I am 67 years old and have enjoyed 10+ years of having my j pouch with very few issues and almost no episodes of pouchitis. My life is most definitely better and I have not been a frequent visitor to this site in the last few years (I remember that is common for many of us "post UC."
Over the past year, I have had severe back and neck pain. MRIs have revealed degenerative discs. Physical therapy, traction, and steroid shots have not helped much. A visit today to a neurosurgeon was the next step. The doctor did not think I am ready for surgery (a relief) and indicated arthritis and degenerative disc disease are synonymous.
It seems when I was a regular visitor to this site that arthritis was a common problem. For those of you who have suffered or are still suffering, any recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thanks and blessings to all!