I am trying to decide whether or not to have a J-pouch procedure to treat my UC that I've had for over 4 years.
As David Klein said:
“I spent my 18th birthday in a hospital, taking prednisone and azulfadine drug treatments. The symptoms subsided, temporarily, but the drugs further ruined my health and had a devastating effect on my mental abilities.
Within a few months, feeling sickly and very weak, I experienced a recurrence of the diarrhea and additional symptoms, including cramping, bleeding, and this lead to further physical deterioration.
What ensued were eight tortuous years of colitis flare-ups and off-and-on drug therapy.
At age 26, I was reduced to a weak, sickly shadow of my former self. I was having gastric explosions every time I ate, up to 10 painful bowel movements a day with mucus and blood. My nervous system became shattered as I was toxic, debilitated by the medicines, and severely demineralized.
In the fall of 1984, I had a colonoscopy exam which confirmed that I had advanced ulcerations throughout my sick colon. Surmising that I had been chronically sick and was not getting better, the gastroenterologist recommended that I either try his experimental drug which knocks out the immune system, or have my colon surgically removed.
Upon hearing this, a heavy decisive thought entered my mind: I have had it with this medical nightmare - I'll be dead soon if I don't find the answer myself! My life was a gradual descent into hell and now I had to climb out now because I sensed it was almost too late.
My alternative suggestion only, please do what is best for you.
Best wishes for whatever you decide.