First of all, you gotta take some deep breaths and try to calm down--9 days isn't enough time to say if the xeljanz works.
Second, I would avoid steroids if at all possible (like unless you are bleeding out in the ER, don't take them). Because then you'll never know if the xeljanz works or if it's the steroids, until you try weaning, and weaning is a special brand of torture.
Third, it's time for you to prepare yourself for surgery--even if you don't end up needing it, you'll feel so much better if you are prepared. Get some counseling, go to an ostomy support group, watch educational youtube videos made by ostomy patients (I like "the stolen colon"), etc.
I feel 100x better since my surgery, save for having to wean off the prednisone. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, then surgery can fix that *instantly*. Just sayin'. XO
37yr female, dx UC '04, dx changed Crohn's Colitis '17
Currently: Total Colectomy Oct. 2017!
Previously used: Remicade, Humira, Stelara, Imuran, 6MP, Apriso, Asacol, Lialda, Delzicol, Pentasa, Cortenema, Cortifoam, Rowasa, Canasa, Entocort, Uceris, Uceris foam, Prednisone
I'm Gluten-free. Supps: VSL#3, Cal/Mag, Vit D, Krill oil, EZFE