Pain and Ulcerative Colitis
Abdominal Pain is experienced by the majority of Ulcerative Colitis suffers. It can range mild to extreme. The pain is usually more intense during the times that the condition is flaring. Many times UC sufferers experience joint pain also.
Your doctor may prescribe a narcotic to help you with the pain during flares if acetaminophen or other pain relief medications do not work for you. Narcotics are addicting and the US government regulates these. Because of the very strict FDA laws regarding narcotics you will only receive narcotics for short periods of time. This can be upsetting because the narcotics work well. However, because narcotics are addictive over time this is a big problem as coming off narcotics can be very painful.
There are alternative pain relief medications that you can try. Because every body is different you will have to find the one or combination of alternatives that work for you.
Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are prescribed often for the pain. The problem with these is they can cause bleeding internally and long term use could possibly lead to death from bleeding out. Always discuss the use of NSAIDS with your doctor.
Acetaminophen sometimes known as the brand Tylenol can be effective in reducing the pain. This too you have to be careful of because overdosing on Tylenol can cause death. It is also hard on the liver. Though taking acetaminophen is a safer alternative to narcotics and NSAIDS. Just watch the dosage.
Acupuncture can also help with the pain. My son used it to help alleviate the pain. Click here to find out more.