I am new to this site and I am commonly known as Magoo . I had a sudden Onset of Ulcerative Colitis at about 24. I had never been in hospital, never been ill for any reason until suddenly I woke up with an Ileostomy bag stuck to my belly . After a couple of years I was offered a J-Pouch and I jumped at the opportunity to get rid of my plastic Baggie. The J-Pouch worked pretty well for a number of years , allowing for a couple of wonderful relationships , etc over the years when it worked well for me.
The Inevitable Pouchitis arrived and I put up with much pain and suffering in order to avoid having the Ileostomy again. Eventually I had no choice and my J-Pouch had to be disconnected . A loop Ileostomy was installed with my Rectum and the J-Pouch left in place. My Ileostomy is working just as it is supposed to and Is giving me no trouble so it is not a problem.
Currently with my Rectum in place and my J-Pouch still in place I have been advised that both should be removed in order to alleviate the chronic inflammation, pain and cramping that I have been suffering from . My entire Pelvic area has been feeling inflamed and in pain for months and I think I have to follow the advice of my surgeon.
Now to my questions.
Just recently I met a lovely Lady ( It's been a Long Time !! ) and have been able to enjoy the affection and comfort that a woman can bring a long time Loner. She also has an Ileostomy so we can enjoy some good times together without fear of embarrassment . My concerns should be obvious at this point as far as sexual function is concerned !!??
How long and how bad is the recovery from the surgery .
What physical complications have you encountered .
How badly was sexual function affected ...if at all ??
I'm going to begin Cipro tomorrow to battle the Pouchitis before I decide on my surgery. Have you tried Cipro alone or with Flagyl ?? was it effective ??
Any information that might be helpful would be really appreciated .
Thank you All , Eamon and Happy New Year to All ...