UC causes arthritic symptoms, but it can be only temporary. I think we talked about your taking asacol, but maybe include in your profile/posts what you are taking?
I have a bad back and one bad wrist, but both those are probably related to my sports (golf, and strenth training). I wonder if I would have fewer aches and pains if I just didn't exercise! Probably not...
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day.
tapering OFF prednisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
Sept: Mild case of thrush in throat, prescribed antifungal mouthwash.