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mh53mike
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 10/15/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I know alot of you have GERD to include myself, thought i post some thoughts on it.  I remember as far back as middle school i would have bad heartburn, but it wasnt until years later in the begining of the military where it got so bad tumms did nothing and food was coming back up with acid burps. They diagnosed me with GERD and started me on aciphex. The drug helped tremendously but then along came the first signs of what is now UC. So i switched to prevacid for medical troubleshooting, and now i take nexium.
 
Anyways through all my reading and research of late, I learned that your stomach acid plays a great role in maintinaing proper bacteria levels in your stomach and intestines, if it is reduced or blocked for a long period of time this will allow bad bacteria to over populate. After learing this like months ago i decided to try lower my Nexium dosage amount from 40mg daily to 20mg. It has been working fine so far, but my goal is to completely be independent from any PPI or acid reducers. I have been feeling really good since i started eating right and taking probiotics, so today i decided to skip the nexium, so far so good but i know it takes like a day or so for it to catch up with you. I may alternate days and slowly work into, but either way i hope it works because i believe it plays a role with the UC. 
 
Has anyone else ever tried making dietary changes and stop their GERD medicine with sucess? Or given the matter any thought?
26y old male medically disharged USAF veteran.Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004.
 
Current daily treatment:                               Probiotics & supplements:
2400mg oral asacol                                      Digestive enzymes
5mg prednisone tapering                               50 Billion CFU's acidopholis&Bifidobacterium daily
75mg azathioprine                                        folic acid & calcuim with V-D
20mg Nexum                                               VSL#3 450billion bacteria packets
 
Diet:Little/no sugars, fats, carbs, caffine,yeast,breads. Stay natural as possible.  
 
Results:1 Bowel movement in the morning no blood! Remission since 08Sept08


Red_34
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   Posted 10/16/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I've often wondered about what my acid reflux has in correlation to my UC. I have even tried weaning myself off Prilosec but to no avail. I was miserable every time. One time I even forgot to take them for a week and by the end of the week I was in severe pain and extremely nauseas. I thought of changing my diet but my diet is already so limited that if I changed it, I would be living on air! :0) But I will cross my fingers and hope that you can taper off the PPI with success.
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madabs
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   Posted 10/16/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   

I always want to stop taking pills too, but I would proceed carefully if I were you especially since you have had GERD since you were a child.  Reflux can cause lasting and sometimes serious damage to your esophagus (and lungs!) and the level of your pain may not correspond to the severity of GERD from which you are suffering. 

Not trying to scare you, but several of my family members have suffered damage from this disease, including my young son(8) who may soon be facing surgery due to GERD and I think sometimes people don't respect it as a serious illness. 


UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
asacol 12/daily and rowasa as needed 
Trying out Culturelle Probiotic
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa
i can't complain, but sometimes i still do.  lifes been good to me so far.  -joe walsh


mh53mike
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 149
   Posted 10/16/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Ya i had bad heartburn setting in before the night was through, i wont be able to get off them. If i can somehow maybe find out my stomach PH on an average and if its like normal after taking the medicine i wont mind being on it forever. But if the PH is way low from the PPI i wouldnt mind maybe surgery so i could get off it. I just want to make sure it isnt promoting bad bacterial growth...
26y old male medically disharged USAF veteran.Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004.
 
Current daily treatment:                               Probiotics & supplements:
2400mg oral asacol                                      Digestive enzymes
5mg prednisone tapering                               50 Billion CFU's acidopholis&Bifidobacterium daily
75mg azathioprine                                        folic acid & calcuim with V-D
20mg Nexum                                               VSL#3 450billion bacteria packets
 
Diet:Little/no sugars, fats, carbs, caffine,yeast,breads. Stay natural as possible.  
 
Results:1 Bowel movement in the morning no blood! Remission since 08Sept08


madabs
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 388
   Posted 10/17/2008 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   

Sorry your reflux came back so soon. 

Have you had an upper endoscopy lately.  That might tell you a lot.  You know some people don't have an acid problem at all, but have an allergy problem where a type of white cell called eonsinphil attacks the healthy tissue of the esophagus.  It is rare though in adults, I think.

  There is also a test your GI could do called a ph probe that may tell you what you want to know about your ph levels.  Thin wires are lowered to near the opening of your stomach and left for 24-48 hours.  My son just had this done and he had to carry a little electronic device that collected all the data.  


UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
asacol 12/daily and rowasa as needed 
Trying out Culturelle Probiotic
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa
i can't complain, but sometimes i still do.  lifes been good to me so far.  -joe walsh


mh53mike
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 149
   Posted 10/17/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
i never had the upper endoscopy done just a barium x-ray i think. If i see a GI soon ill ask him about the PH test thanks.
26y old male medically disharged USAF veteran.Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004.
 
Current daily treatment:                               Probiotics & supplements:
2400mg oral asacol                                      Digestive enzymes
5mg prednisone tapering                               50 Billion CFU's acidopholis&Bifidobacterium daily
75mg azathioprine                                        folic acid & calcuim with V-D
20mg Prilosec                                          VSL#3 450billion bacteria packets
 
Diet:Little/no sugars, fats, carbs, caffine,yeast,breads,alcohol. Stay natural as possible.  
 
Results:1 Bowel movement in the morning no blood! Remission since 08Sept08

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