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Posted by Elisabeth [2701.2836] on November 14, 2006 at 19:31:20:

Hi all,

In the past few months with the onset of my period I have been
experiencing heartburn. Was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to
why this might happen.

I am 42, and still have regular periods. I have noticed some
hormonally based changes in my body in the past couple of years, but
still have a period every 28 days for five days. But now I find that I
have a pressure sensation in my upper chest during menses that
radiates to the upper back/shoulder blade area, and it gets worse as
the days pass. By day six I feel just terrible, like I was run over by a
truck, horrible heartburn, extreme fatigue, super lightheaded,
sometimes a massive headache (migraine?) with nausea.

This will go on from day 1 to about day 11 or 12 of my cycle. Then
suddenly I wake up and it feels like everything has kicked back in; my
head is clear, no more heartburn, energy back etc. I feel like a million
again. Then on day 14 I feel the pinch of ovulation and pretty much
feel good until my next period starts.

FYI I do not take medications or hormones, have never had heartburn
in my life (in fact I thought I was having heart trouble when I first got
it because I had no idea what heartburn felt like! My boyfriend was
the one who suggested that it was heartburn). I am slim, exercise
regularly, and eat healthy (not PWFD, but damn near to it!). I take a
multi vitamin and b complex, plus a probiotic every morning with
breakfast.

Is this just your basic perimenopause type thing? Any ideas are
appreciated! I'm just riding it out right now, but every month it's the
same thing. Starting to wonder if "this too, will (really) pass.

Cheers,

elisabeth



Re: heartburn/menstruation

Posted by Ron [1013.2966] on November 15, 2006 at 03:54:10:

In Reply to: heartburn/menstruation posted by Elisabeth [2701.2836] on November 14, 2006 at 19:31:20:

Hi Elisabeth,

Have you been experiencing any pain in the area of your gallbladder especially when you do ab-crunches?

If so, then avoid all exercise which forces you to tense your abs too much. It is possible that you have stretched an important ligament where your esophagus attaches to your diaphragm, resulting in acid reflux. If the exercise hurts, don't do it.



Re: heartburn/menstruation

Posted by Charles [6953.1351] on November 15, 2006 at 06:08:16:

In Reply to: Re: heartburn/menstruation posted by Ron [1013.2966] on November 15, 2006 at 03:54:10:

And that would only be happening when she has her period?

I know women are complicated but I never imagined it to that extent. :)



Re: heartburn/menstruation

Posted by ANN [1003.516] on November 15, 2006 at 10:40:11:

In Reply to: heartburn/menstruation posted by Elisabeth [2701.2836] on November 14, 2006 at 19:31:20:

many women get food cravings and eat differently during their periods. You might keep a food and beverage diary. I used to eat sugar,soda,caramels, and chocolate during my period. When I gave up that stuff, I stopped getting cramps and generally felt better. Migraines can also be food related- common migraine triggers include shellfish, hard cheese, sulfur (dried fruit is treated with it and MSM is sulfur), wine, and very cold foods like ice cream and popsicles.You might have more ndividualized triggers- thats why food/beverage diaries can be helpful. As for fatigue- sugar and starches cause fatigue in some people-some people find wheat fatiguing, but not brown rice- experiment.

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Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on November 15, 2006 at 11:43:38:

In Reply to: heartburn/menstruation posted by Elisabeth [2701.2836] on November 14, 2006 at 19:31:20:

Elizabeth (& Charles).

You might review that article on the home page about "Modern Medical Interpretation of Stress".

Consider that womens' hormone cycle changes their metabolism a lot more than men have any appreciation of. ANY change, when one is "close to the edge of their cliff" can push them over into having early symptoms that later in life will come on all the time.

Walt

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Re: heartburn/menstruation

Posted by Ron [1540.2966] on November 24, 2006 at 12:33:05:

In Reply to: Re: heartburn/menstruation posted by Charles [6953.1351] on November 15, 2006 at 06:08:16:

Hi Charles,

Periods are usually accompanied by a feeling of being bloated. That could add to the intra-abdominal pressure
and make reflux worse than at other times.

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