I've had my ileo for 31 years and have arthritis - whether it's heriditary (my mother got arthritis at age 26 with no IBD) or due to my UC it's hard to tell - maybe a bit of both. I also have psoriasis which they say is autoimmune related too. You still have UC in your body - it just has no colon in which to manifest itself, which is the main thing :)
The thing with surgery is that it WILL stop the anaemia, you won't have to take any more meds, there will be no more urgency to go to the loo, you should be able to eat anything you want and no more cramping :) You won't have to look for a loo everywhere you go either :)
Since my surgery, I've completed primary and high school, gone to uni, work full time, travelled the world, etc without a problem. I swim regularly every summer, have ridden elephants and camels (strangely, never a horse!), been on rollercoasters, gone rock climbing, been camping, etc and my ostomy has never stopped me from doing a thing I want to do.
Having surgery is the best decision my parents ever made for me. I've never regretted it once and there is NO WAY I would ever want to go back to those pre-surgery days despite the arthritis and psoriasis.
Good luck with your decision.
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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