Does Colitis cause acid reflux/burping for anyone?

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bluejean54321
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   Posted 8/7/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had this strange recurring problem: Anytime my colitis starts to flare up again (particularly coming out of remission), I immediately start to have acid reflux symptoms. By acid reflux I mean this constant little burping feeling all day long (more like a silent release of air than a burp, but probably every 15 minutes all day).
My doctor said he has no idea but for me I've noticed they are definitely related. Once my colitis either gets worse or better, the burping/acid reflux stops -- it's mainly during the initial phase. (I've never had acid reflux before until my colitis started and my diet is consistent)

Anyhow, basically I'm just wondering if anyone else has this problem --- or have heard of any correlation between acid reflux and colitis.

Thanks.

twoply
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   Posted 8/7/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a lot of issues with burping/bloating, etc. My doctor shrugs it off. I also get boughts of acid reflux but 1 zantac usually takes care of it. I think it might have to do with how we breathe. When we're dealing with flares or not feeling well, we tend to breathe in more air and I think that might add to the problem. I;m not really sure but you're not alone.
Dx w/ UP in 2005; Dx with UC in 2008
Was taking: Lialda and Mesalmine Enema (1x per day);
Now Taking: Colazal (9 per day); can't retain enema any more; tried probiotic (DA) but not taking regularly
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quincy
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   Posted 8/7/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...doesn't make sense either, but my doc said that low in the rectum inflammation can have stomach issues as well. Maybe it's the signals, so to say, meaning there is more constipation with low in the rectum...which in turn would slow peristalsis.

That's why it improves as your flare worsens...higher in the rectum and higher produces more frequency in bms...more active peristalsis, etc.

As well...improving with meds will also normalise bms and peristalsis.

q
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
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~various digestive enzymes as needed
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bluejean54321
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   Posted 8/7/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
twoply said...
I also get boughts of acid reflux but 1 zantac usually takes care of it. I think it might have to do with how we breathe. When we're dealing with flares or not feeling well, we tend to breathe in more air and I think that might add to the problem. I;m not really sure but you're not alone.


Thanks for the reply. That's interesting -- I never thought about my breathing habits changing with the onset of a flare, and possibly being the cause (even though burping/acid reflux usually is caused by swallowing air, etc). I'll have to pay more attention to that.


quincy said...
Maybe it's the signals, so to say, meaning there is more constipation with low in the rectum...which in turn would slow peristalsis.
That's why it improves as your flare worsens...higher in the rectum and higher produces more frequency in bms...more active peristalsis, etc.
As well...improving with meds will also normalise bms and peristalsis.
q


I never thought about that either, but that makes perfect sense actually. Thanks. I always wondered if it was just me.

turtle521
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   Posted 8/7/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I'm new, but I've been lurking for almost a year.

Just wanted to share that I also get back acid reflux when I am flaring. This time, it was so bad, I had lots of pain in my shoulder blade into my chest. The doc just told me to take 1 pepcid AC in the AM and PM, and it helped a lot. Not sure why it is related, but I definitely see a correlation with acid reflux/GERD and UC.
Currently flaring - 4 Lialda once a day; 40 mg prednisone
Asacol
 
Diagnosed 2000 - currently 27 years old


jeanneac
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   Posted 8/7/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I just recently noticed the pattern that if I have reflux real bad one day, my colitis will be acting up the next day. Not sure why or how but it happens. If things are all good, no reflux.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location, sigmoid colon
 50 +  female
 colazal, fish oil, synthroid, zoloft, VSL#3 probiotic.
Blood test positive for Crohn's for whatever that is worth-:)
 


Jjc2007
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   Posted 8/7/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, if you are taking Azulfadine daily that can contribute to acid reflux. And when I am flaring it seems worse. But then everything seems worse when I flare.
diagnosed with UC in 1962
regualr meds:
Asulfadine (500mg tablets, 6 daily)
Folic Acid
Zantac as needed
open heart surgery in 2005 for removal of aortic root aneurysm

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