Its been five years with the pouch with me. I can go for the day without using the bathroom. However, it gets uneasy by late evening as the pressure accumilates around the abdomen. well barring a few things its been a good journey so far. Well I would say its much better than ileostomy from my experience so far and relating it to ileostomy as back then one would have bag leakages and yes the skin damage and the pain. I guess we should keep this thread alive with one or more posts coming in now and then. Well having had FAP those yearly checkups do end up having you nerved up.. not much but a bit yes. How are you all fellow J Pouchers doing out there?