Do, however, remember than any opiate meds can cause the colon to really slow down, so ultimately, it can sometimes become a way for treatment by the patient, but will do nothing for actual inflammation or improvement of symptoms.
Although, in saying that, less pain gives more confort and less worry...less exacerbation of symptoms..
Sometimes a vicious cycle.
Please use UC rectal meds if haven't already...and if you have to use opiate meds more often, maybe another treatment regimen is what you should focus on when you see your doc next.
Please consider rectal meds..can't express that enough.
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, enemas nightly (sigh!!)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!