i take pain meds when my joints are murdering me and my gut feels raw but its pretty rare. usually the stomach pain itself won't last more then an hour or 2 unless its real bad flare. i only take the pain meds when the pain is preventing me from doing something i could normally do without it. The best is bath + pain meds :).
UC/Chrons since age 22, now 27. Several huge flares since then. Entire colon diseased at some point from cecum to rectum. Also had previous inflammation in terminal ileum.
Currently: flare -9/19/08 - now|Panic Disorder - 6/25/08 - now|Lyme Disease - 12/09/08 - now|Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome - 6 recent mod dysplasia moles excised, and many more to shave biopsy.
Drugs: prednisone 30 mg|6mp 75 mg|lialda 4.8 mg|Paxil 50 mg|Klonopin .25 mg|Trazodone 50 mg|PRN Perc/Tramadol