I've had fibromyalgia for 10 years now, and I'm always trying to make sense of things.......trying to make some connections. Sometimes I make them too quickly, and they probably aren't correct. But I'm always trying to understand cause and effect.
I developed IBS and GERD shortly after I had the flu and pneumonia back in l995. I had been doing very well with my GERD, even off of my PPI, for several years now. As I've suggested before, I think being on hormone replacement made it much worse. I came off that several years ago, and then was able to get off my PPI. I should mention that I'm 55, and am going through menopause, and feel that my hormones definitely worsen my GERD.
This summer I developed Hairy Tongue, and also had a flare up of my GERD. Since the mouth is part of the GI tract, I thought it was somehow connected. Fearing it was a yeast flare-up from the antibiotic I had been on, I began eating yogurt and taking Threelac and acidopilus. This didn't seem to help, and my tongue continued to look bad, and my reflux was bad for about 5-6 weeks.
Last week I had a migraine with an intense aura. This always happened to me after my periods, when my estrogen was going back up. Since I don't have periods anymore, it's hard to know where I am in my cycle......but when I got that migraine, I knew I would probably start feeling better soon. Sure enough........within a week, my hairy tongue started looking better, and my reflux and diarrhea went away.
This supports my theory that, for women, hormones might play a big role in reflux/GERD. Maybe it's prostaglandins, I don't know. And I'm not sure there's anything we can do about it.........but for me, it gives me hope that when my hormones are finally done fluctuating, maybe life will be better for me. Also.......perhaps they will develop a medication that will block the GI effects of hormones.
I'm curious if any of you women have noticed that your GERD gets alot worse around your periods? For me that was a catch-22. I know that NSAIDS can block some of the bothersome symptoms around periods, but those always worsened my GERD.