For me I was back to work 3 weeks following surgery but most are out 6 weeks. I also returned to hiking within about 4 weeks. I had been pretty ill for about 2 years prior to surgery so I had a fair amount of fatigue and pred withdrawl that lasted about a year. Pouch adaption also took about a year. Three months post surgery I travled through Europe; at six months I did a half marathon. That year of recovery was not spent lounging around!
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