Thanks for your responses
I don't feel so alone!
Yes I'm now being checked for Lupus, PSC and some other things since my liver tests are getting high...
Did some of you guys start like this? Here's how it began for me...
I was recently divorced at 40 and began to change my life. I changed jobs, began working out, and lost about 100 lbs. in less than 6 months.
At first I thought I pulled my back at work. Pain radiated from my lower back to my hips as well as all my major joints. I had swelling in my ankles that was so bad my Mother feared congestive heart failure.
Colitis kicked in around the same time but I didn't see any relation at all since I never heard of it I assumed it was a bad clam.
Here's the fun part. I was forced to go to a local clinic for help because I had no insurance. The Doctor examined me and get this, he said I had an enlarged prostate and a back sprain...of course I had neither. So he assigns me physical therapy which as you could imagine was excrutiatingly painful!
So finally after almost 6 months of torture I went to the Mass. General in Boston and was diagnosed with UC and Spondylothoprathy issues as well. That was 4 years ago or so.
Since then I lost my job and am now on permanant disability and still haven't gone into remission yet and my GI guy is concerned about Cancer in the future. My body aches most of the time and UC kicks in a couple of times a month and lasts 3 to 4 days at a time. Always with blood and mucous etc.
As good as the Mass. General is I feel as if sometimes I am more up on things concerning my Illnesses than they are. Anyway I've kept my spirits up as best I can but must admit I'm beginning to feel hopeless. I just find it hard to accept this chronic thing...
550 mg. - Imuran daily
5 mg. - Pred daily
20 mg. - Prilosec daily
35 mg. - Fosamx weekly