Hi fellow J-pouchers! I had my colectomy on Feb 9 of this year and the take-down surgery on 5/31/16. Things are going well along those lines. Getting used to the very frequent bathroom trips, especially during the night (which are the most bothersome, of course!) Imodium and Lomotil are being used with limited success. Surgeon RX'd tincture of opium 3 weeks ago- some success there with nighttime use only. Metamucil Fiber wafers and Fibercon tablets help as well.
My main complaint---I have lost over 25 pounds. I am not a big guy to begin with, so I really didn't have 25 pounds to lose. Appetite is fine, no problem there. I'd love to hear suggestions on how others have dealt with this issue. I am lactose intolerant- over 30+ years of UC. I am doing physical therapy 2x per week for 1 hour each. I really need good suggestions on how to look normal again! Boost/Ensure go right through me, so that's not an option. Perhaps other protein shakes? I've heard that whey is good but it's derived from milk so I'm not sure if that will make matters worse......I look forward to your replies! Sorry for the long-winded post! Ken