Heartburn like it ain't no thing

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   Posted 5/8/2008 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
So for the past couple days I've had ridiculous heartburn. So much so that what's coming up into my throat feels like a large ball of bad that I have to swallow back down. It's so bad the pain is radiating across my upper back and shoulders. Tums is afraid of it and not working at all... Now, I've always had heartburn but this is worse than ever before.

***? (ETA: haha, apparently whiskey tango foxtrot is a "bad" word) Anyone have anything similar? My mother-in-law tells me the pain part is unusual, but after living with Crohn's for 6 years, I've ceased being amazed.

PS: Is it weird to send a graduation announcement to my GI doc?
Laurenne, 23 Student @ University of California, Davis.
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On Humira, Strattera, Zoloft, (Multivitamin, Flax Oil, and Omega complex when I remember.)

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   Posted 5/9/2008 4:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I would call your doctor and let your doctor now about the problem.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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   Posted 5/9/2008 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I do get this sometimes,but Tums does help,and drinking something like coke helps,because it helps me burp tongue

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   Posted 5/9/2008 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
First, CONGRATS on your graduation!!! yeah And no, I don't think it would be weird to send an announcement to your GI doc if you like him/her and want to share your momentous occasion!!!

about your heartburn, I can only speak for myself. I have had heartburn on and off since I was 7 years old. (Back then they really did some weird things for it, too!) about 15+- years ago I discovered digestive enzymes and they make *all the difference* for me. I take Ultra-Zyme by Nature's Plus, but there are others on the market. (I'm not as impressed with Q-Zyme by Garden of Life) The nice thing is you can take several after each meal if necessary. I usually do fine with 2, but have taken more on occasion.

Of course, I realize there could be something going on with your CD, so as teddybearweiser said, I would let your doc know about it. In the mean time, I can't think taking this would hurt in any way, and it just might help! Our GI knows that my son takes them and is fine with it.

Congratulations again! :-)
Mother to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)

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   Posted 5/9/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you are experiencing such painful heartburn.  I experienced the same thing, and it turned out to be acid reflux.  I was put on losec and later nexium.  This helped me tremendously, I have never looked back.  I hope you find relief soon. 
take care,

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   Posted 5/9/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I too take something for acid reflux. I have been taking Prilosec (or other types of these meds) for about 5 years now. Really, really helps. I would get in touch with your doc and discuss this problem.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

map lady
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   Posted 5/9/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you taking calcium pills?  I noticed that taking those gives me absolutely horrible heartburn that is very difficult to stop, even when I'm already on prilosec or prevacid and try using maalox and so on to calm things down.  Supposedly taking stuff that has calcium citrate for the calcium source is supposed to not do that, I just bought some yesterday and so far it seems much better.

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   Posted 5/9/2008 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to take a PPI every morning and an H2 every night to control my GERD. Currently I am on protonix in the morning and zantac at night. I have used up the effectiveness of prilosec, nexium, and prevacid already. *sigh*.

I have an emergency fix for you but you have to promise not to use it ALL the time because it isn't healthy for other reasons (like its effect on blood pressure). But I use this after vomiting to put out the burn. Mix some baking soda with water, stir well, and take a few sips and swallow until the burn goes away. My dad will drink a while glass. But like I said, not always the best choice.

I also find the liquid Mylanta is more helpful than tums for the really bad stuff. I am sorry you are going through this. You will probably need a short course of a PPI like over the counter prilosec to get it under control. Are you on steroids? They can cause GERD. How about anti-depressants? Prozac is notorious for causing gastric upset. Ah I see you are on Zoloft. My friend had to stop taking that because of the naseau it gave her. Obviously talk to your doctor before you quit it but that might be your problem.
26 Year old married female law student.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid.  For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn.  I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13.  I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium.  Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I alos take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

not creative
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   Posted 5/9/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies everyone. It seems to be better today- though the radiating pain is still there. If it's still happening by Monday I'll make a GI appt. I was just a little taken aback by how bad the reflux was this.

I've definitely had it before, but this time it was really severe and I can't remember doing anything to trigger it.
Laurenne, 23 Student @ University of California, Davis.
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On Humira, Strattera, Zoloft, (Multivitamin, Flax Oil, and Omega complex when I remember.)

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   Posted 5/9/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I had it that bad with the pred. and pain threw the back and sometimes really bad threw the chest. I took Periot for it so talk to your Dr. about it. Now after getting off pred.I don't have it thank goodness it was pretty bad . I had to elevate my bed as well and keep a spitting pail near the bed for night. I also have switched from black tea to perked coffee with milk but not sure if that is what is helping. Hope you get some relief soon. lol gail

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   Posted 5/10/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
The last time I had such bad pain in my chest and back was when my GI discovered that my CD had developped in my esophagus.
Please don't let this go on too long. It's likely acid reflux, and there are so many good meds for that now...but do see your doctor asap. BTW , is there any chance you could have a blockage or partial obstruction.?Best of luck , keep us posted. ok.
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis

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