likehome, did your gyn do any tests to establish whether you were in fact perimenopausal? A blood test on day 2 or 3 of your menstrual cycle will tell you what your baseline FSH is - this is a good measure of where you are relative to menopause. Fertile women have baseline FSH less than 11, menopausal women have baseline FSH over 50. You need to be off the pill I think to get a good measure of this hormone.
The upper GI gas you're experiencing may be due to some lactose intolerance, which is very common and gets more prevalent as we age. Cut back on milk and soft cheese, or use a lactase tablet (Lactaid brand works well) when you're having these kinds of foods and see if that helps.
Sometimes you have to try a few different ppis to see what works best for you. I used Nexium for a few years without much relief and then switched to Prevacid which worked like a charm.
49 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Pentasa (3g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11.