Ulcerative Colitis & Kidney Stones
I have a friend who has ulcerative colitis. I believe by the time he was diagnosed, it was too late for surgery to accomplish anything but he remains on medication. However, he's had his second kidney stone recently (with the CT scan showing a lot more on the way.) As someone who's passed dozens of kidney stones, I feel his pain.
The problem is, due to his ulcerative colitis, the ER doctor didn't think it was wise to give him anything more powerful than Tylenol 3. In my experience, codeine does very little to relieve kidney stone pain, and he felt the same way. My GP, urologist, and ER doctors always sent me home with hydromorphone and I found it to make a huge difference. I realize it might not be the best idea for his circumstances, but surely there's SOMETHING he can take to help with the pain. I was always under the impression that codeine, when compared to other opioids in doses of equal analgesic effects, affected gut motility the most - other than loperamide, of course. What are your thoughts?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.