a question for j-pouchers about pain meds - is Advil okay?

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   Posted 4/29/2010 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I am wondering if any j-pouchers have been advised about the safely of Advil after the surgeries. My grown son who has a j=pouch that is now 6 months old, occasionally gets very bad headaches and Tylenol just doesn't help him at all. I am wondering if any of you do take it and what your doctors might have told you about the safely of it after abdominal surgery.
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   Posted 4/29/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
This far out from surgery he should be able to take it. There is a correlation of a higher incidence of pouchitis if taken post surgery, in the early days. I take Advil on occasion because like your son, Tylenol and Aleve do nothing for me. As long as he's not using it daily it should be fine.

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 4/29/2010 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont have a jpouch, i have an ileo, and this may not be true for jpouchers since stuff stays in a little longer.
But I found out that if i take geltabs they work a lot better, i think the coated ones dont get a chance to break down.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
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   Posted 5/1/2010 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I dont believe I have see you on here since I joined.  I just had a total colectomy with a J-Pouch and I take Advil, Ibprophen, and Vicodin...nothing bothers me.  What did your son have done?
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  1984 Tubligation  1992 Diagnosed with Thyroid tumor    
1993 Gallbladder Removed  1997 Hysterectomy  1998 Carpol Tunnel 
 1999 Spinal Cord Surgery for a Anacroid Syst
2001 Lower Lumbar Fusion L4-5  
2003 Sigmoid Colon Resection
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   Posted 5/1/2010 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
hi leslie
my son had three stage j pouch surgery at Mt Sinai in NYC to save him from a runaway case of UC that started out of the blue in July of 2008. He zipped through all the meds, even Remicade and Cyclosporine to no avail. Six months post his final surgery he is finally seeing the light. It has been a long road but we all believe it was hs best option.  I don't post much but often log on to see how everyone s doing.

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   Posted 5/5/2010 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mamaluke. We have not heard from you in a while. I so hope that things are going well. Dillon finished his three surgeries just over two months ago and is doing great. We had a very bumpy road but in the end it has all worked out.

As for the Advil question....we were told that it is fine to take every now and then.

Wishing you both all the best,

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   Posted 5/8/2010 1:03 AM (GMT -6)   
hmm...well, I had my takedown surgery April 6th and was discharged from hospital after 2 days, and one of my prescriptions upon discharge was "ibuprofen 600mg" which is the generic of Advil.     I know that ibuprofen/advil/motrin is a big no no with UC, but from what I"ve known,  its ok with ileo/jpouch.  But,  if questions,  call your doc. 
43 yo RN, happily married, with 2 beautiful daughters, Tianna(16 yo) and Alyssa(12 yo).   Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis in Jan '04 and Diabetes type 2 in June '05.  Had THE surgery (and more) starting March 3rd,  2009.  You can read my whole story at my blog, Christie's World.   
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