Such long names for all these ailments! I don't even want to know what they are, you know the power of suggestion.
My arthritis symptoms related to the UC have been temporary, I get better with basic arthritis medication.
My back pains me this year because of a slightly bulging disc, and I irritated it by walking 18 holes of golf a month or so ago. So I have scheduled another epidural shot since it seems to be slow in healing this time and my sciatic nerve is getting too much of a workout. BTW, my family are all healthy, healthy stock so I push myself, maybe too much sometimes.
I believe a positive attitude (denial?) and exercise helps keep away a lot of the effects that UC should be having on someone who has had it as long as I have.
Festeris, I know it is frustrating that the treatments don't seem to work very well, and it snowballs into other problems. You should pat yourself on the back for the weight loss, that is so hard to do and I expect it has made you feel lots better. I hope you can find surround yourself with some positive people and something rewarding to do with your time.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills.
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.