Hello my name is Marq and I’m 27 years old and I suffered from uc for 4 years before i got the surgery. Here’s a lil info to help you guys out.
Some more about me:
I’m from New York City and I enjoy doing all the sports that uc don’t allow you to do lol
I have no symptoms due to the surgery!
Thinking About J Pouch Surgery Anyone?
If your thinking about getting the surgery read this because it was the best thing I ever done. My symptoms started in 2006, bloody stool only, no other symptoms at first. Went to a GI where he diagnosed me with ulcerative colitis and prescribed me asacol. The bloody stool went away after a few weeks and decided to return 2 years later in 08 but this time it landed me in the hospital.
I didn’t take it serious in 06 because there was no pain plus it went away. Moving along, doctors put me on steriods, boosted my dosage on my meds and no change. I went back and forth to the emergency about 6 times. They admitted me and the inflammation didn’t go down, they told me there was nothing they could do for me. I then snatched the iv out of my arm and walked out the hospital and went to “Lenox Hill Hospital” and there I was admitted.
I had all the symptoms everyone else has or had, bloody stool, no appetite, weight loss, nausea. Ya’ll know. Then this hospital introduced me to remicade and I’m not sure if that was working bcus i had numerous flareups while on Remicade. In February 2012 I had another flare up and for some reason this one was taking way too long to go away.
After years of suffering I decided to go with the surgery. I have no regrets at all. I didn’t have any complications after and I have been fine since. I had my first surgery march 2012 and had to wear the bag for 3 months. I had my 2nd surgery in june 2012 and that’s when they did the reversal and removed the bag. At first with the j pouch i would wake up in the middle of the middle of the night to use the bathroom but that only happens about 4 times a month now. I go to the bathroom 3 times a day. Once in the morning, once at work, and when i get home. U don’t have the urge to go right away and you can hold it. Your body will tell you when ur j- poiuch is full.. i advise anybody who is going through these tough times to go ahead and get the surgery especially if none of the medications is responding. If you don’t want to take my advice, patiently wait and hopefully 1 day they will find a cure. But as of now the only cure is the surgery.
written by Marq Rich
submitted in the colitis venting area