Calgary? So you mean Calgary Alberta Canada? I am in the north near Grande Prairie, AB.
It is nice to see someone closer to home here.
I had my colon removed in edmonton, at the royal alec hospital in '98. I had the bag on my side for about a yr.
I am now with j-pouch and its not going well for me -[I now have crohns.]
I go to the BM about 15-20 times a day and its not fun!!! Accidents happen frequently.
Just really think about it, surgery is not always the answer and it is very different for everyone and yes the disease can come back and effect your small bowel like it did with me.
Remember: your colon's job is to absorb all the fluid that your body intakes. And without it, whatever goes in comes out almost 5 times as fast compared to a normal person. Also, Keep in mind it depends on how much of your colon is removed. With me it was pretty much my entire colon. After surgery I weighed like 86 pounds and was thin as a rail. Having the temp. bag on my side was HELL!! and I pray I will never have to experience that again. A relationship that I was in ended because of it.
Have you tried herbal remidies? or seen a Natropath or something like that? I know of some people that have gone that route and have had much success! I wish you all the best and believe me I kinda know what U R going through only for me its the other way around - I can't get off the toilet! GOOD LUCK!
praying for a good night's sleep and a happy bottom!! :o]
1998: Colitis - removal of colon, temp. ostomy 10 mths.
2000-07: disease free & doing well with j pouch.
2007-09: rectal pain & discomfort, loss of bowl control. diagnosed with Crohns March '09 currently on: Emtec, Azathioprine [Imarun] & Remicade. Med History: steroids, predizone, cipro, loperamide [imodium], gravol, previcid, cholestramine, xylocaine jelly, zinc oxide creme, etc.