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nsearch212
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   Posted 8/22/2011 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 
Hey Everyone,
 
Just a quick question for all of you female GERD and heartburn sufferes. Do you notice an increase in intrensity of your reflux around the time of your period? Always around the same time of every month just before I get my monthly it seems like everything starts getting a lot worse. This month seems especially bad..I am, soo exhausted I can barely hold me eyes open and I believe I am getting very bad esophageul spasms and they are extremely painful. It feels like my heart is skipping a beat but it doesn't come from my chest area it comes from the bottom of my rib cage running up and down the lower part of my chest. I know when you have your period and your body is already inflammed it just makes everything worse but this month is just soo much worse. I have to admit that the last week or 2 I have not been very good with my diet and have been drinking my wine a little too often especially around dinner time. I usually only have 1-2 glasses of red wine once or twice a week but because of some stress that Im under ( a dear friend of mine committed suicide a week a go) I have been drinking a little too much. Now instead of a couple glasses of wine a week it's now a couple a day which I don't like doing especially with the gi problems I already have. Last night I didn't drink at all and today Im having all these problems. So I don't know if its just my body coming off of the increased drinking I was doing or if everything is just going out of whack because of my impending period?? I just don't remember any other month being quite this severe. I was taking my protonix but it now needs a prior authorization through the insurance company and my gi dr is currently on vacation. I called his medical assistant twice last week and always had to leave a message. Just not sure if I should be really worried about this or if I should just try to wait it out a few days and go back to my healthy diet. I also don't ever remember being this fatigued before though like it would take all my might just to raise my hand up. Perhaps an underlying heart issue?? I have been checked out by a cardiologist and have had numerous ekgs and they are all "normal"  so Im just not sure...
 
 

gerdsucks
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   Posted 8/22/2011 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry about your friend! I'm glad you brought this up though, because I've noticed my body is feeling like crap the past few days and I will be starting my period today or tomorrow. I actually posted about it earlier, because it's very scary to me. My chest hurts every day, but the past couple days I've had short, sharp pains in my lower rib cage and gas pains in my belly area. I don't know if it's at all what you're going through, but it's had me freaking out. I also feel extremely exhausted today, and woke up a few times in the night. Hopefully this gets better, I don't want to keep bugging my doctor.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 8/22/2011 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't noticed a difference tied into my cycle, but I do wonder if pre-menopausal hormonal changes could relax the LES? I had terrible acid reflux and nausea whilst pregnant, from day 1, so I know hormones can cause me trouble.

On a monthly basis, however, I think the only problem is that will power goes out the window around day 26 so the dietary aspects are less well controlled!!

MMM
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma

nsearch212
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   Posted 8/22/2011 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
 
 
When I was pregnant with my daughter I had no heartburn or anything had a wonderful pregnancy. The thing is when I was delivering her the contractions that I felt were high up right underneath my ribcage. Well that is where I am having all the pain lately. So I don't know if there is a hiatal hernia that has developed there since I've had my daughter?? Had a barium swallow test last nov and they didn't find anything.
 
Also ::gerdsucks:: I just wanted to let you know that a lot of my gi problems started in my late teens and early 20's and have been continous expect for the one year I was pregnant and seems to be getting worse with each passing year. When I was little I always had an upset stomach and had tons of testing because I refused to eat for almost an entire summer.  My pediatrician eventually came to the diagnosis of ealry adolescent onset anxiety disorder. I was a very nervous child and never knew why.
 
All throughout my childhood and into school I had anxiety issues. Then the last 2 years of high school I ended up getting really sick with a virus that mimicked mono(eppstein -Barr virus) and could not attend school for over a year, had to be tutored. Then I moved away from home after graduation and for a while most of my anxiety issues went away but my stomach issues started up really bad.
 
When in college I started going to more parties and of course drinking and for a while drinking helped my anxiety but not my stomach. So for me it was double edged sword, drink to keep the anxiety level down and deal with gi upset or not drink and deal with a bad stomach and anxiety.
 
Well I later learned in my mid 20's that drinking contributes to my stomch problems then I started developing a ton of other symptoms that I had never dealt with before. That would be the heart palpatations, chest tightness, the excess gassy feeling in my stomach, hard sharp pains just below my ribcage, pain radiating into my shoulders and upper back and shortness of breath. The first time I encountered this it had me so scared that I drove myself to the ER and swore up and down that I was dieing. I was 23 when that happened. As you probably know the er docs were laughing it up and telling me I was having anxiety attacks.
 
That was just one of that many times I eneded up in the ER over the course of the next 6 years. Last year I was hospitalized for 4 days because they thought I had a small bowel obstruction and after the endoscopy and the colonscopy they had no idea what was wrong with me. They couldn't find a thing.  
 
It was just recently I started to correlate my periods with the intensity of the pain. I usually get mine around the 25th of each month  but I would start feeling absolutely sick around the 19th of every month just like clock work. I started to go back and look at my er visits and they were always around the 19th or a couple days after or before. I just know to not really plan anything around that time becasue I feel terrible and it usually doesn't subside for about a week or so or until Im done with my cycle. So I can imagine fo us women there probably is a hormonal factor in it as well. I swear though that my husband has PMS too. So maybe thats why its worse for both men and women during certain times of the month.. 
 

chaoticme
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   Posted 8/22/2011 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Ladies, I'm currently older than the hills but wanted to mention what happened to me. I went through surgical menopause when I was 39 and went immediately on HRT.

I decided to stop the HRT a couple of years ago. I gradually eased off of it and the GI problems started immediatley. Had this happened to me only, I'd say it was a coincidence but the women I talked to about this all said the same thing.

Yes, I firmly believe hormones play a huge role in GI issues.

God bless,
cme
Specific (cancer) phobia; depression; GAD; fibro; hypertension; GERD; LPR; diverticular disease; 1992 bilateral T.R.A.M. Flap (contributing to or cause of GI issues?) lasting complications; Raynaud's; neuropathy; microscopic hematuria...

davinci817
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   Posted 8/22/2011 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Agree that hormones are a HUGE issue in this. I started having hormone decline aka peri menopause symptoms back in late 2006 at the age of 36 and funny enough that is when I started first having what I would say were Gallbladder attacks which then turned into GERD problems. My anxiety is very high around the same time every month but due to a partial hysterectomy , ovaries intact I don't have the monthly flow, just the symptoms of it. Can pretty well gauge everything as it takes place.

There is data out there on what estrogen dominance can do to the GI system. Of course the problem is most Doctors will blow you off if you even attempt to relate the two. In my five years of research and belonging to a peri/meno forum, having GI issues during hormone decline is VERY NORMAL. They just choose to ignore us and not find our little blue pill to help mad !

chaoticme
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   Posted 8/22/2011 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a total hysterectomy and took depo estradiol injections monthly for years and then went to Estratest. I was on that for many years too and I weaned off then all h*** broke loose with my GI system.

My hair and skin started thinning and my urologist says it's because I got off the estrogen and that it helps the 'whole woman.' I don't care about the hair or skin! I just want GI relief!

I have started using the Vivelle Dot patch recently. I don't know if it will help or if I'm just playing around and could make the GI problems worse.

God bless,
cme
Specific (cancer) phobia; depression; GAD; fibro; hypertension; GERD; LPR; diverticular disease; 1992 bilateral T.R.A.M. Flap (contributing to or cause of GI issues?) lasting complications; Raynaud's; neuropathy; microscopic hematuria...

davinci817
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   Posted 8/22/2011 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on biodentical progesterone up until a month ago when I decided to come off everything after the GB removal just to see how my body did. I do like the compounded idea better than a one size fits all. Wish you luck with the Vivelle.

somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 8/23/2011 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I've mentioned this before but I was on natural progesterone for 8 years without any problems to speak of until after my hysterectomy. That's about when my acid started getting worse - slowly but still worse and my gall bladder was removed a few years before the hysterectomy. I tried going back on natural progesterone after the hyst. but it did not help at all.

It's kind of like nature plays a dirty trick on us and keeps us in pretty good shape for the baby-bearing years and then it all starts downhill. It did for me anyway.

Yet I know many women who stop having periods, never have a hysterectomy, never get reflux or bile (after GB surgery) and they just sail right through into their 50's and 60's and enjoy their golden years. That has not been my experience.

I'm 3 week out from NF surgery and I'm miserable. Still waiting for swelling to go down, abdomen pain to stop and acid (due to leaks from swelling they tell me) and a good night's rest.

I guess I'll sleep sitting up tonight.

I miss Johnny Carson . . .
GERD doesn't exist in a vacuum. . .

Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. - The Eagles

Lap Nissen Fundoplication August 1, 2011
Constant Bile Diarrhea since 1996 after Gall Bladder removal
Anxiety? You betcha. . . :)

likehome
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   Posted 8/23/2011 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
My GERD is definitely worse on my period. I am in my mid 30's and perimenopausal. My periods were lasting 11-12 days and I was miserable! The doctor put me on Nexium about 6 weeks ago. A month ago, I decided that I was tired of being so miserable on my period with GERD and PMS that I would try to go on a low dose birth control pill. I did and my period was much shorter this time and my GERD symptoms have improved tremendously! I have changed my diet too which helped alot. I only drink water. I live on baked turkey, chicken, green beans, sweet potatoes, peas, plain oatmeal, and lowfat vanilla frozen yogurt for dessert. I hope one day I can eat like a normal person again.

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 8/24/2011 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey sweetie,

I just saw this article today on Yahoo, and it does say that GERD symptoms increase before your period. It's super basic, but there's an MD's name on it (and GI, at that!) so here's a little proof if you want to back up your claim.

http://health.yahoo.net/articles/heart/10-things-you-should-know-about-heartburn

Ashley

davinci817
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   Posted 8/24/2011 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I did the low dose BCP at first but then after my partial hyster they wouldn't let me take it anymore. Went on the Compounded Progesterone. Got my hormone panel back today and guess I am nearing the menopause state. My Estrogen is down from around 200 last year to 32, my progesterone is down to .8 because I had come off of it during my recovery time to see what my body was really doing. I have for some strange reason very high DHEA, could be from ovarian cysts (have those), could be a prediabetes state or my pharmacist thinks just plain old stress. Usually when I am on the Progesterone everything calms back down again. Here is hoping!

Happyvegie
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   Posted 4/19/2014 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am experiencing same symptom right now that my period is about to come... the previous post are are way too late... how i wish i could talk to someone at present . thanks.

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 4/20/2014 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
How did I find my way in here. Ah gawd, ah god.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 4/21/2014 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
You're just too curious ARM smilewinkgrin

I think hormonal spikes can affect the LES - certainly in pregnancy the high progesterone affects things. I had bad reflux from week 1 of pregnancy, definitely nothing to do with the size of the baby at that point! I get some problems around day 21 when progesterone peaks but nothing related to my stomach. Do get chocolate cravings though!

MMM
GERD (3 years and counting)
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma
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