GERD or acid reflux common with Crohn's??

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   Posted 3/30/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I have Crohn's and a big problem with GERD (acid reflux), and am wondering if GERD is a frequent complaint by those with CD.  I also notice that when my CD is acting up, my GERD gets worse.  Do any of you also experience this?
Thanks in advance for any input!

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   Posted 3/30/2008 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd say it's common. I often suffer from anxiety attacks. Sometimes the acid reflux causes anxiety and so on. Like the chichen and the egg thing.

First thing I do when I think I am having an attack I take previcid [sp]

I can explain better later.


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   Posted 3/30/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with 2 stomach ulcers the summer before I was diagnosed with crohns.  I took nexium for that.  So, apparently high stomach acid is common for me! :-)  I am currently back on the nexium to help counteract the terrible stomach ache from prednisone.  But I took my last dose on far so good...lets hope that continues...

Diagnosed with crohn's in January 2008! 
Currently tapering on Prednisone and on Pentasa 1000 mg 4 times a day
On Topamax twice daily for migraines
On nexium while on the prednisone (have been previously diagnosed with ulcers)
I am 27 years old and have been married for 2 years.  I cannot wait to try to have children so I want to get this under control!!

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   Posted 3/30/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I would say it's common, too, since Crohn's affects the entire GI tract from the throat, down. I was first diagnosed with GERD and IBS before I was diagnosed wth Crohn's. I had a stomach ulcer that was created from HPylori bacteria. I took Aciphex for the ulcer as well as Nexium to keep the acid reflux down.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 33.
Currently taking Colazal, Nexium, One-A-Day multivitamin, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, extreme fatigue

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   Posted 3/30/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, GERD is quite common in people with CD. My upper endoscopy showed severe inflammation in my stomach when my CD was active. My GI told me it is very common in people with small bowel Crohn's. Mine is well controlled with Prevacid.
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   Posted 3/31/2008 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I have acid reflux that is no longer controlled w/ nexium. I have been on acid blockers since 13. Was diagnosed w/ crohns at 23. Currently I think I have an esphogeal ulcer and will be seeing my doc Wed.
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 3/31/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have Gerd as well, and like the other posts I find that it acts up more when my crohn's is acting up as well.

You're not alone!
Kal - 24yr female
Hiatal Hernia, Crohn's, Anxiety, Anemia,
Meds: B12 Injection, Iron supplement, pantaloc (for hernia)

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   Posted 3/31/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for all your replies! From all of your responses, it sounds like there's a definite link between the two, and it's not just a coincidence.

Thanks again.
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