Hey guys, I had my jpouch surgery in 2011 and haven't had too many problems after a bit of a rocky start. In December of last year I moved from Denver to Dallas. My allergies don't really agree with the air here I guess and that's kicked off my immune system. I've had a couple bouts of pouchitis and a slow descent to feeling like I have permanent UC again.
Lately I've been having trouble urinating. I feel the pressure/need to go but can't go sitting down. I have to stand up and it takes me a couple minutes to get started. I can manage to go sitting down but I have to push really hard and it's very uncomfortable. This has been coupled with a weird feeling from my pouch lately. I get a lot of severe pressure like I need to go, but when I sit down end up doing a lot of painful pushing and cramping for nothing to come out except a trace of blood. After about 3 of these incidents in a 20-30 minute period I'll have an actual bowel movement. Sometimes the BM comes on very suddenly, as if there was a block of some kind that was just moved out of the way and it comes flooding through. I have to rush to the bathroom to avoid terrible consequences. I haven't been able to go all at once either, I usually end up having to BM 3-4 times to get it all out. This means I'm spending a good 30-45 minutes either in the bathroom or going back and forth every 10 minutes. This is accompanied by pain/cramping and as I mentioned, some faint traces of blood on the TP.
I was wondering if anyone had experienced symptoms like this and if they were a sign of a stricture or something like that. I'm going to see a surgeon next week, but wanted to see if I could get an idea of what to expect. These symptoms don't go away when I take antibiotics for pouchitis, but the cramps and pains are lessened.
Thanks for any advice/info you can provide!