Hello Everyone, My name is Michelle and I came across all of your reviews and after reading them I thought oh my gosh, I’m not the only one going through this. I had my whole colon removed in September 2009 I don’t have a pouch as my surgeon attached my intestine to my rectum and since then my life has not been the same. It took a few months to get on my feet and then started feeling a little better, BUT then in April 2010 I had really bad pain in my upper abdomen, but was on vacation so I tried to ignore it, but when the day was over I couldn’t ignore the pain no more. My husband took me to the emergency room and they did a CT scan and found a small obstruction in my bowel. I had emergency surgery to construct the bowel. It has almost been a year now and my life has been a living HELL. Always in pain, especially at night, so this means never a good night sleep. Since 2009 I lost my job and had to go on my husband’s insurance so I don’t have the same colon/rectal surgeon that took my colon and had to get a new rectal/colon surgeon and he is the biggest JERK ever, as I don’t like him at all, don’t trust him at all, he has lied to my face three times, so I fired him. He pretty much told me that I had to live with this pain that there was nothing he could do for me, REALLY live with the pain nothing he could do for me. Well, since changing insurances I had to also get a new Primary doctor, so I go meet with her for the first time and before she came in the room she actually went and read ALL of my medical records, so she knew about the colon, the small obstruction, everything about me. I was so impressed just from that, so I explained all of my pain and she prescribed me Neurontin for night time then gradually I went on it during the day when tolerant as it does make you sleepy, and let me tell you it has been a miracle drug for my pain. Can’t believe the first time meeting a doctor that has nothing to do with surgeons, stomach, or rectal and helps me with the pain, and really cares about me. Now I think I have another small obstruction, so I need to find a new GI (YIKES) I live day to day as sometimes I have bad days, but have better days. I look forward to talking with you all. Thanks for posting your stories. Sincerely, Michelle.