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I’m sure this subject has come up.  I tested positive for COVID, today is day 10 of quarantine.  I have a terrible cold and am exhausted most of the day.  I’ve also noticed changes in my pouch function.  Lack of nighttime continence, lots of painful gurgling, and hot, burning output. My PCP told me that I was not a candidate for treatment because I’m only 60 and not on any immunosuppressants.  Tylenol and fluids have been it. Can it negatively affect our pouches or GI issues?  I’m very nervous.  I never thought to call my colorectal doc because I was told that was NY DOH guidelines for treatment.  Anyone else had isssues?

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I’d definitely  talk to your GI doc about it.  They could probably get you some antibiotics or something to help address pouch impact from Covid.  Thanks for posting about it though, it’s good to hear some real world experience with Covid and pouches.

If I can ask, were you vaccinated and boosted?  I’m just curious from an intensity of disease perspective…whether there was mitigating factors or not from vaccination that might have caused less impact.

Last advice would be watch your hydration…so easy to dehydrate with something like Covid.  I find that Liquid IV does a better job of keeping me “salted” than Gatorade.  If you’re feeling dehydrated at all, I’ve had luck with my clinic which has an infusion center- my GI has occasionally “prescribed” IV fluid through the center- it helps a lot and keeps me out of the ER.  If you have a similar resource it’s another idea for managing your Covid symptoms.

Being vaccinated but not boosted leaves you open to getting hit hard by Covid. A friend of mine who caught Covid at a Christmas party was also vaxxed but not boosted and he was hammered with serious symptoms and is still recovering. However I understand some of us qualify as immunosuppressed and some do not. I did by virtue of taking Remicade. Under Governor Lamont's Executive Order I would not have otherwise qualified for getting the booster back in August when he issued that Executive Order.

On another note, to really have solid protection, we will all be needing to get boosted every 6 months or less going forward. Probably 3-6 months. I am not sure our various governments have been completely forthcoming about that.

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@CTBarrister There’s no science (yet) to support an assertion about ongoing periodic boosters. It’s a possibility that regular boosters could turn out to be helpful, and it’s certainly true that governments vary a lot in how quickly they follow the science, and how willing they are to stretch the science to mitigate a potential problem. This is less about their being incompletely forthcoming, though (in most cases), and more about different way to weigh the competing uncertainties. More boosters of the same vaccine could turn out to be pretty useless, whereas updated variant-specific (or coronavirus-generic) vaccines could turn out to be more helpful.

The Omicron numbers are truly astronomical, and that opens the door to a variety of paths. With numbers like these we might get a proliferation of variants, and that could be unfortunate. More optimistically, though, we could also get so much population immunity that the epidemic finally fizzles out. Two years is historically a reasonably common duration for a plague. In the meantime I’m pretty much in lockdown, staying out of *all* indoor spaces with other people. Whatever story Omicron will tell I think will be told fairly quickly.

Sorry I didn’t mean to start a vaccine debate.  Was just curious whether OP had been vaccinated as a data point about the impact of his COVID on his pouch.  Sounds like he was vacced. so the impact he’s describing is likely the more mild version of what could have been.

Maddie- not sure what you mean by vaccines causing inflammation?  In the pouch?  I had not read that at all, but I’m not an expert.  I agree with Scott though- not a good reason to avoid protecting the rest of your body from Covid.  Covid inflammation in your lungs and organs is vastly worse than maybe some pouch irritation. I personally didn’t get any noticeable pouch irritation from vaccines and boosters.

As far as I now, Covid 19 does not have a specific effect on an IBD course or a j-pouch. However, vomiting and diarrhea is a symptom of acute Covid 19.

Nowhere have I read that the vaccines stimulate inflammation, except in very rare cases of allergic reactions. They stimulate antibody/lymphocyte formation to fight future exposures. I suppose you could think this inflammation, as you can develop mild symptoms from it. The virus itself is another story. Most people have mild disease, but severe disease can and does occur that is not only deadly, but can subject you to long lasting symptoms that affect every organ system.

Here is a link to factual info:


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