Gastritis Symptoms

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 12/18/2007 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi - I originally posted this on the UC forum as that is where I primarily reside, but due to lack of response, I am also posting here in the hopes of getting some input.
I have UC but also suffer from gastritis.  In the past, I have used Nexium or Prevacid to keep my Gastritis in check.  I had to stop taking Nexium, though, when I became pregnant, so I have not used it in the past 7 and 1/2 months.  It's starting to get a little rough for me in the Gastritis department (noticing more and more burning stomach and heartburn), although I believe my UC is still in remission.  My question is...
Is it possible for Gastritis to cause diarrhea?  I am experiencing a few bouts of diarrhea every now and then.  It doesn't feel like a UC flare - no blood, no mucus, no urgency, no pain, and it's not consistent.  I will wake up in the morning and have a normal bowel movement, not go all day, then at night, I will have an instance or two of watery diarrhea.  It's not every night... just one or two nights per week.  It's been happening for the last 2 or 3 weeks.  It starts with a lot of gurgling in my stomach (not my bowels) and heartburn and ends in diarrhea. 
For those of you who have been pregnant, do you think this could just be pregnancy-related?  I am now in my 31st week.
It really doesn't feel like a UC flare to me at all.  I guess I could be wrong, though, so I will take any advice anyone has to offer.  You are all so great, I wanted to get your input before calling my doctor.

Thank you so much for your help!
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 12/18/2007 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   

I have chronic gastritis and Crohn's, but I'm able to take Nexium.  I don't know if gastritis can cause D - it just gives me intense stomach pain and nausea.  I know some people who have taken Reglan or Phenergrin while pregnant for morning sickness.  Maybe you should ask your gyno if you should try Reglan to help with the gastritis and D.  Or maybe try some small amounts of Immodium or Pepto Bismol to see what happens.  

Congratulations on your up-coming little one!

DX: mild to moderate Crohn's for 34 years
Additional benefits: chronic anemia, B12 deficient, peripheral neuropathy, facial mylagsia, joint pain, underactive thyriod
Current meds: Colozal, Nexium, Entocort, Flagyl, steriod cream, monthly B12 injections, Neurontin, Synthroid, Effexor ER, pain meds as needed

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 12/18/2007 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
In the latter stages of my pregnancy I use to get horrible heartburn. Never had D at those times as I was in remission and usually more often than not suffered with C. Maybe you should try taking some Maalox to see if that will help the heartburn. But be careful cause the Maalox can cause D too. Good luck with your soon to arrive little one.
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.

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