Hello, this is my first post. As I have stated in the subject line this is my first week with my J pouch. The first 48 hours after surgery were absolutely dreamy. The bowel movements were coming somewhat frequently, but to be expected, there was no pain and they let me go home early from the hospital. And then everything went down hill.
My bottom is in constant pain and burning. I’m using a zinc oxide ointment meant every single time I go. After cleaning everything with wet wipes. I have a hard time walking anywhere without feeling extreme urge to mess my pants. I don’t feel comfortable leaving house, or even my bed. When I do go it’s like my body is taking over, Even possessed. I try not to push too hard but it’s like I’m trying to push out a baby. I have to stand up several times and try to relax, but yet do kagels because I feel like my rectum might be prolapsing. And then I have a hard time peeing because everything is so tight and clamped down.
My doctor’s nurse prescribe Valium, thinking that muscle relaxer would help, but all that does is cause more accidents. I almost never make it to the bathroom. And when I am in the bathroom they will only be a little that will come out and then I stand up to my ritual of kagels and trying to relax to allow myself to pee, then I clean up and all of a sudden I have to sit down and do it all over again.
I understand this is normal. This is my body learning how to function with this J pouch. But some of the posts that I’ve seen on this forum already have me scared to death that I made the wrong decision. Not that I had much of one, the Ulcerative colitis was so bad in April that it nearly took my life. I bleed out so badly I needed 4 blood transfusions. So I chose this surgery, and it feels like I’m right back with the ulcerative colitis only without the bleeding and weakness from weight loss. I am a highly active and athletic 51-year-old single woman of 2 teenagers and I’m really hoping somebody can give me some encouragement that I will get past this and be able to live life outside of my house within the eight weeks My doctor has advised that I take off of work.