Thanks for the advice!
I got a call back from my GI's nurse and she said that I could take Aleve if I really needed it (which I think I will) and if it doesn't make anything worse. I didn't even think about asking my ob/gyn about prescription pain relievers. My PCP prescribed one of those, but it was NSAID even though she knew I had ulcerative colitis So I guess I just assumed all of the pain relievers for cramps were NSAIDs. I'm afraid to use the birth control pills that prolong the time between periods (my ob/gyn actually just prescribed Seasonale) b/c I know I will get breakthrough bleeding, and therefore cramps. When I used ortho tri cyclen 2 years ago, I had continuous bleeding and cramping--it was horrible! And in the end, it only bettered my periods for about two months. Now I'm on Kariva, and even though I haven't had any breakthrough bleeding, it's made my cramping worse. AHHHHH, it's bad enough to have UC, but then to throw a period in every month makes everything so much worse!!!!