How long is the wait for my bowels to be normal?

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/25/2007 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everybody, I'm new at this forum and I need help!
I had my take down on 1/17/07 and I have been miserable ever since. I have a J-pouch. Small and large colon still intact. It's gotten a little better with my frequency from 10 to 6 BMs a day. My butt really sore and I have been using every cream you can imagine from the pharmacy. I have emailed "jman" in regards to this matter but I'm afraid he might not see it. From his past email he had mentioned that after a while of being unhappy he started noticing changes with his BM's and now he's perfect. Does anyone know approximately when will things get better with the frequency of going to the johns...or did anything differently with their diet to be where they are now (perfect). I would appreciate any comment you can give me.
I'm having my post-op in 6 weeks for digital (finger) exam. Is this really necessary and is it painful?

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 33
   Posted 3/27/2007 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey sorry to hear about your troubles, im 17 and just had the ileostomy surgery and should be having the reversal surgery soon. im worried sick :( you should get better with time, i heard it takes a year or so to fully recover from j-pouch surgery. if u had urs on on the 17th of jan ur doin really well to go from 10 BMs to 6. just look at the progress uve made week to week and see how u getting better.

i wish u all the best and hope you improve, i know it will
take care


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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 3/28/2007 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
If you still have your colon, why did you get a j-pouch?

Have you tried calmoseptine or Ilex for your sore butt? It's true that most pouchers say the discomfort goes away in time. I never had sore butt problems with my surgery so I canot relate. Others say that eating Metamucil wafers helps too. It took a full year for my pouch to adapt and act like a colon. That wasn't a full year of misery but of small steps of improvement along the way. I have had my pouch for six years now and I still see improvement!

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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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