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    What diet should I follow to help with j pouch due to ulcerative colitis?

    Need help with diet for j pouch going to toilet 15 to 20 a day. I would like to see a dietitian who has experience with a j pouch. I live in Victoria point Brisbane
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    For more than 25 years, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia™ (formerly the Australian Crohn’s and Colitis Association) has been making life more liveable for more than … View Profile

    There is no set diet, but there are dietary considerations that may make a difference in helping to reduce output and change stool consistency. It would be very difficult to find a dietitian who has experience specifically with those who have a pelvic pouch however a dietitian experienced in gastrointestinal disorders can help. Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) can point you in the right direction with this. CCA can also offer contact with others who have a j-pouch and have or are going through a similar experience coping with changes to bowel function and making dietary adjustments. CCA’s Qld office can be contacted on 1800 071 072. Other considerations include whether your pouch is newly functioning, which means it is yet to expand in capacity, or if medications prescribed to help slow down bowel activity are adequate. Pouchitis, which is an inflammation that can develop in the pouch resulting in diarrhoea and other symptoms, also needs to be considered so it’s important that you report any increase in frequency or problems with your pouch to your surgeon and gastroenterologist.

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