I'm so sorry to hear this. Unfortunately, if it is pouchitis that has been untreated for awhile, nothing else is really going to help you other than the antibiotics. Good news is that once you start, you'll probably feel like a new person within 24 hours. I guess I take my insurance for granted. I just picked up months of antibiotics that I use in rotation (Xifaxan, Flagyl, and Alinia) for virtually nothing. Generic a bottle of Flagyl usually costs me like $1 or $2. Hope you get this sorted out really soon.