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I have had two colonoscopies. My first exam was nine years ago, the last four years ago. Both experiences were good. My wife who is 63 had the procedure done near the same time as I did this last time. She won't take the phospho soda again; they will have to use something else for her. All sedation was well tolerated by both of us; we both chose to be "out."

Iíve also had the sigmoidoscopy, as I have a stricture at the bottom of my esophagus. No problems there either.

The MDs I chose did 10 to 20 a day on the days they scheduled exams. One doctor was a woman, the other a man.

My wife is a nurse and my older daughter is also. My wife was the reason I had the first exam. She knew the MD and recommended that I do it. I swore to myself when I was 23 that I would not be stupid about my health. If there is a test, I take it. These are cleared by my wife and daughter, and the MD gives me a thorough check before the exam or test.

My Spark page recommends the test. One Spark friend replied it saved her husbandís life.

There is no family history of colorectal cancer to my knowledge. I had heard of someone I knew, though, getting a perforated bowel that during a colonoscopy, but that was a long time ago. I think at that time the tubes were more rigid and they didnít put the patients outóso it was much more uncomfortable

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