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jock-a-mo15 karma

Not OP, but I have ulcerative colitis and had a total colectomy (removal of entire large intestine) and I can say, without a doubt, cannabis helps me. I've gone without to see the difference, and it's 100% better with.

jock-a-mo10 karma

I also have ulcerative colitis and had my entire large intestine removed about 7 years ago now. AMA

jock-a-mo9 karma

It's very true. I had a colostomy bag for 2 years, but I had the J-pouch surgery and now I'm pretty much back to normal, besides needing to poop about 6 - 8 times a day. But no pain whatsoever, no illness, no blood. And honestly, while the colostomy bag wasn't ideal, you actually get used to it pretty quick and it's far from the end of the world, especially when compared with living in pain.

jock-a-mo7 karma

Your large intestine (colon) acts as like a moisture absorber/turd former lol. Your stomach and small intestine do most of the digestion and absorption. So when you're missing your large intestine, your waste/bowel movements are coming straight out of your small intestine/anus. The large intestine isn't there to absorb more moisture, form it into a solid turd, and hold it for awhile. So naturally you have to poop more frequently. It's not like total diarrhea, and in fact a lot of times I still have pretty normal/solid poops. That's 6-8 times over 24 hours. I take 'no sugar' Metamucil every morning and it slows it down a bit, but that's the only thing I take. I'm very thankful.

jock-a-mo5 karma

I have to get up at least once per night, sometimes twice, so I haven't slept a solid 8 hours in at least 7 years. The most I've slept solid is 5 hours, but usually 3 - 4. It's fine. Just gotta give myself more time at night for sleep.