Post Edited (Hoping2BWell) : 6/15/2006 10:55:29 PM (GMT-6)
I imagine if your scope didn't show disease that the burning is unrelated to the Crohn's and is probably your medication. You might want to ask your doctor if you could stop taking the medication for a few days to see if it is the culprit?
Thanks Sue for answering my questions. I am about ready to try almost anything!
What is the difference between J-pouch and colostomy? I was not given an option, I just woke up to a colostomy! I had a colostomy due to proctectomy and removal of the sigmoid colon.
Again, thanks for answering my question. I appreciate it.
God bless and stay well,
A j-pouch is a false rectum created out of the small intestine and allows similar bowel function to a healthy colon. The j-pouch procedure is offered to patients with ulcerative colitis as that disease is limited to the colon and rectum only. It can also be performed on Crohn's patients if their disease is limited to the colon (Crohn's/colitis). I hope that answers your question!
Yes, that helps with my understanding. I was not given a choice (my Chron's was in the sigmoid/rectum area and so maybe I should have had that option!) I only know how the colostomy works rather than the J-pouch works. I imagine waste is captured and held in the "pouch" and then emptied in similar fashion to the colostomy. My colostomy sits just left of my naval and my "bag" is pretty large. My Stoma is 1 1/2" (that is the size of my wafer and bag, anyway.) I can't picture where or how the j-pouch sits, though!
Post Edited (Hoping2BWell) : 6/16/2006 10:39:29 AM (GMT-6)
No, a j-pouch does not work like a colostomy/ileostomy. A j-pouch works like a rectum. We eliminate waste in the same manner (through the anus) that we did with a colon/rectum. Because we have no colon, our ability to hold waste is decresed making bathroom trips more frequent. I am surprised this wasn't given to you as an option?
Post Edited (Hoping2BWell) : 6/16/2006 9:32:25 PM (GMT-6)
Thanks, Cindy, for your reply and information. I was afraid that this might be Crohn's involvement in the Stoma. My GI says that my colonoscopy last month was looking very good! I can't imagine that within one month there would be involvement in such a degree that my stoma would be burning. :(( I guess I should call my GI and ask him what I should do. Sometimes, I think he thinks I'm making stuff up! Oh well....