RA and gastro intestinal issues
I'm new to this community, having been recently diagnosed with RA. I'm not on any regular medication to deal with my condition as I'm first having tests to check for other underlying conditions.
I'm interested to know if any other members have experienced problems with acid reflux with RA. My GP says there is no connection but is he right? He admits that his knowledge of RA is limited. He sees it as something that just affects joints but another doctor has said that it is a complex disease that can affect different parts of the body.
I've had one rheumatology appointment (Ninewells, Dundee) when it was confirmed that I had RA and was given a steroid injection. This didn't do much for the problems with my hands but calmed my acid reflux right down. I've spoken to my GP about this and he had no explanation for this as steroids normally aggravate acid reflux.
I look forward to receiving any feedback.
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