IBD flares can cause severe cramping and pain in many people. To alleviate these symptoms, doctors will often prescribe prescription pain killers. Over the counter pain killers are also helpful for less severe bouts of IBD pain. Some patients also choose to treat symptoms with holistic methods such as acupuncture or yoga.
A friend that I chat with on another web site mentioned that she was having her first Ulcerative Colitis (UC) flare-up in a couple of years and she couldn't figure out why. After some prodding and questioning from fellow chatters it was discovered that she had been taking NSAID's (Aleve, I think) for a couple of weeks to treat an aching…