I am seriously allergic to narcotic pain meds (seizure and vomiting), including synthetics like Ultram. I have been advised by three different doctors that it is time to get surgery, removing the colon/large intestine and attaching the small intestine to the rectum. I've had multiple tests, have tried every medicine/diet/suppliment, etc with absolutely no success. My first scheduled colonoscopy earlier this year had to be cancelled because, even with an extended four day cleanse, I could not empty enough (I did complete a colonoscopy two weeks later). My symptoms are similar to the more extreme examples I see here (months without a bm, and only have a bm after mag citrate, ducolax, myralax and enemas--it's crazy). My condition has really deteriorated over the last year and I'm miserable.
But I'm also really upset about the pain med allergy and surgery! I've read that an epidural will be standard, and I know I can handle that, but what other solutions are out there to help? I've tried Arnica for other pain, but it didn't help. Can anyone suggest something? Thanks!