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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 9/7/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed in alot of peoples signitures they are listing GERD, heartburn or acid reflux.  I myself have GERD and had it for a couple of years before i was ever diagnosed with UC.  I have been on a daily dose of PPI for awhile, taking nexuim at the moment.
Anyways i kind of my have this consiracy theory going that the two are linked and UC follows long term GERD.  PPI's suppress acid production in the stomch and i believe that some stomach acid is used to regulate your bacteria levels in your intestines.  If you mess with the acids then in turn your bacteria could get out of whack...and create one heck of a vicous cycle...maybe leading to UC?? Just a hunch...i personally think bacteria is the underlying cause of UC.
So how many have GERD? whats your thoughts and expierences with it?
26y old male med disharge veteran
Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004
Current daily treatment:
1000mg sup asacol
2400mg oral asacol
40mg prednisone
75mg azathioprine
20mg Nexum
Still 4-5 bloody, mucus bowel movents a day! Blah...

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 9/7/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I have GERD. It was dx'd at the same time as my UC. Before then I never took a PPI. An occasional H2 blocker and tums maybe - usually suffered through it, but I don't remember it being as bad then as it is now.

Sometimes the GERD is worse to deal with than the UC! Both durning a UC flare is down right double whammy miserable...
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Remission?!?!?
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: 10/07/08
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 297
   Posted 9/7/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I have acid reflux and I take Prilosec every day. They came about at the same time too. I love life people.

Age: 30
Sex: Yes please!
Location: Missouri
Diagnosed with UC in 1997.
Medications: 100 mg Azathioprine a day, Mesa rectal meds
Supplements: calcium, and multivitamin
No. of colonoscopies: 5
Last scope: 6/7/08-everything looked ok.

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