Stacy - good luck with the doc and I hope you don't have to take the Pred. again. Since Tylenol is the only pain reliever us UC'ers can take, have you looked at taking the Tylenol Arthritis formula? I need to get some b/c I feel the joint pain too....some days worse than others. I just suffer through it, but I'm just stubborn and don't want to take more meds than I have ot....LOL.
And I know what you mean about feeling old before your time. I'm 39 and sometimes feel like a 75 year old especially when I have to stand after sitting or laying down.
dx Pancolitis, mild, w/more activity on left side & IBS
12 Asacol a day; 1 Rowasa at night during flare/1 a week during remission; Nexium; Probiotic; Multi-Vitamin; Flax Seed Oil
UC manifesting to other organs: joints, eyes (Iritis) & skin (Erythema Nodusom)
Controlling w/MEDS & DIET (eliminating animal protein, white flour, sugar, dairy, eggs, & nightshade veggies)
Current Status: 11/2/07 Ending 5 month remission w/mini-flare :-(