To have a bowel movement, even mostly liquid, I have to push so hard from my stomach and abdomen for several years and then I have to lie down, roll onto my back with my knees to my chest or legs elevated to get rid of gas after a bowel movement....that I’ve given myself an inguinal hernia. And a recent mri says I have a stricture on both the in and out of my pouch. If I take any antibiotics at all, my stool thickens and it gets terribly painful from what feels like a blockage, but isn’t. I self dilate every night.
My doctor has referred me to surgeon. I’m ready to get rid of this pouch. I’ve had it since 1991. It was great for the first 10 years. But the last 10 have been pouchitis every 5-9 months. But the surgeon insists that I try this pelvic floor therapy before surgery. I understand he’s being cautious and trying non-surgical options first. I mean, it’d be terrible to have the finality of an external bag and still have issues. But I just can’t help feeling the time has come to give up the pouch.
So seriously, is this pelvic floor stuff valid? Or just a long shot?