Only 26 years so far. Hope it goes the distance
That's great John! hope for 26 more! what has worked for you??
Thanks. I've only had a few issues over the years with either pouchitis or mild food poisoning that caused me to seek medical help. Cipro worked for me in those cases, and now I keep a bottle of it with me if I travel, just in case. Haven't needed it in probably 10 years or so.
I do have quite frequent bathroom visits, and have noticed the past couple years I'm having to empty my pouch more frequently. I'm probably around 10 times per 24 hours, some days more.
I don't do anything special, and not on any medications currently. I haven't tried Imodium in years, as it never really helped me much. Haven't tried Metamucil for a very long time either.
I can eat pretty much anything I want to, but know certain things will bother me. I try avoid too many nuts at one time, some tomato sauces bother me, and am careful with other seeds and skins. Chocolate goes right through, but worth the hassle sometimes
Lately I have been thinking of trying something again, as my bathroom visits seem to be increasing. Might give Metamucil a try again. I used it for a few years when I first had my pouch.
I'm curious too about the prolonged use of Cipro reported by Philly-Brad. Antibiotics can wreak havoc on your gut and digestion. Even though it has helped me get over a period of diarrhea, it also messes up my gut and takes me a while to get things settled after taking it. I can't imagine taking it long term.
I do have issues at night when I don't wake up. I need to get up at least once to empty, but sometimes sleep through and end up with some leakage. Now I also have sleep apnea and have to use a CPAP machine. I think some air from it causes me to bloat and aggravates the need to empty.
Overall, I happy with the pouch and not having an ostomy bag.