I've had root canals. I never had to fill my prescript
ions though. I'm very insensitive to pain. I always have been since I had this one injury in which I felt no pain. The nerves will shut off if the pain is too great. Since then I've had no fear of pain and have become quite immune to it. Not saying that I don't feel any pain. Only that I can withstand a lot of it. I didn't even have pain medication when I delivered my two babies.
I do take sudafed though when I get really bad sinus infections. Sudafed works great.
Colitis is in remission. No longer get IBS.
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.
What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, vitamins & supplements, Lexapro (for stress).