A brief history - 13 abdominal surgeries in 15 years. Original surgery was a colectomy due to ulcerative colitis, revisions to that, hysterectomy, gall bladder, and numerous attempts to clean up the adhesions. I am prone to partial obstructions and before we found this regimen, I spent way too many nights in the ER and the doctor's office trying to get rid of pain instead of finding a way to manage/prevent it.
We found that a major contributing factor is hydration. I don't know how it factors in, but it does. I go to an outpatient infusion center every 7-10 days for a liter or two of plain old IV fluids. It takes a little over an hour so it doesn't impact my schedule much. I also take oral pain meds daily. It took a lot of experimentation to find the right drug and dosage. But now, the combination of meds and fluids has held me for 5 years and counting! The key is to stay AHEAD of the pain. Playing catch-up is a losing game. I know I'll never be pain free, but with this regimen I've been able to lead a fairly normal life.
I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has tried this.