Since May my husband was on pain medication and still is. I'm not that thrilled about
it but if you talk to him it was the only way he could function. Fortunately things have just gotten progressively better for him. These past 3 days he has felt incredibly well. (Scary actually....it's like we are waiting for the next shoe to drop!!) We are looking at tapering off the pain meds and have a plan outlined to do this so he will not suffer any side effects. Not sure if we are going to insitute this during our Aruba trip....we would like to try to start asap.
These meds really changed things totally around for him while the new medication regime needed to take hold and start to improve things for him. Whether or not that is the right way or not the Mayo Clinic was not overly concerned with the meds he had been on and is currently on. The only major change was upping the Imuran to 150 mg to speed up the remission and healing with monthly blood work monitoring. The cortifoam we like better than the colocourt - only having been on it for 3 days it is a MUCH easier rectal med than the colocourt. It seems like the colocourt did help when things were worse but more tedious to administer and retain. Glad to be on the cortifoam now....so easy.
The fact that he is 60 and got it so late in life and maybe there is a little more sympathy for us "older folks" as it were. His doctor shoots straight from the hip and just doesn't agree with seeing people in pain for extended periods. He also is and has been a guy who doesn't like to take medication at the drop of a hat and really tried for several months to endure it before he was hospitalized and just had to appeal for something.
I'm not advocating everyone running out and getting pain meds but when you are in "out of your mind pain" and everything else that goes along with that kind of suffering it is so tough to watch those you love having to endure it. There should be some kind of happy medium and short term solution.
61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days. 150mg Imuran 15 mg prednisone & tapering, 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enemas AM & PM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month