I had jpouch surgery 7 years ago for refractive disease. I have never regretted my decision. I am healthy, happy, and extremely active. I also suggest you go to www.j-pouch.org for more information on j-pouches, k-pouches, and permanent ostomies. There are over 6000 members on that site.
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