I can only share with you my experience. I had UC for 12 years, the first 10 years were in remission. The last 2 years were in a flare that I could not get control of and was considered prednisone dependent. I cycled through all the known medical treatments and then decided on surgery so I could get my life back. That was 7 years ago. I have never regretted my decision and sometimes wished I would have opted for surgery sooner. At this point, if you have never had remission, what makes you think you will ever acheive it?
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free