Can Crohns Med Cause GERD?

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   Posted 2/28/2009 1:52 AM (GMT -7)   
ive been on cimzia for crohns now for several months. ive been having
bloating and terible gerd and indigestion since the last shot. is this
even possible from the cimzia? cimzia is like humira or remicade. i do have gastroparesis but it hasnt acted up in over a yr. im wondering about this drug and motility...
thanks in tx

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   Posted 2/28/2009 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I was dx in 2001 and never had any problems until this last round of prednisone. I had a scope and the Doc said that I have GERD. I now take Protonix every other day and it has helped.
To answer your question. I believe that it is Crohns related, but I don't have any proof.
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   Posted 2/28/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Many people with CD in the small bowel have GERD. My GI explained it to me as a type of backwash problem. I suffered from severe heartburn and stomach pains at the time of the flare that got me diagnosed. I got scoped from both ends. I had lots of inflammation in my stomach plus the problems in the TI. While your problems could be related to the cimzia, it is also possible that you have some disease activity, CD related or not.

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   Posted 3/8/2009 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   


I have a ton of GERD!  I was actually diagnosed before my Crohn's diagnosis, but I think the GERD is caused by the Crohn's.  Prilosec if taken twice a day and regularly will help a ton.  It has all but gotten rid of my symptoms.  Good luck.

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   Posted 3/9/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Very common to have GERD with your Crohns. I too take Prilosec twice a day and it really helps alot.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 3/9/2009 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
For me, it seems to go with the meds. Never had a problem until after my first flare (and Pred). I had to take Prevacid for years. Now I only take Pentasa, and I no longer need the Prevacid.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.

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