I have crohn's and lately have had big increase in cramping and pain which has lead me to research for anything that may help a little and has lead me to find other crohn's patients that haave had some relief with pain medications. With the growing pain and my issues, I was just interested in hearing others opinions.
When it comes to the issue prescribed pain meds, the worst thing to do is visit the Dr and start naming pain meds your heard are effective. Best just to report the pain and have the Dr make the decision. Based on your report, chances are over the counter (OTC) options will come first.
Jive, I have heard of pain meds prescribed for severe cases of crohns. It sounds like something that would stop your cramping would stop most of your pain. There is a medicine seldom used that gave me a lot of relief called Librax, it's not an narcotic, so mentioning it would not sound like drug seeking . I also know cutting out gluten has really helped some.Be careful with the pain meds they come with a price. Best wishes.
Yes, pain relief is used especially if you are experiencing a flare of your Crohn's disease although the main treatment will be aimed at controlling the flare.
Acetaminophen is recommended for mild pain. Aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen are best avoided all of which can aggravate symptoms of the disorder. Most doctors are reluctant to issue medications containing narcotics as these can mask the severity of the disease and have unpleasant side effects including nausea, respiratory depression, sedation and euphoria. Also, there is the problem of addiction and diversion.
Certain antidepressants (amitriptyline, fluoxetine) and anticonvulsants (gabapentin, pregabalin) are sometimes prescribed for pain with varying levels of success in patients with Crohn's disease.
Youy should talk with your doctor if you are experiencing more pain than normal.
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