how long can you live with a J-pouch?

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   Posted 7/7/2009 4:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering what the life span of a human with a j-pouch is. I think I have alot of options before I do this. I havent had any blood or mucus for 1 month and made it thourgh my period with nothing. Thanks to the raw foods. Im just wondering if in futur or if my diet does not succeed
Female 32 years old
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication- 1X 500mg pentasa in the morrning and 1 X250g Asacol every other evening
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity

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   Posted 7/7/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
The jpouch is made with your small intestine so therefore it should last your lifetime.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 7/7/2009 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
i dont think it shortens your life span, if anything i would think it would be longer with a jpouch than with UC, since there aren't the dangerous drugs and flares and such.

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   Posted 7/7/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Statistically, neither UC not J-pouch has any effect on your life expectancy.
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. 
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"

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   Posted 7/7/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm likely going to have the surgery over this winter. I am doing this to get off the medications I am on and hopefully INCREASE my life expectancy by relieving my body of having to fight the inflammation all the time.
47 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08 Finally achieved remission mid October 2008!!

16 Remicade infusions, current scheduled every 6 weeks: 1st: 7/21/07; most recent: 6/06/09; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Rowesa and/or Canasa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D;

Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro

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