Question for us 'mature' women

For menopausal females
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How long have you been in menopause? - 33.3%
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Have you been on HRT? - 0.0%
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Do you think hormones affect GERD - 66.7%

 
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Tummytuck
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   Posted 3/2/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm wondering how many of us are women around menopausal age?  I am 53 and have been menopausal for 2+ years.  I've read that the incidence of GERD rises for women 'our' age.  And, of those who are menopausal, how many have been on HRT?
 
Tummytuck yeah

Tummytuck
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   Posted 3/2/2007 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Boy, did I screw up this poll!!! I posed all the questions incorrectly and am not able to edit it. If anyone else want to try their hand at it, please go ahead.

Tummytuck

boop97006
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   Posted 3/2/2007 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   

I always get confused with the terms.  I was 'peri-menopausal' for about 6 years...

have been completely 'through' menopause for 4 years

No, did not take replacements

It seems to me that replacements seem to be causing all sorts of trouble per recent studies,  so maybe they do affect GERD, too.


Joan M
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   Posted 3/2/2007 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Ladies your whole body falls apart as we age. On the other hand we have beautiful souls! GERD and another host of problems can be the result of getting older.

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   Posted 3/5/2007 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I had horrible GERD during perimenopause, but really feel that it was caused by the HRT I was on. After 5-6 years on it, plus aciphex, I weaned myself off of it, and could then come off the aciphex, and have been doing a whole lot better. Are you on HRT?
And like Joan said............everything starts falling apart by this age.
I know this sounds awful, and lots of people might be offended by this statement, but I think our bodies were meant to last ONLY while we could procreate. Its sort of a built-in self-destruct/recycle mechanism. But now, we're living until our 70's and 80's. Things just can't last that long. But.....as we're doing here.........we're just trying to make those last 20-30 years more liveable.
After menopause, I started having trouble with dairy products too and some vegies, and carbs.......so I guess our GI tracts just aren't what they used to be. As for myself, I've learned some bad eating habits that I could get by with when my body was younger........but its not doing so well with them now. But emotionally........I still want to eat those things!

Tummytuck
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   Posted 3/5/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not on HRT and don't reallly know what's causing my GERD. I am having an endoscopy this Friday and am hoping that we learn something from it; nothing bad of course. I guess I am hoping they find something that can be fixed but I know that is not likely. Surgery seems to be the absolute last course of treatment with GERD.
As you probably suspect, I don't agree that we're only supposed to last as long as we are able to procreate. We need our elders, though at 53, I don't quite consider myself an elder yet. I think that the lack of hormones DOES change some things for the worst but it also changes some things for the better. I think one our bodies get over the shock of hormone deprivation, things will settle down a bit.

CathyA
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   Posted 3/5/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Tummytuck, make sure they test you for H. Pylorii.

Lonibel
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   Posted 3/5/2007 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Ladies, I wish it were so easy to attribute GERD to aging. Neither of my 85+ parents have GERD, and in fact eat anything they want. But my 7 year old foster daughter has GERD...

Tummytuck
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   Posted 3/6/2007 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
CathyA,

I've been tested for hpylori and the test was negative. We'll see what the gastro says on Friday. I'm glad to finally be going to a gastro. I like my primary doc, but her depth of knowledge isn't great when it comes to certain things. For example, when I told her that the PPI's were helping only about 80%, she wanted to start doing all sorts of testing like CAT scans and ultrasounds saying that if it's GERD it should respond to the PPI's like GERD. Well, they ARE helping me but not completely. She said I should feel complete relief. I wanted to direct her to this board, saying that I know a whole bunch of people who don't get complete relief from PPI's. Heck, if you bother to read anything at all about PPI's you learn very quickly that they don't help everyone and sometimes can even cause one to become dependent on them regarding things like acid rebound. She didn't seem to have a clue beyond taking a pill and having it work. I trust the gastro doc will know more. He's been recommended by friends and has a good reputation so I'm hoping he will at least know where I am coming from with this.

Tummytuck

CathyA
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   Posted 3/6/2007 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again Tummytuck,
I know what you mean about certain docs. I'm lucky in that my internal medicine doc has really good common sense, and doesn't run a zillion tests. I had a doc like that, and it was ridiculous.......expensive, painful, etc.
You're absolutely right about lots of people not getting complete relief with the PPIs.......so I'm glad you're seeing a GI doc.
I wish some researcher would do studies on blood type/nutrition and GERD. I think we all probably have it from possibly different sources. I'm starting to think that my being very high-waisted puts alot of strain and pressure on my stomach, and that leads to my reflux. I'm sure female hormones can cause it by maybe making our esophogeal muscles lax.......
Anyhow........good luck with your GI doc and your endocscopy. I thought it was a fairly easy test. Much easier than having to drink barium and then get a bunch of xrays!
Just to mention........I had horrible heartburn, and nothing showed on my endoscopy. I was very happy with that......but I still had the pain to deal with.

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   Posted 3/6/2007 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tummy Tuck, I am just 50 last month, and not on HRT.  I have had acid reflux for many years now.  I have been on prevacid. tried some others but felt sick on them for some reason.  My insides have been getting worse the last four years. I had my gallbladder out in 2003, but the pain and discomfort is not that.  I have pain around my liver area most all the time.  I have pain in my esophagus all the time and it's getting worse by the week. They spotted a tissue sac midway on my esophagus, but I had an endoscope and colon oscopy last week and nothing showed up.  I am in so much pain this week now, diarrea and can't eat without feeling so sick. wasn't like this before the scopes.  Called the gastro doc and told them.  I have burning in my stomach, which I don't have an ulcer. Can't eat without everything going through me. I may end up at the ER today.   But yes things seem to be gettin worse as time goes on with my intestinal tract.  I also have an enlarged thyroid on my right side and a cyst on that side also. which I feel each time I swollow and I have a neck ache and headache each morning, which I think it's affecting my breathing too. Sadly no one is taking me seriously with this.  I was told I have fibromyalgia and possibley an autoimmune disease, but they don't follow through with this.  This has been going on 3 years now. If you have a doctor who is caring and works with you, that means everything. Sadly I do not have that. My  husband watches me suffer, but won't speak up for me. He wishes he could take away all the pain and sickness, but all it would take is for him to go along to the doctor and say, enough is enough.
 
I hope you get some answers. 
 
Deb
back to square #1- off meds for now-dx with fibro.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. lodine- possibly neurotin 300mg, (not sure about that yet) sublingual B-12 , Chronic shortness of breath, sinus infections.  Asthma/COPD.
 
 


Tummytuck
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   Posted 3/6/2007 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Deb,

I am sorry you are having such a hard time of it. I hope you find some relief. It can't be fun to live that way. I'll keep a good thought out for you.

Tummytuck

debimum
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   Posted 3/7/2007 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Tummy Tuck.   I did talk to the GYN about doing something about calming down the hormones to see if this helps.  But she wasn't very interested in helping me this way.  Really don't know why.  There are people at some pharmacies who mix things for each persons particular problem.  I know there is one in my area who will do blood tests and then research for what would be best for me.  Creams pills etc.  You may want to inquire at a pharmacy that makes formulas for people.  Or check wtih your doctor or GYN.  I have heard of a few people who I spoke with that it helped.  This may be my route to go after seeing the endocrinologist if I don't get anywhere with her.  It's just a shame that there isn't more study for hormonal problems then there is.  they just slap HRT on women and put those chemicals into their bodies.  
    My sister in law was on them for many years, after a hysterectomy at age 28 after two children.  Then she found out she had three kinds of breast cancer about 7 years ago.  had to have a double mastectomy, then they didn't get it all and she had to have surgery and treatments again.  She has been free of that now for 5 years.  We are glad.  But she has talked to all the females in the family not to go on HRT because of what she went through and what she found out after the cancer.
 
I strongly believe medicines (along with all the chemicals in foods and in our farming area,) are causing a whirl wind of autoimmune diseases and now the medical field is scared because they dont' know what to do for us.  I also found out that a poultry place near us was burning plastics, we would get this smell sometimes, that my husband thought someone was burning something strange in their wood stoves.  Well I found out through some mennonite ladies who volunteer at my sewing room at a hospital, that three ladies in my area had been diagnosised with thyroid cancer.  They lived next to the poultry place. So I am careful to cook my own foods and not use pre-made stuff more then I have to.   We were given a deer to have butchered the last two years, that is the best meat for us.  No chemicals.  I also get my chicken from a place who does not give them chemicals.  My nephew also has hefers and doesn't give them any either.  And we have access to organic eggs.    Ya have to check into that though to make sure the animals don't get chemicals in their foods either. 
 
Deb
 
 
 
back to square #1- off meds for now-dx with fibro.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. lodine- possibly neurotin 300mg, (not sure about that yet) sublingual B-12 , Chronic shortness of breath, sinus infections.  Asthma/COPD.
 
 


Tummytuck
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   Posted 3/7/2007 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Deb, I agree that all the chemicals in our 'modern' society are giving us a host of autoimmune diseases. I try to be as chemical free as possible as well but one is exposed all the time.

I think you are referring to the bio-identical hormones. I've read that they are just as problematic as the synthetic ones. I'll just continue drinking my soy milk. I don't have many hot flashes any more anyway.

Tummy
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