Pain Killers and Pain Management

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   Posted 11/13/2006 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
As many of you know my life has been a living hell for the last 12 months (which is when my IBS began). I have finally broke down and am going to ask my GI doc for pain killers, becuase when I get an attack the pain is just too unbearable. My question is what is the best painkiller for unbearable abdominal pain (I don't care about side effects). Also, is it better to just try to get your GI to get them or is it better to go to a Pain Managment doc?


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   Posted 11/14/2006 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rob,
I don't know anything about pain management... I just wanted to bump this thread back up. Maybe someone will come along who can help.
Have you thought about visiting the Chronic Pain forum? They might be able to help you. They also host a chat on Tuesday nights. You might want to check it out. I'll bump the thread for you.
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   Posted 11/18/2006 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you.

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   Posted 11/20/2006 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Rab,
The only problem with using painkillers for IBS on a regular basis is that they tend to mess with the gastrointestinal system, causing constipation or diarrhea, which can make your IBS worse.  However, I've had to go to the ER probably about 6 times over the past two years for treatment of my worst symptoms, and have received either IV morphine or Vicodin for the pain.  Those certainly took the edge off until the symptoms passed (usually took a few hours), but I would be VERY careful with how you take them, as you can easily become dependent on such drugs and that would be no fun at all.  It might be best to see a pain management doc if you can get a referral; that way, they can monitor your usage.
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