Reflux FREE for 23 days...and then bam!

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   Posted 8/28/2011 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I'm newer to the whole reflux thing so I'm still trying to figure things out. It's been about 4 months since mine started and I've noticed a pattern. I'll have reflux for about 2 weeks regardless of what I eat or what I do, etc. And then it will disappear completely for several weeks only to return again WITHOUT the addition of ANY new foods or eating habits, etc. I am a creature of habit and routine so I just do NOT understand this. What I'm wondering is if it could have anything to do with HORMONES??? I gave birth to my second child in Oct 2010 and am still breastfeeding. I felt as though I may start my cycle this past Monday as I had all the normal signs even cramping...but nothing. And then Friday the reflux started. I had my usual foods for breakfast and mid-morning snack and then it started without warning. Went away on Saturday then back today. I'm frustrated b/c I've done everything I can do from a lifestyle modification point of view and this is so unpredictable. So does anyone think hormones are playing a role??


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   Posted 8/28/2011 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
It can have a lot to do with hormones. There was a post just a week or two ago about this.

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   Posted 8/29/2011 2:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Progesterone relaxes the LES. All the symptoms I have are the same as when I was pregnant (6 years ago) and back then it was nothing to do with my stomach being squashed; it started on day 1 of pregnancy! As Davinci says, we have talked about female hormones and GERD. I guess we need to hear from some ladies whose symptoms resolved after the menopause!

Here's hoping . . . .
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma

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   Posted 8/29/2011 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I can say my progesterone is on the fritz and that is when my problems started. I think things do improve after menopause for some women. At least that is what I have seen over the last five years on a peri/meno site.

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   Posted 8/29/2011 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
i can say i have the EXACT same problem as you, and I am a male. Not sure if male hormones would have an impact...but what I eat, etc. doesn't. And mine can disappear for up to 3-4 weeks before returning out of the blue for no reason.

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   Posted 8/29/2011 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I think us gals are just more in tune with our bodies and can gauge it like clockwork based on our cycling patterns. Men have failing hormones too, just nobody talks about it.

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   Posted 8/29/2011 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My GERD is definitely cyclical according to my periods. Usually I am fine until after my period, before I can eat whatever and be fine but after for some reason, most likely hormonal my gerd/stomach issues are crazy. I must mention I am 48 too and peri-menopausal so it seems as if it is all connected.
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