I agree with what's been said. But I also think people should stop looking for quick fixes or harrasing their body beyond repair. Visiting a doctor when its absolutely necessary should be the plan and if its a minor setback then changing habits and diet should be adopted. Also I find many people are over relying on medicine, I was promised a near normal life by my surgeon that would be 4-6 bms a day. I am 7 months post takedown going 8 times. It doesnt bother me one bit. I stand up between gatherings, parties , meetings and use the washroom, I fart crazy big and laugh if someone does, I have a life I couldnt even imagine with UC, I couldnt even think of being in a relationship, having to go out with friends. My surgeon told me this was the CURE and I took it that way and I am not letting anyone else make me feel any other way. What is destined will happen.
The main reason I opted for the surgery was I wanted to quit all meds permanently and have a control of life. I pretty much have both. Many times people forget with UC/Crohns they went the exact same or even more times with blood and pain to accompany.
All said its overall a good place, everyone has to vent out his anger/thoughts/joys. Not everyone gets the same results. Hats off to those who battle this thing without fretting about it.
You are very fortunate to be off meds (& one of the very few) however we all know that J-Pouch surgery or a Colectomy leading to an ileostomy/colostomy is NOT a cure. A cure would be an option where we get to keep our colons. We are missing half of our digestive system at the end of the day and although we can do many things to feel better, our bodies simply cannot handle things the way they used to! Again, this may seem negative so it is hard to find a balance between being blunt and negative!