Question about post surgery

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   Posted 6/1/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
hello, im typically on the uc forum as ive had it now for about 14 months. im considering surgery again but far down the road but you never know with uc. id rather not but the more i read about the successes and people getting their life back and the more i suffer from these pains the more enticing is surgery. i had a realization today that there is a solution after being very down on myself. ive had a headache for the past month, horrible joint pain and some blood in my stool sad   not much though so i dont really think im flaring. ive missed a lot of work recently and seem to have very bad depression now but am improving as the arthritis goes away. its like watching my life goals and dreams dissapear before my eyes. anyways i want to continue learning about surgery in case things dont improve over time.
my question is, for those of you who had other symptoms before surgery, have they improved now that your colon has been removed? for example, im almost certain i have arthritis as ive had two bad flareups of it since being diagnosed. of course i know the anemia which ive had a few times would clear up because the bleeding would stop. ive been told the arthritis is tied to the uc so if the uc is cured through surgery do other types of symptoms go away?
thanks so much for the feedback. smurf

- 28 y/o male, UC diagnosed - April, 2006
- Completed Prednisone taper on 4/13/07 - Tapered from early January through mid-April after being hospitalized from a bad flare.
- 8 Colazal daily, 1 multivitamin, fish oil (occassionally), 2 GNC Super Acidophilus Probiotics daily
- Began SCD diet on 05-07-07. Ongoing joint pain (likely RA), acid reflux, negative outlook, other common UC symptoms for over a year has driven to take up this dietary change. 

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   Posted 6/1/2007 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
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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Date Joined Aug 2003
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   Posted 6/2/2007 4:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgey 4 years ago due to UC. When I used to get my UC flare ups I would also get arthritis problems and eye inflammation at the same time. Since surgery I have been fine with no problems. I suppose its a case of everyone is different and you wont know until after the surgery.

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