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3/7/11 11:25 A

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I've also had 2 plus sigmoidoscopy plus upper endoscope due to ulcerative colitis and gastric ulcers. It wasn't too bad. Once I used the pills and I've had the gallon liquid twice. I prefer the liquid. But the last time I finished the liquid fine and then vomited the Dulcolax tablets that follow. They burned a hole in my stomach that felt like acid and burned my throat on the way up too. It was miserable but I was still able to take the test. I had to insist on it, my dr said I didn't need it. They did find mild colitis though which didn't need treatment but it relieved my mind. My dh has a strong family history of colon cancer and the specialist recommends the kids all have scopes every 3 yrs starting at young ages. We had to convince the doctors here of that but they have fallen in line. I never want to watch my dh die the death his mother did. So glad they have this test!


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3/6/11 10:28 P

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I have had 2 and suggest for everyone. I didn't have any history of colon cancer but because I have had IBS for years my doctor suggested it. Both of my colonoscopies found polyps which were taken care of. I am glad that the procedure was done. Polyps, if left untreated, can turn into cancer. Please discuss having the procedure done with your physician.

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3/6/11 8:09 P

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I wish I could have chosen which prep to use. That one where you have to get up around 3 or 4 was definitely bad and they wouldn't even let you have the citrus flavored one. I was able to mix apple juice to drink it because otherwise I couldn't drink it at all. On top of that one I had to drink the one you buy at the store. I couldn't finish that gallon one, but got far enough that I was okay. Your suggestions are great.

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3/6/11 3:19 P

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I haven't had to go that distance yet and have no history, my IBS is more stress related and due to the fact that I don't have a gall bladder which makes digestion more difficult for some foods that are now triggers, the food basically doesn't break down if it's greasy, waxy or really fibrous.

The rest of your story about what to have on hand, always do, I never know whether I'll be c or d on any given day. I just went through a bout of dehydration and am now c.....

It's a hard grind, but most of the time I can find that balance where all is well.

Wish you luck....

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3/6/11 3:27 A

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I am 41 (non smoker) and due to my maternal grandmother passing away from colon cancer (heavy smoker) I have had three or four already since age 28. The gastroenterologist told me that it is somewhat common if a relative had colon cancer that it is possible for someone in the family line to get IBS.

My advice is...if you work full time, do your prep on a Sunday and request a first thing Monday morning test. Buy non orange or red jello cups, white grape juice, ginger ale, chicken broth, Super Soft Charmin. If you have ever had a problem with hemorroids, buy preparation H and the tucks wipes, My husband had to make a midnight run to Walgreens for these medical needed supplies. If possible request the fluid to drink all day the day before, the one that was moviprep, I had wake up at 3 or 4 am the day of the test and finish the other half, which I was gagging with.

My husband has his first one at age 45 in April because his father got colon cancer a few years ago. With our history of acid reflux, we both need had the endoscope and colonoscopy at the same time.

I wish you luck with your results!

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