Crohns Disease/Crohn's pain

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Question
Hi, I have Crohn's disease and at the moment I am getting a lot of pain. I have been given 60mg of codeine and a gram of paracetamol but it isn't working. Until I can next get in to see my doctor, can you please recommend anything to stop the pain, medication or more general (such as a hot water bottle on the stomach)? I can't take ibuprofen as I am allergic.
Thank-you,
From Libby

Answer
Hi Libby,

I'm sorry, but if codeine is not helping your pain, I'm not sure any over the counter remedy will.  It's especially hard for me to help not knowing anything about the pain. Where it's located, how long you've had it, if you are experiencing any other symptoms etc.

I do believe curling up with a hot pad can help.  A hot bath can also be soothing.  You should probably maintain a bland diet to try to help the flare up, and make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids.

Sorry I couldn't help more, I hope you feel better soon.

Jaime

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Jaime Coyle

Expertise

I can answer any questions regarding what it's like to live with Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis an ostomy bag, or a j-pouch. Symptoms, medication options, what to expect after some surgeries, and what to expect overall if you are diagnosed. I can give advice on how to explain the disease to friends and family, as well as answer questions for any family members who feel helpless. I am familiar with many support groups and websites dedicated to the diseases which I can refer people to. I also know many products available to help with some of the more uncomfortable issues that come with having these diseases.

Experience

I am not a doctor. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 14. I had a very quick and serious bout with it in which I was hospitalized on and off for more than a year. I tried many different medications and finally had to resort to surgery. After my large intestine was removed I lived with an ostomy bag for a year as a teenager. My second surgery was to create a j-pouch and reconnect everything to my rectum. For the last 13 years I have been relatively healthy however have been diagnose with most likely having Crohn's. During these years I have joined numerous support groups and have been in touch with tons of people who are going through it. I keep up research on the newest medications and talk to people who take them about the side-effects. Also when I was sick I tried almost every medication available and can personally talk about the side-effects. I was a camp counselor for the United Ostomy Association's Youth Rally where I taught kids how to live with their diseases. It is something that I feel very strongly about and having gone through it I know that it feels like you are alone.

Organizations
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, United Ostomy Association, Youth Rally Committee, J-pouch.org

Education/Credentials
bachelor degree in management from Emerson College

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