Sherry, have you tried the anti-inflammatories? Did they cause bleeding? The reason I'm asking is I have Crohn's and take ibuprofen, but always with food, and I'm not having a problem at all. My doctor has me taking Prilosec because it helps protect the stomach from ibuprofen 70% of the time, too. I have to watch the entire digestive tract but have done fine for 24 years. But, if it makes you bleed, stay clear of it.
I also take extra strength Tylenol...no more than 4,000 mg a day. That's the highest safe amount. I have had liver panels twice a year and my liver is fine so this doesn't bother me, either.
You might try the malic acid/magnesium supplements I talked about in Fibro 101. These have helped me with control of the pain. That and vitamin D3, since I was deficient in that, too.
I'm dealing with fibro without the medications and narcotics that are commonly given out. Some of the meds they are giving out are used for seizures. I really don't want to fool around with the brain chemicals. That's just my opinion. I don't suffer from depression. Many do and do need to take the SSRI's but I haven't and won't. As far as the narcotics go, my doctor talked to me about them and said that you take the narcotic and your body will become accustomed to it so then you need more to get the same relief. This can lead to addiction so I don't want to go there, either. The only time I have been pain free in 24 years was when I was hospitalized and they put me on morphine. That was heaven!
I don't take anything except what I mentioned above for my fibro and have done well. I do a lot of stretching and gentle exercise. I keep a positive outlook on my life and I meet challanges, too. I just did my yard clean up and spread 99 bags of mulch...by myself! Now THAT was a challange if I ever saw one. But I paced myself over several weeks and accomplished it. Pacing yourself will help you so much. This allows you to do what you used to but in a different time frame. It all gets done eventually.
Also, gentle massages help me. I chose my MT because she was in an organization that makes them continue to take classes on how to massage people with various health issues. There are different techniques with different illnesses. Here is the link to see if you have someone in this organization that is close to you...just in case you are interested.
So, this is what I have done to keep the pain at bay. I always have pain but I'm so accustomed to it now that it's just a part of my life. I felt I had to, too, because of the Crohn's disease. UC is so similar and has many of the same issues so we both know we have to be careful. I, too, am sensitive to medications. A little goes a long way for me. So, I hope this might help you and you don't have to start on other meds. If not, you will find the right combination that will help you. Just work closely with your doctor, which I know you will do, and you will be just fine. As I said before, you can have a good life in spite of this illness!
Let us know what you end up doing because we really do care about you.
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7