I am very shocked about something I found out this weekend. We had to go out of state to check on my mother in law. She is in the hospital for the 2nd time in as many weeks. She has several different problems but, the most serious problem at this time is a blockage in her intestines. She has serious arthritis pain in her hips and back and has been taking pain medicine for a long time. The surgeon that came in to see her told her that her pain medicine had paralyzed part or her intestines and caused her blockage. She needs to have a colostomy done but would probably not be able to make it through this kind of surgery. My question is, has anyone here heard of such a thing? I couldn't believe that pain medicine could do that to you! I'm not sure if this is just something very rare or if she might have been taking too much. Anyway, does anyone know anything about this kind of side effect? It is really scary! I don't take any narcotic pain meds, but now I'm scared that I might have to.