I realized that I didn't answer a lot of your questions! As you can see, I'm pretty new to UC as well...newer than you are, actually!
1 & 2. I, luckily, don't have too much problem with fatigue. I have a five-month-old baby boy, so I'm really glad about
that! He is a good sleeper, though, so I'm rarely up at him with night anymore. Also, I think that all of the sleep depravation during late pregnancy and the first couple of months with the baby really got me used to needing a bit less sleep! If you're bleeding a lot, have your doctor check your iron levels, as anemia can cause fatigue.
3. I don't think anyone will be able to answer this for you. Some of us have a lot of bleeding and others don't have that much. I have very severe diarrhea, but not all that much blood. The symptoms of UC seem to be so individualized that it's hard to answer these type of questions.
4. Ummmm, I don't! Other than playing with my baby. Honestly, I wouldn't worry about
getting exercise while you're in a flare. Your body really needs rest!
5. Well, I was prescribed Zoloft due to post partum anxiety/depression at the first of December, which helped tremendously. The anxiety and depression were likely made worse by my (at the time undiagnosed) UC. Anyway, I am very glad I was on it when I was diagnosed, and I plan to stay on it at least until my UC is in remisson, if not longer. We'll see. At any rate, I also find it helpful to be on this board and to talk with my friends and family about
how I'm feeling. I am the type of person who is helped by talking things out, though. And when I feel like crying, I cry. It seems to help release everything.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).