anything to help with spasms or urges/ pain and my issues

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   Posted 4/13/2009 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Is there anything you can take to help w/ the urge feeling or spasms.  I am taking antibodics right now.  (from Gastro for uc) they were helping for like a month and now the urges are coming back.  I feel like when i take my pain meds (from different doc for something not uc related that i will not be able to get agian)  I feel better. No urges or spasms.
Does anyone get pain meds from gastro?  I don't know what i need.
I have been on asacol for 5 years.  Not working don't think it ever has. taking this antibodic it was helping but not much now 2 months.  Pred doesn't seem to do anything anymore but make me eat.  I know he want to put me on 6mp but i am scared of such a drug.  I don't know if it is the drug or that i am 25 and climbing so high on the drug ladder that i don't know where i will end up.
I do think that i need something for pain. Cause i have  alot of belly pain but i hate asking for pain meds because i feel like i am drug seeking or something.  Don't every know how to approach it. 
I know a girl that has crones and has the same doc and i think he gives her pain meds.  I was talking to her not to long ago and she said she goes to the hospital like every 1.5 months.  She says her and doc talked and it is like she is not in more pain she just doesn't know how to handle the pain anymore.
Well i have been in pain i just never thought it so sever to ask for pain meds but when i take them for other reasons i see a big impact in my uc.  (better)

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   Posted 4/13/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I was having terrible pain and 40 mg prednisone nipped it and got me out of this bad flare. If it didn't work for you, you might need to try the biologics or consider surgery, unfortunately.
Or John Wu's idea is definitely worth trying if you can risk it. In my profession I cannot.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). 
Flaring, seasonal? Back on prednisone, tried to taper but now back up to 30 after several really bad days. Humira denied, waiting for approval to start Remicade. 

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   Posted 4/14/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Do not be afraid to ask for pain medications. Just tell the doctor that you need something to take the edge off the pain. If your GI says you shouldn't be having any pain then find a new GI (I've seen too many complain about this from their GI before on HW). It took me a long time to ask my GI for pain pills too but finally I did and he prescribed me Darvocet - mainly because I am highly allergic to codeine in any form. But there are a couple of safe prescription pain meds such as Vicodin (used sparingly of course), Ultram, Tylonel #3. But keep in mind that narcotic pain relievers can constipate you - which is not a bad thing if you are having D many times a day. But you don't want it to lock you up too much which is why sometimes narcotic pain meds should be used sparingly.

You can also ask your doctor for an anti-spasmodic prescription. This will help with any cramping and urgency (maybe) that you may have. It will also calm things down in there that you may not need a narcotic pain reliever. I use Bentyl on occasion and it has helped me tremendously.
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   Posted 4/14/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI doesn't hesitate to call in pain meds for me. I will typcially get terrible joint pain when I flare up, and its even worse when you add menstral cramps to the mix (this was me on Friday - I was on the floor in pain). All I have to do is call my GI dr, tell him whats going on, and he'll call in the script for me. Darvocet has helped with minor pains, but with major pains I rely on Tylenol 3 w/codeine.

Good luck!
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg, increased in March to 7.5mg/kg (started Aug 2008 - 6 infusions so far, next infusion on 4/30 continuing every 8 weeks); Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (two daily), Acidopholis
Diet: Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/21/09)
Current Status: Reached remission for a few weeks in October 2008, but symptoms returned after I allowed myself to enjoy wine again.... gave up wine and have not been in full remission again yet. 

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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
An antispasmodic might help. Also, you may ask about trying a different ASA if you feel Asacol isn't helping you. I got much better results when I switched to the older sulfasalazine.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/14/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor gave me bentyl but it isn't doing anything. A friend gave me a few oxys and they really helped with the pain. I don't think my GI will give them to me though! Yesterday I felt AWFUL and took one and was much better!
37 year old mom of 2.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1995 (24 years old) / Ulcerative Colitis in 2000 (29 years old)
In remission for 4 years from 2005 - 3/2009 with colazol maintenance only.

Hospitalized for flare 3/23/09 - 3/25/09.

Current Meds: Apriso 4/day, Prednisone 40mg per day, Rowasa Enemas 2/day, Culturelle

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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 322
   Posted 4/14/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
librax or xanax always works for me...
29 yr old, female lower left moderate to severe UC since 2002
canasa when needed, can't do rowasa!
Humira since july'08
Lialda 3 pills a day

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   Posted 4/14/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Lomitil will help with spasms. I wouldn't be able to do life things without it when flaring.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
Vitamin E Enemas as needed

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