Ileoanal Anastomosis

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for replying to my post. I had the surgery back in November 2002. At the age of 3 I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, the only medicine that would control it was Prednisone. After too many years taking only that med my body got immune to it, so I only got worse. At the age of 22 when they did the Colonoscopy they realized that I was doing very bad and prone to get Cancer at any moment so I opted to get the surgery done. My surgery was done all in one step. It's been 6 years and a half and everything has been pretty good with the exception that my stool is water. I don't get the urgency of diarrhea but it's water. I just wanted to know if this happens to everyone or just me? I went back to the doctor and he had me take Imodium and it works but as soon as the effect is over I'm back to the way I was before. I would greatly appreciate any type of feed back.

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   

There are some things you can do to improve your situation.  Many pouchers find that eating Metamucil wafers helps to absorb excess liquid.  Try eating two before your meal.  It seems as if you only want to sporadically take the imodium; lots of pouchers find that they need to take it regularly; there's nothing wrong or dangerous using it.  Your best resource for help is at  That site has over 6000 members who have had the surgery and they might be able to give you some advice.  I don't have the issues you have so I am not the best person to respond.



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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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Once again I want to thank you for your advice. This is the first time that I've ever talked about it to someone other than my surgeon. Thank you and have a great day!
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