I believe that gerd and UC may go hand in hand. I had the gerd and heart burn way before the UC. I truly think that UC is nothing more than the fact that your digestive system has been let go for too long and now your immune system is invovled with trying to correct it. By let go i believe its a combination of poor diet habits, possible anitbiotic bacterial kill off, and a stressfull lifestyle. I have read bad bacterial overgrowth can cause upper digestive issues such as gerd, in turn most people use anti-acids or PPI's. Reducing acid content promotes bacterial growth. Our bodies PH lvl's keeps bacteria in check and if we supress it, it only leaves me to one conclusion.
For my own personal research I am maintaining remission through probiotics and will slowly tapper off all my meds. This includes my nexum. Iwant to see what happens really.
26y old male medically disharged USAF veteran.Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004.
Current daily treatment: Probiotics & supplements:
50 Billion CFU's acidopholis&Bifidobacterium daily
2400mg oral asacol Digestive enzymes
10mg prednisone tapering 5grams of glutamine
75mg azathioprine folic acid & calcuim with V-D
20mg Nexum Whey protien
Diet:Little/no sugars, fats, carbs, caffine,sugars,yeast. Stay natural as possible.
Results:1 Bowel movement in the morning no blood! Remission since 08Sept08