I have a j-pouch due to chronic UC. I lost my entire colon and rectum. Recovery is long, about a year but I was able to resume most activities within 3 weeks of surgery. I eat everything, I mostly live on fresh fruits and vegetables but there are no foods I avoid due to my different plumbing. I have not had a hysterectomy so I cannot compare the experiences. My abdomen was lopsided for about a year but it did even out eventually.
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