A note of clarification, if one opts for a j-pouch the rectum is removed. The j-pouch basically replaces the rectum. Anyone opting for surgery to UC should have both the colon and rectum removed. If that is not the advice given by the surgeon I would highly recommend a second opinion. UC affects both organs and to be cured of the disease they both have to go.
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