I’ve had a j-pouch since 1989 because of ulcerative colitis. I’ve learned a few things about managing it, and I would like to share. Most people already know you can’t fill up on fruits and vegetables without having very acidic diarrhea. Cooked White Rice really helps. I eat it almost very day. Sometimes, I even just chew up 3 or 4 teaspoons of raw Minute Rice with sips of water. (Minute Rice is easier to chew uncooked than the regular kind) . Those cheese sandwich crackers help, too.
My biggest hint is to take a mixture of Banasol Plus and KONSYL daily. These are brand names, but I’m not selling them or receiving any compensation for listing them. They are just what I’ve discovered work.
Having a JPOUCH means you must learn to manage it, or life is a misery. Banatrol Plus really helps. It comes with a one tablespoon scoop. What I have learned about my JPouch is that one scoop of Banatrol Plus, and two scoops of original formula KONSYL mixed with about 4-5 ounces of ice water will control the loose, often acidic stools and diarrhea that are part of living with a JPOUCH. DO NOT drink anything for about an hour before and after taking this mixture. If you do, you’ll defeat the purpose of thickening the stool. The mixture of Banatrol and KONSYL will be a little thick and lumpy, about like a malt. Take sips of ice water to help get it down. This mixture, plus the occasional Imodium AD, makes living with a JPouch almost like “normal.” (I’ve had mine for over 30 years. If you’ve just gotten one, hang in there. It does get better.) Banatrol Plus is an excellent stool thickener. The taste is tolerable but not great. I think it’s a good value for what it means to my quality of life. This, plus Konsyle, is a game changer with a JPOUCH. Just remember not to drink much water an hour before and an hour after taking it.
Again, I’m not profitting in anyway from listing products, but they are what I use, and it’s miserable without them.
I hope this helps someone out there who is struggling with the acidic loose stools and leakage of a j-pouch.
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