I'm 54 and 23 years older than when all this stuff started. So many things have changed, but in actual truth...my pains are less, but more mildly constant. My body has changed and now that I"m more mature....ahem...I'd say Im doing better than I was before diagnosis when my whole body was totally wonky.
My anxiety levels are improved as well as depression....therapy helped.
In reality, I'd say that although I miss my youth....I'm in a better place mentally/physically. I can work on improving them at least...
Do make sure you get your vitamin D levels checked...although I hear those tests are backlogged. Maybe an independent where you have to pay?
My vitamin D is low although I was taking supplements (I've upped it a bit)....my husbands was extremely low and since taking the vitamin D3, his mood has improved as well as energy levels. Now, his emotional state needs a bit of tweaking.....and I believe proper exercise will help.
You might also want to make sure you're eating enough healthful calories, not too much fat during your peak functioning periods. Coffee can lift your mood/clear your mind and give you some energy. Even if you have a bit of caffeine, that will help. No, I'm not talking the energy drinks either...but do the homework to see where you can improve somewhat.
Hormone imbalances can cause fatigue...get your thyroid checked as well follicle stimulating hormones...if you're in perimenopause...you can be tried from that.
Hope you feel better soon. I have days where I'm totally slugging it...other days where I'm so hyped ad doing too much. Balance helps..lol!
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec 2 or 3 + 1 or 2 Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls @ bedtime
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!