Hi all... not been around of late so thought I'd pop in and explain why. In February I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (very severe symptoms). I was put on oral steroids and the standard drug to counter (Octasa), but the steroids didn't help and I was admitted urgenty into hospital a few days later. The steroid dosage was multiplied by a factor of 10 and given through an IV, but still I was getting worse. On day 5 they gave me my first biologics infusion (save for surgery and everything that entails, the only other option if steroids are ineffective), which please god will keep the disease in remission going forward as the load in my body builds up through regular treatment. It'll be a life-long programme of care, of course, and it may or may not prove to be effective. (I have my next infusion due next Friday.) I've lost about 50% of my muscle mass, feel horrible and am suffering badly from water retention in my legs. I'm pretty depressed and have no idea what the future holds. All I want to do is ride my bike and go to football, and right now I can't do either. I'm not even sure if I'll be able to continue riding my Harley, given the state of my physique compared to just a couple of months ago. Life can be a bitch sometimes.