GERD Refux questions

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FunGuy
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   Posted 12/6/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
No doubt this has been asked before but:
After so many years of GERD does it make sense to ask the GI doctor to check my esophagus for problems?  I have been a little uncomfortable lately.
 
Also.  I have always blamed the GERD on the cheap sulfasalazine drugs my HMO gave me for years and years.  You might recall the orange uncoated tablets????  Anyone else feel that their GERD was caused by this?  
 

Post Edited (FunGuy) : 12/7/2009 8:37:03 PM (GMT-7)


Wolfie40
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   Posted 12/6/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I would ask the doctor to be scoped and see what is going on, maybe need to change meds around.
I do know that Crohns and GERD go hand in hand, but I'm not sure what causes it.
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WriterMum
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   Posted 12/7/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
What kind of uncomfortable? I have been to the ER a couple of times with chest pains from GERD. It turned out that I have a hiatus hernia which was caused probably by Crohn's because of sitting on the toilet a lot and pushing my intestines up against the valve between the esophagus and stomach! The stomach acid can do damage to the esophagus, so it is worth finding out. I take Nexium some of the time, and that inhibits stomach acid and heals the esophagus.
44 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March this year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.


FunGuy
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   Posted 12/7/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the informaition. I have been taking prilosec for the last few years but for years I went untreated. Amazing isn't it how reflux can affect you mentally. Such an incredible feeling of anxiety as well as mimicking a heart attack. Anyway the discomfort I am having is a little trouble swallowing sometimes, and sometimes a bit of irritation. Feels almost like a sore throat at times but I am not sick. I have also had what feels like shortness of breath only at night before bed but I wake up in the morning feeling great. MY CONCERN is that my esophogus may be damaged from all the years of no treatment. I would like to know if my esophogus is healthy also simply for peace of mind.. Does this all make sense?


WriterMum
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   Posted 12/7/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Has your doctor said anything about a hiatus hernia? The acid from the stomach effects your vocal chords so your voice sounds a little scratchy and your throat feels a little sore. I would definitely ask for a scope. When I went to the ER they recommended the scope based on the "mimicking a heart attack" piece. Perhaps you need a higher dose of prilosec. Sometimes I add tums or rolaids to the mix if the Nexium isn't enough. I'm sure you're sleeping with your head raised too etc.
44 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March this year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.


FunGuy
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   Posted 12/7/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
The heart attack stuff was in the past before prilosec. The difficulty breathing could be the reflux though with the sore throat. I am going to ask the GI. I also sometimes take some Rolaids to boost the prilosec. Weird though that I usually wake up feeling great while the trouble starts when I am sitting up. I did have an esophogeal ring "ballooned" open about 4 or 5 year ago. Spent MY WHOLE LIFE having things like meat getting stuck on the way down until a piece of broccoli got completely stuck. Trip to the ER and poof, I could eat without choking any more. 45 years of stupidity! Anyway that is probably why I am afraid to swallow the camera and choke.......Thanks very much Writer I will ask the doctor about scoping my throat.

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