I had UC for 12 years and never had the typical pain associated with it. Subsequently I lost my colon due to the disease, yet still I never had pain. You can be severely ill and not have pain. I have since learned that nothing about UC is consistent, predictable, or even the same from person to person.
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