Dee, Mary, Leigh, May God bless you all. I am 110%+ back to normal. It took about 9-10 months for my body to fully recover from this drug. I learned a lot about this medication through my experience. I can assure you all there is hope for you. Even when you are at your worst. It just takes a very long time for your body to reset after taking this med. You are all in my prayers. Bless you! If you have any questions please feel free to ask, due to my experience and knowledge gained through this time I periodically look back at this form just to pray for people going through what I went through.
At the time, I had a wonderful surgeon who had a high success rate. A three-step J-pouch procedure was performed in 2005 in May, October, and December, respectively. I felt great after the colectemy. After the J-pouch creation I felt not-so-great. I had a fever and horrible pain in the hospital. It was a pretty brutal surgery. The takedown was a breeze and although I spent the next year dealing with a recurrent stricture and chronic pouchitis, things were so much better than they’d been before the colectemy, I thought I was home free. I wasn’t crapping exclusively blood 30 times a day, writhing around in my bathroom floor praying for relief or death anymore-anything was an improvement!