It's not giving up all, I would say that if you continue this direction without having surgery then you are giving up on feeling better.
Most people opt for surgery to improve their quality of life.
Have you been tested for c.diff?
I wouldn't rush into surgery unless it is an emergency. You need to find a surgeon who is very experienced creating j-pouches and accepts your insurance. You need to understand the surgery; 1,2, or 3 steps. Or you can opt for a permanent ostomy.
By the type/steps of surgeries will vary on your recovery time.
I am very happy with my jpouch, it is so much better than living with UC. I have chronic pouchitis, it doesn't impact my QOL but I do need to treat it.
I wish that I had surgery soon, I feel so much better.
DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cimzia & Cyclosporine
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014
Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara
Total Hip Replacement: 12/16 -- Thanks Prednisone!!!www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=3755226