I also had back spasms about
every six months, starting about
5 years ago. This year I started to have sciatic nerve pain too -- yowee ouch -- and MRI showed a slightly bulging disc in my lower back. Myofascial release therapy helped before, but I irritated it again from overactivity and this time it is stubborn. I have an epidural cortisone shot scheduled.
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 powder at first, now Forte pills.
Doing much better, but still experience anxiety that interferes with activities.