Is there any link between UC and GERD?

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   Posted 9/14/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Your thoughts would be appreciated.

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   Posted 9/14/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that when my GERD is bad, it affects my UC. I was Dx'd with GERD at the same time I was dx'd wtih UC; however, I think I've had GERD for years longer. At times, the GERD is worse to deal with - obviously when my UC in is remission. When they're both acting up, I'm miserable!!!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
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   Posted 9/14/2007 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't start getting acid reflux until I had Uc for 14 years. I think it was all those years of me taking my meds on an empty stomach that may have done it for me. But before I started on Prilosec, I thought I was dying or having a heart attack because it hurt so stinkin' bad!
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   Posted 9/14/2007 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I think there is definitely a link. All I know is that since getting UC last year, I have more frequent occurences of GERD. I know when I eat better it is generally better. It seems logical that there is some link given they both are within the digestive system. I think because of UC and the system not working well, it can cause other manifestations/symptoms

- 29 y/o male living in the DC Metropolitan region
- UC diagnosed - April, 2006 - symptoms came on sudden
- GI could not determine type of UC as I was too inflamed during the colonoscopy
- Completed 3rd Prednisone taper on 4/13/07 - Tapered from early January through mid-April after being hospitalized from a bad flare with anemia & severe joint pain.
- Currently in remission
- 6 Colazal/day, 1 Multivitamin, Fish oil, Primal Defense Probiotics 2/day, Iron supplement when bleeding
- Use small dose (5-10mg) of prednisone occassionally to manage joint pain

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   Posted 9/14/2007 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I was dx'd with gerd when i was about 10. I've always had digestive problems so I've always thought the two were connected. Kinda funny though. I was so young when I was dx'd that i didn't know what heartburn was. It wasn't til years later that i realized that everyone didn't have that feeling in their chest all the time.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
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   Posted 9/14/2007 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I have acid reflux more now than when I was younger but I always had a bit of it.
I had to have my gall bladder removed in my twenties and it was related to UC.

Some of the gerd, I think, comes from the med. Azulfadine is hard on the upper digestive track.

I think I have learned to eat smaller amounts more often and I am better off for it. And I never go anywhere without my Zantac 150.
diagnosed with UC in 1962
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Asulfadine (500mg tablets, 6 daily)
Folic Acid
Zantac as needed
open heart surgery in 2005 for removal of aortic root aneurysm

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