Firstly, thanks for all the replies! :)
Atm I am on Pentasa and Prednisone (and of course taking vitamins): the Pred is something I want to get off ASAP, but: as my partner and I have been trying to get pregnant for a few years now, and it's something that I really want to do before this disease possibly gets any worse: and whilst I am still young enough to manage my symptoms to a point....
And yes, surgery is pretty much the last option for me: the
opening between my small and large intestine is the size of a pen lid: yep a, pen lid: itty bitty! According to doc, when he tried to enlarge it it was set like concrete: ummm...tough old me!
My actual name is Joan: but I go by Jo: Joan isn't exactly a common first name amongst my age-group, so my name slowly became Jo over the years.
And many thanks re: the diet suggestions: for the moment, I am a really big fan of just listening to my body and it's cravings (eg. my body often craves Vegimite, particular fruits or salads, usually when my body is lacking in the vitamins/minerals those foods provide) I have already worked out that I am slightly reactive to lactose... and I have always been more of a slow graizer when it comes to my food. And for me personally, small doses of sugar (eg hard boiled lollies) help keep my energy levels up, which is crucial because of all my energy problems of late...
But thanks so much for the ideas, it is greatly appreciated!