I'm a 40 year old male who was diagonsed with UC in May of 2007 after several months of very server pain and illness. I was once a 250 lb very healthy and active person but once I reached my illness in its worst, I had lost 90 pounds and was bed-riden for 8 weeks because of the pain and lack of energy from not eating. After consulting with a few doctors I found a great one. He urgently suggested immeadiate colon removal as it was failing fast. After my first surgery we had learned that I had mega-toxic colon which could have reputered and created another set of problems. We had obviously made the right call. Other then the discomfort of the bag and some rawness around my stoma, the ileostomy was ok. Since then I have been able to gain some of my weight and strength back. I have now completed my 3rd surgery- including retum removal and the reversal. Its now Decemeber 2007, just 2 weeks since from my reversal surgery. I find myself now having 2-3 BMs per hour during my awake hours and about once an hour during the night. The movements are small and thin and I feel sometime that I'm not evacuating all the way, only to find myself on the toliet again moments later. The rawness and burning on my bum is pretty bad too. I'm still eating thin, liquid type foods and until I see some improvement I'm planing on taking the diet change very slow. I'm anxious to get back to work and a normal life. My questions are for anyone outthere are-
1) Will the frequent BM need evenetually go away?
2) Has anyone's experience been simailar to mine and if so, are you now back to a somewhat normal life/diet?
3) How long did does it take after the reversal to get this point?
4) Do you have any suggestions to help ease the discomfort and get through this?
I would love to hear experiences of others and any suggestions....Thanks to everyone........God Bless and Happy Holidays.