If the drugs aren't working, and you are struggling so much -- understandably, with such a long period of flare and misery -- with trying to cope with all that's involved in managing this disease, maybe you should consider surgery, get cured, and get on with your life. Ask yourself, do you still want to be dealing with this 20 or 30 years from now?
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion).
Bad flare in March, seasonal? Back on prednisone, 40-30-25-20-15... Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12.