Here are pictures of participants (with their answers) who took part in the survey this month:
Question #1: Have you ever experienced pain that you think is associated with your ulcerative colitis?
Question #2: What do you usually do to help manage UC related pain?
|✓||Try to relax|
|✓||Go to sleep or take a nap|
|✓||Take a shower|
|✓||Go to the bathroom (to poop)|
|✓||Take a pain pill|
Comment: I used to suffer from severe peripheral arthritic pain related to colitis flare-ups. I had regular appointments with a rheumatologist who helped me to find solutions to relieve the pain. This included: gentle stretching, exercises that are easy on the joints, such as yoga and swimming, and increasing my dosages of anti-inflammatory meds such as Asacol. I also used extra strength Tylenol to relieve more severe pain episodes. Making an effort to have a more balanced life, where I have time to focus on my emotional and physical wellbeing has taken away all symptoms. I cannot recommend going to counselling enough to deal with unhealthy thought patterns, in addition to practicing yoga and meditation. All of this has helped me significantly.
Question #3: Have you ever taken a pain medication to help manage UC related pain?
Question #4: What type of pain medication(s) have you taken to help manage your UC pain?
Question #5: What is the name of the pain medication you think works the best for you?
Question #6: Any comment or thoughts you would like to add for other UC’ers to read about…here is the place:
Although I have never experienced abdominal pain related to flare-ups, I did have extreme discomfort in my abdomen during flareups. My stomach would feel very queasy and unsettled for weeks at a time.
The peripheral arthritic pain was a different story but I am happy to say that after being inflammation-free for over three years now, I have not experienced any of these side effects.
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