Surgery was definitely something I never wanted to have and I fought the good fight to avoid. However, I came to the point where I was more afraid of long term side effects of prednsione and I was done with compromising my ability to participate in life. I wanted to live again, I wanted to travel, and I wanted to hike.
Yes, food transition is faster. The reason is that a colon, about 6ft in length, can store up to 48 hours or more of waste. A j-pouch, all of 9 inches, cannot store that much and that is why frequency is higher. To empty a j-pouch is a quick and efficient as urinating. No prolonged periods of sitting on the toilet, no cramping and no pain.
Is this a lame cure? Not for me. I am living a full life, not taking any medications, eating a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, and exercising to my heart's content. I can't believe how much better my life is post colon. Although not as perfect as living with a healthy colon, it sure beats living with severe disease.
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