As to your friend who thinks marijuana clears everything up, I can personally attest to the contrary. I live in Colorado and a few years ago... well, we voted on a few things. I had never smoked weed before but I was in the midst of the four back horrible flare that had me begging God to either kill me or ease up a bit. He did neither, a friend (ok, a pothead friend) suggested that marijuana helps frekkin everything and I figured I really didn't have a lot to lose.
Weed was fun. I had to hold onto my bed to keep from falling off the first night because turns out you aren't supposed to smoke joints like cigarettes. It didn't work. The holding onto the bed or the weed for the UC.
Neither did Jack Daniels, high protein diets, low protein diets, celiac diets, keto diets, liquid diets and then some more Jack Daniels. Jim Beam also failed. Coke, coffee, vegetarian, vegan, chicken only, soup only, bread only. Threw some more weed in there to make sure. Nope. Still didn't do it. Exercise. No exercise. Aquatic only exercise. Cardio only exercise. I drew the line at eastern medicine because people who tend to go after stuff like that drive Subarus and talk about
"sustainability" and I just couldn't cross that bridge. But hey, more power to um.
It's probably taboo to discuss (assuming talking about
weed above doesn't get me banned) but smoking cigarettes helped. For me, it was a light switch on the bleeding. It didn't make the UC flares go away but it would pick me up, stop the bleeding and let me get up and going for a day. I eventually settled on smoking 4-5 a day to try and manage symptoms and it worked. For me. But smoking is horrible and will kill you a thousand different ways and no one should ever advocate for it. I happily quit once my surgery was scheduled and haven't looked back.
"Whatever doesn't kill me, better ******* run."
Took all the meds in everyone else's profile signature.
They worked on and off and I lived my life.
Then they didn't work.
I had a rockstar of a surgeon cut my colon out.
Now I'm going back to living my life again.