialist this Tuesday to discuss whether or not I should try the SmartPill to help figure out my digestive issues. I have gone the standard route of testing with all sorts of different diagnoses which aren't me at all!! The doctors all seem to have a different opinion as to what is wrong with me and quite frankly I am really angry!! I just want one diagnosis that we can work with! I am so tired of the pain, nausea and lack of nutrition!! I am just terrified to eat because it is usually an awful experience. Even liquids have their challenges!! Thank you for letting me vent,Nancy

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