I'm not advocating anything here, but most people that have had the surgery said the one regreat they have is that they didn't do it sooner. Surgery is a more benign now than it has been in the past, and since they are able to make pouches internally, there is less need for a permanent j-pouch. Just a thought for you. Check out any threads regarding surgery here and in the Crohn's forum.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06
Meds & supplements:
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone ( 2.5mg/day, back up to 7.5mg), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine, magnesium, and vit B-12.
Tried the spinach/sunflower diet. Saw some relief in symptoms after 1 month, but symptoms returned with the taper off prednisone.
Next up - experimental and trial drugs.