It's been a while since I posted, so I'll go over my history real quick...I was diagnosed with UC in 2005. I tried all the basic meds; asacol, canasa, sulfasalazine, prednisone for over a year...ugh! I was allergic to all the sulfa drugs. I'm now on Remicade infusions every two months and my UC is "under control".
I've always had difficulty with the pain aspect. At times the cramping and pain associated with passing a stool can be fairly unbearable...maybe I'm just a wimp. Anyway, my GI Doc is real understanding and refills prescriptions for Norco whenever I need it. So whenever I hurt real bad or can't sleep because of the pain, I take the pain meds.
One thing that I noticed, is that after taking Norco or vicodin, I pass solid bowel movements. This never happens otherwise even if I take a bunch of Lomotil. If I could, I would take the dang Norco everyday...but my job and my desire to lead a productive lifestyle keep me from such use.
As far as I understand, opiates have a constapating effect on people. So does anyone know of a drug that has just the chemical that slows the bowels found in pain medications? Or is this just a property of the drug and cannot be isolated?
If it doesn't exist, we need to get on this, people! We could exploit the rest of the IBS community and make millions with our miracle pill.
Does anybody else have this same experience, or am I being weird?