Oh! Use ICE for back pain, not heat! I made that mistake for a while. Ice will reduce inflamation in your back. It helps me a lot, especially after gardening or playing golf, about 20 minutes. My car has chilled seats, and I use them daily, too! I have a slightly bulging disk, barely noticeable on the MRI, nothing serious and I think the ab exercises actually helped even though they weren't strenuous.
We have some of the same experience, although I've taken fewer variety of meds. I don't know if regular doctors will do the food sensitivity testing my naturopath did (a blood test). It was not covered by insurance, $300 (the naturopath has me get any test that is covered done by my regular doctor, like for anemia or vitamin D). But it has made a tremendous difference! Night and day, especially relieved to no longer have the urgency I did. I think it was the gluten. I tested highly intolerant, not quite allergic. Less intolerant but sensitive to about a dozen other things, including tomato and soy and cow's milk, garlic, sunflower, watermelon, egg whites, an odd assortment.
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. Use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free diet, also none of the other foods tested sensitive to (cow's milk, soy, tomato, egg white, others)
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!
Replete probiotic. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for anemia.