Reply to "Still afraid to eat"

The first few months are really tough. I have a high gut transit time so was also using the bathroom 10+ times a day and it was like that for most of the next decade. Be careful with drugs like imodium but that could help significantly, by just bumping the dose. Or trying alternate drugs. The gas/gas pains should subside over time when you normalize your eating schedule and food choices. Not everyone gets to live life with 3-4 BM's per day post j-pouch. I'm not sure what the literature says these days but numbers like that were promoted when I had surgery back in 2004. Having 10 a day can be manageable too. I've done it most of my life and held down jobs and had a family. I have a happy life.

There is nothing more difficulty than dietary modification but you will learn and adapt so that you can go back to enjoying life again. 

I stuck to low mass and high nutritional density foods in the beginning which helped. 

Definitely work with a doc and get the anxiety in check - even if it is unappealing. Benzodiazapines can help get you through the tough first few months. I've used Benzo's off/on throughout my life to get through hard issues. 

I hope it gets better soon. 

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