Digestive bothers

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Do any of you get heartburn/reflux issues around your monthly? I have been getting heartburn ever since I entered peri but it seems that when I am ovulating I get it worse than other times. My GI said that the receptor sites for progesterone and estrogen are located along the digestive tract which why we experience such digestive upsets during hormonal fluctuations. 

I had a c section two years ago and during that procedure the OB had to scrape scar tissue from my bowels which formed there from a previous abdominal surgery. When I explained my experience to my current GYN, he said anytime there is manipulation to the bowels it can result in things like having heartburn. The bowels are very sensitive and don't react well to being tampered with. Oh boy!

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    Yes I do. I am convinced at these times I have an ulcer as I am suffering anxiety. (Anxiety is much higher to around my period). However, since it goes away once my period has come and gone, I do put it down to hormonal. I also don't like 'being messed about with' so have been thankful it does go away, or else I suppose they'd want to stick something down  my throat to have a look? 

    I use the following to help ease the burning. 

    Sometimes lacto free milk helps (or regular milk)

    peppermint tea has helped

    I have purchased slippery elm and am trying that out

    Extra Strong Mints(regular sweet  kind)

    My whole indigestional tract has gone haywire. It's a nightmare. 

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      Yeah my GI had scheduled me for an endoscope but I did not feel comfortable with the idea of being put to sleep like that. So I cancelled it. He  wanted to see if I had H. pylori but you can do a blood test for that why he wanted to do a scope right off the bat is odd to me, My sister had H. pylori and they only did a blood test for her. I will try with a different doctor to see if I can get tested. Some of these doctors will opt for the procedure that will give them the most commission and not necessarilly choose what may overall be better for the patient.
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      My boyfriend said he went for the test and he said that he had to 'blow into something' he says like a tube and that is how he was diagnosed. So yes, that does sound dramatic (endoscope) but, maybe they suspect something else like an ulcer. No idea of course, I am not a doctor.My boyfrien also says he was suffering from acid reflux and heartburn, farting etc., but used probiotic drinks and it went away. He was not diagnosed pylori though as the blowing test showed negative. 
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      I hope I did not worry you regards an ucler, but I was just confused as to why he wanted an endoscope when there appears to be other ways to find out if you have Pylori.  Ones that are less 'scary' than the endoscope one. I have such medical phobias I hate all of that probing and stuff and often I feel medicines make me feel worse! x
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      Because I found out that he likes to choose methods that pay out more to him. When I first saw him for the heartburn he told me to take omeprazole which is prilosec over the counter and he also suggested for miralax for occasional constipation. He insisted on writing a prescription when I told him i would buy them from the pharmacy. The pharmacy wouldn't fill the prescription. He asked me why did your doctor write this prescription when you can get those cheaper over the counter?

      Then when I went back to him, he said that he could do a blood test to determine whether I had h. Pylori but he said he prefers scopes. So i deduced from those two incidents that he is money hungry which is why I will go see a different doctor.

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    I recently started having the same symptoms. My docto gave me Prilosec to take for one month. I'm also going to find ways to relieve the symptoms. It's no fun having heavy cycles and indigestion. Since you started having this heart burn does it make it harder for you to breathe during any exercise. Mine gets in the way. I hope you feel better sooks
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    Hi Sharcerv 

    I do suffer from acid reflux and heartburn at times. I'm sorry you went through that surgery with the bowls. 

    Maybe you should be on something for heart burn ask your doctor

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      Yes I take Prevacid 15mg twice daily but when it's getting close to that ovulation time i find that i have quite the flare up. Diet could be a factor too. I should cut back on carbs and see if this helps.
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    Yes that's very familiar! Although my periods have stopped, my hormones still come and go with the tides! I still get heartburn at certain times of the month. But I've cut down on bread, for several reasons, and have found this helps.

    It's not an allergy or anything like that. I just don't feel our modern wheat is doing us any good.

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    Hello

    I'm having digestive issues too. I've got a disgusting taste in my mouth and throat, chest pain and pressure and I've been burping quite a lot.

    I've tried 2 different acid reducing medication, neither of which has done any real good and if anything I've felt more acidy since I stopped taking them than I did before I started them.

    This is probably the most distressing peri symptom I've had.

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