Have you tried Naproxen (Aleve)? It's another NSAID like ibuprofen, but sometimes one will help more than the other. Take your NSAIDs with food to help protect your stomach. Most people who take them as directed never have a problem.
You can also take acetamenophen (Tylenol) along with the NSAID, if you have no liver problems. Sometimes taking the NSAID, then the Tylenol an hour or two later will help. On the days you work, don't wait until you start hurting. It's easier to prevent pain than it is to get rid of it once it starts.
The problem with narcotic medications is that not only are they addictive, but you keep having to take higher and higher doses to get the same relief, unti finally they don't help at all. Best to save them for really bad times. If I'm hurting so badly that I can't sleep for the second or third night in a row, I'll take a Lortab. Otherwise, I stick with OTC drugs.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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