Hey Solomon, I've had mild cuffitis ever since my takedown, maybe since before. It bothered me more in the first few months but now (almost two years!!) it really doesn't affect me. The biggest issue I noticed was that I felt more affected by eating foods that could irritate my cuff on the way out, like veggies and nuts. That said, I don't notice problems anymore related to my cuff.
I had the same feeling that I could have been OK with a permanent ostomy but in the end I'm really glad I went for it. I hope you will be feeling the same way soon!
dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12
past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema
current meds: none!
step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13