Acid reflux surgery and crohns

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 4/2/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All!
In addition to my crohns I have been on acid blockers since age 13.  My dad has barretts esophogus and has had many ulcers.  I have used prilosec until I was immune then prevacid and now nexium.  Recently nothing has been working and I am now going to try protonix in the morning with zantac 150 at night.  If I don't get better I am going to have an upper scope in a couple weeks.  My doctor thinks that surgery may be in my future b/c I have exhausted all my options.  He thinks it would be safe because I only have mild crohns and it is in the small intestine not the stomach.  I am just concerned that throwing up would be near impossible after the surgery.  Is that safe for someone with crohns? Would I just feel like crap and not be able to get the relief of vomitting? I thought it had been mentioned on here before that reflux surgery was not safe for crohns patients.  Surgery is of course my last resort but it looks like I might be heading there soon.  I will ask on the reflux board if it is usually succesful and if there are people that feel great after it.  I really don't know much about the surgery.
I just find it hard to justify since I can still go about my everyday life, although with discomfort and pain.  I really don't want the surgery and end up with just as much discomfort and pain albeit for other reasons.  Lemme know what you think.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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   Posted 4/2/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Fitzy I have reflux too so let us know how things go . It can be awful at night when it comes upon me when I am sleeping talk about burn and choking. Sounds like you have had to contend with this for a very long time. Hoping someone with some experience with this will helo you. wishing you the best. lol gail

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/2/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Fitzy,

I don't know anything about the surgery you discussed, but I wanted to give you some input about reflux medications.  I too have suffered from reflux (due to a weak valve between the stomach & esophagus) since I was quite young.  (I'm now 53 and my reflux problems began in my late teens).  As the years have progressed, I've gone on stronger and stronger medications.  I took Aciphex for many years and it worked great, and then suddenly it no longer worked for me.  I am now taking a PPI (proton pump inhibitor) called Zegerid (40 mg) and it works very well for me. 

Good luck!!





53 year old female; 2/2008 confirmed (and my long awaited acceptance of) diagnosis of Crohn's of terminal ileum (have actually had CD for 8 years).  Allergic to Pentasa and Entocort.  Will go on 6mp in a few months.

Post Edited (HealthFeedback) : 4/2/2008 9:22:02 PM (GMT-6)

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