@SarahSon - You are fortunate your colitis was temporary and easy to remedy. I have had ulcerative colitis pain for many years.
This is something my dad also struggled with and is often hereditary. This is something that can be quite serious and make life pretty miserable sometimes.
With my ulcerative colitis and back pain, there are many times when I don't feel comfortable being around people and choose to stay home.
If I do go out, I will usually make sure I have eaten a couple hours before I go so my food has a chance to digest.
I try to watch my diet and be disciplined with what I eat and how often I eat. This helps as I have a much better chance of keeping it under control when I do this.
This is something that I don't think will ever go away, and I just have to learn how to manage and treat it so I can still participate in life the way I want to.