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   Posted 10/17/2008 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, Im actually from the GERD board, but lately I've been wondering if I may possibly have some form of Crohns diesease.  I had a colonoscopy done last year which came out normal.  I never have diarreah, but I have horrid indigestion, acid reflux, and abdominal pain whenever i eat.  I try not to eat so many carbs foods but I'm having a hard time with that.  Potatoes seem to really upset my stomach.  Someone told me I could have crohns in my upper intestines.  I told her I didnt think so cause I thought chrons made you go bathroom like 20 times a day, which I dont do.  I'm so confused. Do any of you have an ideas what i could have...I know I have GERD but is that a common thing with crohns? thank you

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   Posted 10/17/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
See possible a different GI, possibly get a pill camera done.  I have been wondering about gastropresis for you as well. 
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   Posted 10/17/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gabby welcome .Have you had any test to check for hernia's as they can cause refux and other problems .There are some here that have constipation as opposed to D. There are test to check for crohn's in the small intestines and you could ask your Dr. about that if you are concerned . lol gail
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   Posted 10/17/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
It almost sounds like your reflux is out of control. When mine goes out of control I get nauseous all the time, my belly burns like I swallowed acid, my heartburn is so bad my chest aches. My GI gives me sucralfate when I get so bad my Nexium 2/day doesn't cut it. The sucralfate helps alot because it coats the esophagus and belly. It is in pill form, but it melts away very quickly. Cheap and works well. If all else fails try some maximum strength chewables.

Have you had an endoscopy lately?
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   Posted 10/17/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Way before they gave me the Crohn's diagnosis, I had GERDS. I eventually controlled it by diet - basically no wheat and dairy and a bunch of other odds and ends. When they accidentally discovered Crohn's (really lucky - I had a stress induced flare start a week before I had a previously scheduled colonoscopy - 6 months after an annual physical and only because I was to get an upper endoscopy and the guy giving it asked me if I wanted a colonoscopy too) I actually felt relieved. Knowing what the problem was, I could do something about it. After a bunch of research, I discovered that I was already doing most of what was needed to control my Crohn's - diet and supplements. My take on the reflux is that the Crohn's inflammation slows peristalsis and this prevents the stomach from emptying as fast as it should. The stomach churning then forces food up the esophagus since it is restricted from emptying normally. Crohn's also can cause gallstones and pancreatitis which can be mistaken for stomach ulcers.

Diagnosis of Crohn's may not happen easily. If you have it in the small intestine, it will not show up on a colonoscopy and it may also be out of range for an endoscopy. Pill camera, small bowel follow-through or MRI may be needed to get a diagnosis.
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