Hello all! J-Pouch surgery 2003, Reversal 2004. With my 19 years post total colectomy / post Ileostomy I can say that I am grateful to have not had any major complication in all this time. This post has to do with quality of life. Currently, I have about 12-14 BMs per day. Without a colon, I am constantly struggling with keeping myself hydrated and preventing frequent thirst, parched mouth, dry nasal passages, dry skin and dry eyes. My biggest issue however, is the blasting noise that occurs with BMs. I don't have a sound-proof bathroom and I have to be very careful when visiting friends and going out in public. I've tried using Metamucil to keep the stool more solid, but It is difficult to take the quantity that is needed and sometimes it doesn't work. Gas pills do not seem to help.
Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated!