Hi everybody. I had my J-Pouch manufactured in sept '02. with the takedown in december of that year. and apart from some minor flare ups, Ive been doing relatively well for 18 years. but about two years ago, things started getting bad, Pouchitis wouldn't go away so they changed my diagnosis from Colitis to Crohns. things got worse and I developed Perineal Fistulas. which HURT. I had two Seton Surgeries to repair them in the last year. anyway at every step along the way. each time I was WAY under prescribed pain meds. when I complained I was treated like a dope fiend. and the Docs it seems all just wanna cover their asses. I have been on and off Opiate pain meds for years, and have never had any addiction problems. Im just fortunate I guess. I dont have any sort of addictive gene or whatever. Im just not predisposed. Ive even been physically addicted to the opiates, but as soon as the pain stopped I went through withdrawal and dealt with it, and it wasn't an issue for me. My heart goes out to people who struggle with this. I know its very real, and I have no intention to belittle their suffering. But sometimes I need pain meds that aren't over the counter, and wish that I was considered responsible enough to make those decisions for myself.
Anyway. I cant be alone here. what do you folks do for relief. I recently discovered Kratom, as it was very helpful in easing the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. But I think it may be CAUSING flare ups. has any had any experience with it?