I had UC... (part 2)

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Date Joined Jan 2003
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   Posted 3/2/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All!
As promised, I am writing to discuss my experiences with the J-Pouch surgery.  One week ago was surgery #2 for me.  I am happy to be rid of The Bag after three very long months.
The second surgery started first thing Monday morning, and I left the hospital by Wednesday evening.  I expected the surgery to be less painful than the first but I was wrong; not a huge problem though, as long as I take my pain meds consistently.  It's wonderful to be able to shower without having to put saran wrap and tape over my stomach.
I can eat whatever I was eating prior to the second surgery, except I haven't yet tried to eat veggies like lettuce and tomato.  I got this skin protectant from the hospital for my butt, since I need to let out diarrhea about 15 times/day.  Not a lot comes out, but it's still painful to wipe even a small amount.  I expected to have accidents, as I did when I had ulcerative colitis, when I couldn't make it to the bathroom in time, but I haven't.  Surprisingly, I can hold it.  Another thing that surprised me is seeing small but formed feces come out of me, so shortly after the surgery.
Anyway, no major problems to report so I am feeling confident that I made the right decision to get this surgery.
Please feel free to ask any questions, I am happy to clarify further or provide any more details.
I hope you are all doing well,

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7150
   Posted 3/2/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad to hear you're doing well! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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