Sorry to hear your son is having such a difficult time with his uc, and his other ailments. Autoimmune diseases, like uc, are terrible on the body and can lead to other autoimmune disorders as well (guessing that's what the sores are, maybe psoriasis?).
Nicotine can help some with uc, for others it does absolutely nothing. So, will quitting smoking hurt your son further, I cannot say for certain. Nicotine is most likely to help those who smoked, quit smoking, and then developed uc. It has something to do with nicotine thickening the intestinal walls and their mucus barriers (an area problematic for patients with uc).
Enlarged lymph nodes are not good, have they been investigated further to rule out lymphoma?
I understand your frustration, any sane would be given that history/story. Surgery can get rid of uc-related suffering. Uc attacks the large intestine, surgery removes that large intestine and with it, uc. One can get a j-pouch procedure done which attached the small intestine to the rectum, and you poop normally. An end-ileo is the other choice which gives one a colostomy bag.
Moderator ulcerative colitis
M, 37, uc (proctosigmoiditis) in remission
Rx: Remicade 5mg per kg/8 weeks, 75mg 6MP, weekly Rowasa
Diet: Diet mods and supplements haven't done a thing for me
You know you have uc if ... you trust a fart less than a used carsalesman
Post Edited (iPoop) : 6/8/2015 2:07:06 PM (GMT-6)