Hey Colon Pow, and welcome to HealingWell! First off, Happy birthday my friend....I'll be 49 in March!
Next off, your talking to a 48 yr. old woman who was as healthy as ever and worked out everday; as a matter of fact when I got the dx for this UC, most could hardly believe it because I was always the "healthy one." That being said, I gained 25-30 lbs. on Pred (I cannot really remember now!) and was feeling at my worst. I still tried to exercise when possible because once you are committed to exercise, it's hard to stop! So, after a nice chat with my GI (who is very proactive and into exercise) we decided to go the Remicade route. I tried most of the other meds, and because they didn't work for me as well, he put me on a fast track to Remi. That means he had to try the other meds before he could commit to Remicade for me. I can honestly say that I've been on Remi for over two years with excellent results. I feel great; workout everyday, hike, bike, and eat mostly whatever I want...and that's the healthy stuff! I've been to Europe and have a busy job that let's me travel quite a bit. I haven't had any side effects -- only every so often I feel the effects of the UC; a bit tired and I just tell people that I've hit the wall. All my friend and bosses know exactly what I mean and I usually just take some time and sleep it off. It really doesn't happen very often, and I'm mostly in "go" motion! Oh, and one more thing, I did lose the weight after getting off the Pred. I feel good, and life is good. Remember though, this is my story. Some haven't had the good results from Remi that I have, and then there are others who have had such awesome results that they pop in and out to visit us just to let us know how well they are doing. It's so individual, but I thought I'd give you a success story. Take care, and again, welcome to Healingwell!