I am currently considering surgery, and from talking with my GI, I asked him if surgery would truly "cure" my UC as I've read so many times. He said yes, and no. He said my colon symptoms would be gone, but the risk of the extra complications that could ptotentially come with UC would not necessarily go away ie: the risk of arthrits, iritis, ankylosing spondylosis. So, it sounds like your arthritis may still be caused by the dreaded UC.
40 yo RN, happily married, with 2 beautiful daughters, Tianna(14 yo) and Alyssa(10 yo). Diagnosed L sided Ulcerative Colitis in Jan '04 and Diabetes type 2 in June '05.
Remicade infusions ~ Nov. 6, 2007, Dec. 6, 2007, 6-MP 100mg daily, Pentasa 500mg twice a day, prednisone taper
20mg 10mg 5mg daily, Nexium 40mg twice a day, Lantus insulin 45 35 units daily, Novolog 10 8 units with sliding scale at meals, Amaryl 2mg daily, multi-vitamin daily, Calcium daily, B complex vit daily, and pro-biotics daily.