Menopause, indigestion & acid reflux..... the list goes on

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I am about at my wits end!  Anyone else suffer from bad acid reflux?  I have been on omeprozole for a few years now, but the past 2 months have been so bad with burning upper abdominal pain which spreads under left breast and sometimes I get burning between shoulders, doc ordered urgent endoscopy which showed up nothing, so the diagnosis was non ulcer dyspepsia ( in other words indigestion)  I was prescrbed zantac to take along with the omeprozole, this seemed to help for a couple of weeks but last few days has been really bad, also my stomach looks as if  I am about to give birth to a baby elephant!  This is on top of all the anxiety/panic symptoms for which I was given mirtazapine 5 weeks ago, (menopause was only confirmed last week, even though I had suspected myself I was going through it)  I am sure those pills are making me worse, before starting them I was able to go out, now I can't even go to work (which is on my doorstep) without having 5mg diazepam, only took a 2mg tonight as don't want to get addicted and felt as if i was going to faint!  I often feel more anxious after eating, and I never have really big meals.  Can anyone else relate to any of this?  Got doc on Tues and on Jay's recommendation I'm going to ask for B6,  Have looked at red clover, black cohosh and other stuff, don't want to spend a fortune on things that might not work.  Had my B12 tested 6 months ago and that was normal as was CBC and thyroid.

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    I stopped taking all prescription and over the counter antacids as they happen to give me diarrhea, starting eating peppermint and works better than anything I have ever used medicinally.  Also for anxiety, soy lecithen granules works wonders. I have heard a lot of the women on here like the B 6, I have not tried this yet, but am going to.  Good luck on your journey! Hope you get some relief.
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    Hi Cheekygal,

    You're where I was this time last year, I thought I was going insane. first of all the omeprozole is one nasty drug, there worst part is coming off it because you get acid rebound. I came off it and switched to an anti inflammatory diet which cuts out averything acidic; No citrus, fizzy drinks, alcohol, dairy, grains etc. essentially I eat white meat, fish and veg. I was also on Diazepam which is also nasty, your body wants more of this as it is highly addictive, I came off it (with some difficulty as you are pretty anxious coming down) and now I'm back to normal if I stick to my diet. No more anxiety no more acidity; I also take omega 3, vit D3 and zinc,if you can face doing it naturally I would reccommend it. 

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      Hi Kerry

      I've been on omeprozole on and off for years with no problems, however I did stop it a few weeks back and this time yes the rebound was awful so went back on it.  I was taking magnesium and calcium but found the pills too big and they seemed to get stuck (oddly enough this was around same time as I started feeling so bad) I got the transdermal magnesium and Vit D spray 3000iu and while I thought the magnesium was helping, I was always aware of my heart racing, this has now stopped since starting the mirtazapine but I stopped using the magnesium and D3, so hard to tell if the tabs are helping, or if the latter was causing palpitations.  I would def prefer the natural route if I can find something to suit, I guess it is trial and error x

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    Hello Cheekygal,

    Last year I started to experience such episodes but also was waking up with a nausea feeling. I have gone for a thorough health check to make sure I was in good health as I was feeling terrible anxiety blips which sometimes lasted for 2 weeks at a time. Thankfully everything came back normal. The more research I have done I have discovered that when my hormones were out of sinc my episodes would flare up. Like you I was put on the same tablets and was told to take them first thing before I had any food. I do think they have helped me, at this time my sinus were also playing up and the GP said during this time of our hormone changes you may find your digestive playing up. When my hormones are in normal sinc I do not seem to suffer. I have learnt to change certain foods which I enjoyed which have triggered these flare ups. I have been taking "Busy B" which have 100mg of B6 and many other B vits in them and also take starflower and Menopol plus which helps with the anxiety. In the evening I then take a B6 only 100mg so the total I take for a day is 200mg and I am feeling really good!

    i have written down how at these times things have changed and when so that perhaps I can try and make changes for the future at these times. I have heard other ladies saying that eating little and often and to try and find things that help you relax. I have a glass of wine at night with my dinner and this helps me to relax and switch off. I don't take any anti depressants and would not like to. I hope you find something that will help to ease this for you. I am slowly understanding that during the peri we will experience many changes and sadly we will just have find ways to limit any discomfort and one thing my GP said to me only last week was that I must try and not over think that something sinister is going on. I told her that I have found this forum and she said it is very good and says there is very good advice on here from other ladies going through the same.xxsmile

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      HI Snatchpiece,

      I did try the Complete B50, but found they caused bladder pain, I used to be able to take them with no problems before, I mentioned this to the girl in shop, and she said she also got bladder pain but didn't realise the B vits were the cause.  I'm going to ask doc for B6, however not sure what strength they prescribe, may just be low dose, If that's the case then I will try a different brand.  I started taking evening primrose oil last year when flushing was really my only symptom and I don't really get them now. Is starflower similar to EP? It's the anxiety that's my main issue at the moment, not being able to do simple things like going to the shop for a pint of milk is really getting me down. Yeah I did read that digestive problems can be a menopause symptom.  Have you ever tried digestive enzymes? x

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      Hi Cheekgal,

      I was told that starflower oil capsules where better than EP and this is the only reason I keep taking it.  You say about the anxiety, I have found a tablet called Menopol plus (off simply supplements) which I take twice aday morning and early evening and have this really helpful.  If you gone the web site and read all of the reviews they came out at 4.5. Look at all of the ingredients to see what it covers and hopefully you may find it helpful. Also for anxiety there is another tablet called 5HTP which has good reviews.

      Last week i had a flat time (not as bad as previous times) and this is when I started to add the B6 only to my Busy B vits and I quickly started to feel more up beat again. So in a day I am now taking 200mg of B6 and certainly have been sleeping better again aswell which can only be a positive thing.

      Massive hugs to you sweetie! - Go and sit out in the sunshine and thats the best form Vit D that you can have and again is meant to be good for lowest. xxx

       

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      Hiya Snatch

      I checked out the starflower and you're right, the starflower is simialr to EP but stronger so to speak, like you could take one starflower to 2 EP.

      I have read about the 5HTP, but can't take them with mirtazapine for some reason.  I will have a look at the Menopol.  Thanks xx

       

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      Sorry I meant to say I read that any more than 100mg B6 can cause nerve damage, but other sites say that in meno some women need up to 300mg, so much conflicting information on the net, it gets confusing.  Also if I can find some sunshine I would sit in it, but I live in Scotland, lol! xx

       

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    And I just thought it was me  my reflux started with a very sore throat  of which the doctors couldn't find anything wrong but asked if I suffered with indegestion I was amazed in fact I didn't believe him so ages until I cut out lots of things from my diet and hey presto no reflux 
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      HI Scruffy

      Yeah certain foods do tend to make reflux worse.  I find mine is worse when I am anxious and also since I have developed that excess fat round my middle, it's not helping the fact the antidepressants I been on for 5 weeks cause increased appetite and weight gain, it's a vicious circle! x

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      When I first visited my GP back in Nov 12 with a lumpy throat feeling and he did a thorough check and said that this was down to anxiety and at the same time i told him that I was experiening digest issues and confirmed that the two were connected. I must say my throat soon got better once I knew it wasnt anything sinister which is another symtom of peri "doom and gloom" and quite often fearing the worst, which is exactly where my anxiety started from. Once I started to have acupunture the lady confirmed that the lumpy throat feeling was known as "plumb stone throat in chinese medicane and shown up when you were out of balance ie hormone in balances.  I have to be careful when I eat fatty food like Lamb, Pork and even Fish & Chips, foods which I used to enjoy as a treat.
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      Hi there. I know this post was over a year ago but it's the only one I've found which relates to me. I have started having severe sore throats. Sometime a dry tickle. I was diagnosed with non ulcer dyspepsia a few years ago. On lanzapromole atm and don't rly like taking them to b honest. I just wondered exactly what foods u cut out although I never have many spicy foods, tomato etc. I'm so fed up. Been having under arm and Breast pain too which have read some women have had a connection with the reflux. I'm 45 so I guess I could be peri menopausal so feel as though I'm going through the wars at the mo 🙀
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      Hi, first of all you may find that the lanzapromole is now causing the acid reflux because after you take these there is an acid rebound effect. But, you're quite right about food. I have atrophic gastritis and I have to avoid certain foods, I've refused medication because when I did some research I discovered it can make it worse. I avoid grains (particularly gluten) tomatoes, all dairy (except butter) alcohol and I keep sugar at an absolute minimum; it's essentially a high protien diet.The reason I believe this helps is because acidity can be due to dysbiosis (flora imbalance) basically your body pumps out acid to kill off the excess bacteria. if you eat less carbs you kill off the bacteria. I've given up on doctors although I see a specialist to have a fibroscopy every two years, just to make sure everything is OK in there! The diet is the only thing that has helped me, if I cheat I pay! You'd be amazed how many nice things there are to eat even in a restricted diet! Hope you feel better soon.      
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      Hi Kerry. Thankyou for your comments smile as I said sometimes I get it when I've eaten bland things. I'm not happy taking PPI. Could u possible gadvise me what foods to cut out please? I didn't realise about sugar or the carbs to be honest 🤔 Eould really appreciate any help u can give.

      Thankyou x

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      Hi Lisa, if the bland things are carbs then perhaps it is dysbiosis. Basically I cut my diet down to protein and vegetables, fish, meat , seafood etc (no potatoes, too starchy) and no processed foods as they always have added sugar. No Dairy, so no milk, yogurts, ice cream etc, no grains, no wheat, corn rice etc. No sugars and no artificial sweeteners. If you do this you will start to feel the benefits quite quickly, but you may need to do this for quite a while to repair the damage to your stomach and throat. 
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      Ok thanks Kerry. Sounds difficult to do when u have been used of eating those things for so long sad it's worth a try though as its getting worse and I know have only been taking PPI for a week but it's certainly no better. Probably more noticeable if anything 🙀 I will try hard thank u x
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      Maybe best to stop the lanzapromole then as I do feel a bit worse since having them. I don't understand why doctors have given them me if I have non ulcer dyspepsia 🤔 I just know it's horrible. I also get a slight irritated cough at times and the sore throats is on/off but nearly day at the moment sad I wasn't sure whether it could be hormones playing a part too as I think I maybe peri menopausal?

      Thanks for your help. I will read LPR and try and sort something out. As u say doctors r a waste of time 🙄 X

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      Hi snatchpiece, I had the lumpy throat or feeling something in it, I have not had the feeling for a while I don't think Anixetv can cause too, we all experiencing similar symptoms always waiting for something to happen nothing happen, hormones just trying to scare us, 
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