This post discusses health matters some may find distasteful, so consider yourself warned.
The day before yesterday I was in a lot of pain, and suffering diarrhoea; the usual Ulcerative Colitis (“UC“) flare. I have recently learned thanks to the Ulcerative Colitis forums, that I should no longer take Nurofen, as it has been known to cause more ulceration. Imodium, too, can be problematic. Well, I took the Imodium, my fall back medication carried in instant form in my purse, because I had nothing else to hand, but I did have Co-Codamol for the pain instead of Nurofen. Co-Codamol has the known side effect of constipation, and I figured this was no bad thing, but what I didn’t expect what was to happen the next day.
Friday rolls around, I wake up – pain free – and start to get ready for work. I go to the bathroom, a little crampy but more uncomfortable than painful. I get to work, and about half way through the evening go to the bathroom again, and then have to go only once more when I return home. I cannot believe it! I feel fine, I feel normal. There is no sense of urgency to the movements; it’s as though I have gone back 10 years or so.
Three movements and that’s it for a whole 24 hour period. Wow! My average is 12-17 times a day. I know this because I have a GI monitor on my iPhone. Three, just three. Even today, I have been to the bathroom a lot less than normal. I have decided that next time I am suffering a UC flare, the Nurofen is out and Co-Codamol is in even though the Co-Codamol did not relieve the pain as effectively.
And, yes, I note it is not recommended for those with UC.