Marianne - Did you take any meds when you had your loop ileo to try and slow things down?
I tried on a few different occasions and the Imodium turned my output into a glue like paste that I couldn't empty out of the bag. I would have to throw the bag out and snap on a new one. That wasn't practical. So I stopped taking it and waited patiently until takedown.
I hope you get some more responses because I think you'll see the majority of j pouchers will tell you the difference is night and day. Although I don't think to many of us are on this site.
DX Pancolitis in 2005. Family history of UC.
Tried every drug-even Remicade & Cyclosporine-Tried diets-nothing worked-wanted my life back!
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC and no more drugs!! Very happy j-poucher!! :)