Re: Opiates for Severe IBS
I can really relate to your painful bouts of IBS. I have had it for years and it was only about three years ago, after almost every test imaginable my Gastrointologist told me I had Irritable Bowel. I was sent back to my PCP to take care of my medications. I have very painful periods, almost daily, so I am on long acting opiates for the pain. I have been on several, but mostly Oxycontin with 30 mg Oxycodone for BT pain. I won't go into a lot of detail, so I can keep this short, but right now I am on Methadone with no BT meds. I am up to 180 mg per day, which is a very high dose, but I have a very high tolerance to the meds, due to the years I have taken these heavy drugs for the pain.
To answer your question, no it is not out of line to take opiates for IBS, but most docs don't see it that way. I am fortunate to have one that understands. The opiates handle the pain, plus they slow the bowels and almost eliminates the diarehea. I also take Lomotil for the diarehea when it gets so bad the methadone doesn't take care of it. Talk to your doctor about it. Although most people and doctors are against the drugs for IBS, they don't know what we go through and how painful it can be and put you in situations where you're fored to go home or not attend a function because you're having a bout of IBS.
I wish you luck in talking to your doc and having him understand how devestating this can be.