I'm a veteran member and have had an ileostomy since 1984. I have had terrible stomach pains but mine was diagnosed as a ulcer. I do know that I have not been successful in controlling it with diet, but that would be my first suggestion. Go bland -- see if that helps. Secondly, keep something in your stomach, even if it is just pretzels or saltines. Eat small amounts and frequently, no carbonated beverages, no caffeine, no spicy foods. Try that and if you don't see Any improvement in a short time, call your doctor for a professional opinion. Maybe the protonix isn't right for you. I graduated to Nexium in a short amount of time and 1 pill a day is great for me. One other thing - if you remove too much acid from your system by way of taking the meds and limiting your diet of acidic foods, you can also get extreme pain and burning in your stomach as well. I had that happen to me when I was on a higher dose of Nexium, changed my diet dramatically but continued to take the same higher dose of Nexium. I telephoned my pharmacist and he said "drink a soda, ie Pepsi and call me back". It worked. Pain subsided. I called the doctor on the next business day, and Nexium dosage was lowered. No problems since then. Please let us know what you find out. Definitely get your m.d. in the loop.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery