Hey there everyone, I'm kinda new, I used to come here under another name...long time ago, back then I only had IBS. I also have a few another illnesses(too many to mention), and I'm only 25. I was recently diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis about a yr ago and have since been juggling symptoms of both. I had to quite my job in Feb. b/c I had to be hospitalized twice for dehydration (they don't know if it was from the IBS-D or UC) and once for kidney stones and grandma passed in Dec, so I've been just too stressed and sick. The docs are kinda stumped b/c my recent colonoscopy came back normal, so they think now it's my IBS that's flaring up...one of my triggers are colds or the flu, getting over a cold now and a really bad flare. I just started eating solid foods today, since tuesday! I'm on 6MP, prednisone 40mg...starting to taper, colazal, Librax...etc and today my GI raised my effexor, b/c he thinks that may help the IBS. I have a "moon face" & tons of acne from the steroids and I'm just feeling confused, ugly, and like my life will never be "normal". I want to go back to school and get my masters but I'm terrified that I won't make it through. My last yr of my bachelor's was so difficult, I'm glad I finished and I know that I really need my MSW, since a BA doesn't go too far in the social work field. I want to feel productive again, but now I'm just stuck at home all day long, making rounds to the bathroom with this flare. Sorry this is so long, but I haven't talked to anyone about this who actually has it in a while...nice to be back and meet all of you, wish I was in a better state for my first post.