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 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 questioning, it was discovered that she had been taking NSAIDs (Aleve, I think) for a couple of weeks to treat an aching knee. For reasons doctors don't understand, NSAIDs are not a good idea for…