I hope this doesn't come across wrong...I read posts everyday about people in pain/meds and I just feel like I need to say this. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH TAKING PAIN MEDICATION!!!! (or any other meds for that matter) You have an illness that is debilitating. There is nothing wrong with taking medication so that you can live your life, so you can function, so you don't have to sit in tears in pain. It really bothers me when I see people hurting cause they think there is something wrong with taking medication if you need it. I know that the way some other people respond to the amounts of meds we have to take is discouraging but we have to learn to put that aside and take care of ourselves. If people are able to find supplements and alternatives to meds that work for them then I think that is wonderful! I applaud that! But we all must understand that that will not work for everyone. Please Please Please don't shy away from taking medication because you think that taking meds means you are giving in to this dd. I look at it in the opposite way. If taking the meds means I can get out for a day, or do the laundry or go on a date with my husband etc. then the meds are helping me to BEAT this dd. They are my weapons to put this dd in it's place!! No matter what other people say or the unbelieving doctors say, there is nothing wrong with it! If anyone comments just tell them to go fall down thier stairs about 5 times in a row and then multiply that feeling by 10 and then tell you they wouldn't want something for the pain. And then tell them to live with that pain for the rest of thier lives with no breaks, not to mention all the added extras like IBS and so on... I watched my mom live with this for 22 years so far and I am currently living it and I say if there is a chance that meds will take away my pain for a little bit or even the edge off then I will gladly take them, that is what they are for. Please don't get me wrong I am not saying that alternatives don't work, I know some work for some people and that is great. What I am saying is we need to get rid of this stereotype or beleif or whatever it is so that people can feel like they actually have a choice. So people don't feel like they can't take meds or that taking meds means they are giving up! It needs to be a free unbiased choice! I am sorry if I have offeneded anyone as I have not meant to and sorry this post ended up being so long.