What can I say, I am not glad that other people out there go through what I go through but after receiving your replies to my post I now know that I am not just being a baby!
I was talking to my cousin last night who was diagnosed with UC 4 years ago and she just had her first severe flare like what we are talking about. She was off work for 8 weeks and said she didn't know how I have handled having a flare each year of the 7 years I have been diagnosed, it's something she doesn't ever want to have a repeat of however unfortunatley you cannot control it.
One thing I would say though and I told her this is although my flares are still bad they are nowhere near as bad as the very first 2 flares I had. I remember at this time that I had to lie very still as any movement would send me to the loo, don't know why. And I lost about 4 stones in weight, weighed 6 stones when I started to get better. (Although needed to lose weight as was still carrying extra baby weight but 4 stone was a bit drastic) My husband honestly thought I was dying. It was really terrible made worse by the fact I had a 6 month old baby who I couldn't look after and then you have all the guilt issues which I still have to deal with now and my kids are 7 and 4.
Also with regards to what someone said about working. I too have an office job which has no stress involved, it is very easy going. I changed jobs after my diagnosis to my present one as I knew I would be able to cope better. But during a flare even having a bath tires me out, I need to go back to bed for an hour or so as I am drained so I just physically could not get to work. The fatigue and pain is something that I had never experienced before getting UC and I think it probably just goes down to the severity of the disease.