Thanks for all for the responses. Red--yes, I've discussed surgery, the thing is I would have to have a permanent bag, b/c my rectum (controls bowel function) is effected and I'm just not ready for that. The most interesting thing my GI told me years ago when surgery was explored was, we can cut out the affected portion now, but there is a risk of the disease resurface in another part of the colon b/c they do not know the etiology of it. My added bonus is that I am also Dx with IBS and I am in the middle of a double dose of misery right now--both illnesses are acting up.
Dx Ulcerative Colitis 1999; IBS; CP: Asacol x3 x3/day, Rowasa, Proctofoam, Prilosec, Bentyl, Prozac, Endocet (as needed), multi vit, probiotic, fish oil caps x2/day, calcium 1200 mg./day, Prednisone (off/on, unfortunately).