Crohn's in remission, now have heartburn

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SourTum
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   Posted 7/26/2017 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm new to the forum! I'm 20yrs old and was recently diagnosed with moderate Crohn's, started Humira 6 months ago and am now in clinical remission. This is great, but I still experience nausea and reflux after eating normal portions, and specific foods.

I was hoping that once I stared Humira, I would eventually be able to eat normally again. I have tried Zantac in the past, but didn't notice much improvement.

Could this be something different than Crohns (maybe GERD?), and does anyone have any experience or advice with hear symptoms? Thanks!

Labradorite
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   Posted 7/26/2017 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Sourgum! Welcome to the forum! Im so happy to hear that the Humira helped. Have you brought this up to your GI? It could be GERD. you should have it looked into. I have had GERD off and on over the years usually during fares but I'm currently in the same position as you, remission but still having acid reflux. My doctor prescribed aciphex which usually helps me significantly when i have flares of it though this time it hasn't been as helpful. Zantac doesn't do much for me either. I totally understand wanting the normal diet. I miss raw tomatoes but they make the GERD much worse. Definitely talk to your doctor and see if a prescription PPI would be helpful for a few months. I have in the past been able to do the PPI for a while and then slowly ween off of it with zantac helping during minor flares.

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fos4snt
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   Posted 7/27/2017 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I take omeprazole 40 as needed for reflux and find it quite helpful. Most of the OTC reflux medications are useless. It's wonderful you're in clinical remission. I wish I could say the same! Crohns can affect all of your digestive tract.
Age 45 - Crohns/Colitis Dx 3/2017
Asthmatic w/food allergies and allergic to multiple meds (including steroids & cipro)
Currently taking Apriso/Rowasa
Prior meds: Lialda (extreme nausea), Uceris (increased symptoms and bleeding) and Canasa (did nothing)

SourTum
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   Posted 7/27/2017 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both for the advice! I will definitely bring it up with my GI and ask about aciphex. Are there any foods that you strictly avoid when having a GERD flare, or diets that you find helpful and non-inflammatory?

scifigal2k
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   Posted 7/27/2017 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
There are kind of three levels of PPIs for prescriptions: omeprazole is the lower end, then there's nexium, then dexilant. I've slowly worked my way up to needing dexilant, but it makes a huge different when I take it regularly. If I miss one, I definitely feel it.
"For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it depart from me. He said, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities; I take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses, for when I am weak, then am I strong" 2 Cor

fos4snt
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   Posted 7/27/2017 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I have found spicy foods, highly acidic foods and alcohol exacerbate my reflux. The sad thing is I love all three. My drink of choice use to be rum and cranberry. Hmph. But, I use to love strawberries and shrimp before I developed an allergy to them, so we do what we gotta do. Figuring out what bothers you takes time and a process of elimination.
Age 45 - Crohns/Colitis Dx 3/2017
Asthmatic w/food allergies and allergic to multiple meds (including steroids & cipro)
Currently taking Apriso/Rowasa
Prior meds: Lialda (extreme nausea), Uceris (increased symptoms and bleeding) and Canasa (did nothing)

minnietoty
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   Posted 7/29/2017 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been having GERD for 18 years now. Nine years prior to being diagnosed w Crohn's. I'm on Nexium 40 2x1 but that's because of my long-standing disease. Avoid chocolate, caffeine, citrus, tomato and tomato sauce, fresh peppermint, strawberry, spices, very hot or very cold food. These all aggravate GERD.
GERD, perianal fistula, CD, IBS, persistent mouth ulcers & fissures
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Meds: Remicade, Cortiment, Nexium, Imuran, colifoam, monthly B12 inj.
Pred 40 mg from Oct. 2010 till Jan. 2012
Previous: Mesalamine tablets & supp.
Failed:Azathioprine (generic), Methotrexate
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