Not sure if I have Pouchitis or some kind of bacteria overgrowth, but I do know I get really tired of all the gas. I can go to the bathroom and think I get it all out and then 5 minutes later it feels like I need to get more out. I take a probiotic and when I've called my surgeon he has given me Flagyl (sp?) and I feel better for awhile. Last scope was in 10/16 and it looked good. Other than lots of gas the only other thing is bad butt burn that aggravates a sore spot, which I know is not a fissure. I've seen a lot of people take VSL 3 and does that do a good job with gas? I seen reviews on Amazon that it makes you poop a lot, is that true for Jpouchers also? 

Another weird thing I have happen in the afternoon frequently is when I need to go to the bathroom I can't pee unless I empty my pouch somewhat first. Does that happen to anyone?

Thanks!

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I take VSL3 DS (double strength) and nooo it doesn't make me more... quite the opposite! Plus I do not take Flagyl... I take Cipro. Plus I also stay on 2 Lomotil along with Imodium... right there is my cocktail of choice that works for me. I really think it's trial and error and it took me awhile to get there. Also yes, I usually have to have a bowel movement when I pee and I just accept this new norm. I'm lucky to have the Jpouch rather than an Ileostomy. It all takes time!

Janie

I generally have well-managed pouchitis, but when the gas became a significant problem I was treated for SIBO successfully with doxycycline for a couple of months. 

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