Has anyone been to the Univ. of NC in Chapel Hill for pouchitis? I am scheduled to go next week, June 5th, because the pouchitis won’t go away. Just wondering what experience anyone has had there.
Just curious how things worked out for you. I go to UNC and have been for this. My surgeon is there. They tried me on different antibiotics that gave some relief periodically. It never really went away and that was because it wasn't pouchitis at all. I had inflammation in my small intestine as well and am now being treated for a "Crohns like" disease. I was told this is incredibly rare (-10% of J-pouchers) but it does happen. So far I am responding well to the steroid and am scheduled for my first infusion of Stelara on the 3rd of July.
Dr Barnes at UNC put me on Augmentin which only seemed to dry me out extensively. I said no to Rifaximin because of the cost and I had read other reviews from this group that it wasn’t very effective. I’m on Vancomycin now which I thought was working but it only helped a very tiny bit. Like you I also have inflammation in the small intestine. Both my doctor at home and at UNC don’t think I have Crohn’s. I’m waiting to hear back from Dr Barnes for the next step which I believe will be either Prednisone or Stelara. Please Let me know how you do with the Stelara!!! I hope that all goes great for you!
Hi David - How did your infusion of Stelara go?
Hi Stephanie. Everything went just fine. Other than some tiredness I feel good. No other side effects that I can tell. The other meds have been doing their job as well so I feel better right now than I have in a couple of years.
How are you?