I am from Australia. I had my colectomy in May 2014 and my reconstruction (take down) surgery in October 2014. I have been struggling with diarrhoea, gas and incontinence. I have recently been to see my surgeon who says I am relying too heavily on medication (codeine and either lomotil or immodium) and should only use it sparingly. He says I am allowing the pouch to dictate my lifestyle and I should train it by holding on more and not going too often. My problem with this is that it hurts too much and I have strong urgency to go. He has also told me to eat three meals a day (my main meal at lunch and a small early dinner). He further says that I should NOT be drinking much water. I notice that in the USA, most advice is to eat small meals during the day and make sure to drink 6-8 glasses of water each day as well. I live in a very hot area and just can't avoid drinking water during summer and I don't believe this is good for me. I do not believe that I have pouchitis. I would be interested in your opinions. Thank you in advance!