I must say stretching and exercise and eating healthy works for me. I am coming of prednisone (down to 5mg per day after being on forever) and experience horrible back and spine pain. I was going out of my mind b/c every little move I made hurt bad, but I warmed up, did a little stretching and played basketball for 2 hours and paid for it that night with worse back pain, but the next day I felt back to normal. I also believe in exercising b/c my whole life i have had knee and hip pain, but when I started walking up the 7 flights of stairs to my office everyday my lower body has gotten stronger and I hardly ever have leg or hip pains which is amazing b/c I would limp around sometimes and I am only in my 20's.
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently: I must say Under Control
RX/day: 5mg prednisone; 2400mg Asacol; 150 Azathioprine
OTC: Probioplus DDS; seldom use vitamins & other natural treatments
FYI: 3 weeks of SCD diet and caprylic acid put and end to my 3rd and worst flare ever. (But i'm not in SCD anymore)