Perimenopause/Menopause and shortness of breath/chest tightness/ Belching

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Anyone have the symptoms of shortness of breath with chest tightness, (air hunger) with lots of belching after eating? If so please describe... And does it get better? Mine started like 3 weeks ago and it's awful feels like i can't get a deep enough breath.

I'm also experiencing food allergies/sensitivities also to soaps and flowers and different smells, all make me choke/ cough and feels like chest tightness. Never ever have I had asthma in my life but feels like it now! My anxiety/ panic attacks are bad, antibodies are high for rheumatoid arthritis, and hashimotos, just don't know how to deal with all these new symptoms that keep getting thrown at me other than to sit and cry, cry cry! Anyone else having similar issues??? Are these symptoms all consistent with the menopause change??

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    Yes my love have and still have those symptoms

    I was ten years in peri and I am now 13 months without a period so officially in menopause

    I would like to say I feel better but I don't

    The symptoms you mention are awful I've had two upper endoscopy and although they found a small stomach nodule the consultant insists it is not causing my stomach issues

    I also get frequent nausea and bloating

    I'm 50 in September and this just needs to end

    I've also been told I need surgery to remove a thyroid nodule as biopsy showed changes so on top of all the crappy symtoms I'm due surgery anytime

    I know how scarey this breathless chest eating thing is

    When it first started for me ten years ago at the start of peri I lost a load of weight I was scared to eat

    Then health anxiety kicked in and I was convinced I was dying felt so ill

    I'm sure you will get great advice from all the ladies here

    They are truly a God send

    Sending hugs x

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      Hi Michelle,

      Yes the stomach bloating/ issues are awful! I just feel like some days are just to much to cope, these peri/memo symptoms can be of the chart I tell ya!!

      So sorry you have that nodule on thyroid, and have to go through a surgery , good luck and feel better soon! I had 2 nodules this time last year not on my thyroid but on top side and backside of finger joints, and they went away all on their own, that I was amazed, was wondering why are these shrinking until gone completely. I read on doctor google that peri can bring them on and that they can disappear. Hugs to you...

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      This is an amazing form, I've been going through what I like to just call it what it is. MENOPAUSE. I'm not really digging this peri on the front of it, the faster I've come to terms with what it actually is, it's made the change easier to deal with. 

      My changes started when I turned 42, suddenly I had heart palpitations, and anxiety, for aprox 4 years straight, after time I got use to them, after a doctor's apt to make sure I wasn't dying..then as suddenly as they started they stopped, and I was ok for about 2 years, then other strange things started to change, when I was snowboarding one day, I was going down a run and I lost my breath, and started to see spots, felt light headed and had to sit down for about 10-15 mins, it passed, but it happened a few more times during the boarding season, during this time from about the age of 42 to 45 I was just HOT all the time, not flushes just hot always, got use to that too over time, but it went away also. Then when I was 47, I had a major episode, anxiety, weight gain, loss of Libido, lost a tone of hair, nails became brittle and cracked, bad breath, dry skin, dry eyes, loss of sense of smell, head aches, even migraines, periods became shorter, lighter and closer together. I thought that was bad, then all hell broke loose, I missed a period, then started to have light bleeding every day for a month, then the MEGA period came, Clots the size of a golf ball, heavy bleeding for 21 days straight, then my periods were just erratic for a year, but mostly heavy bleeding, some times for 7-15 days, then over a year it calmed down, but then other symptoms arrived, the heavy chest feeling, massive bloating, gas pains, strange electrical sensations in my legs, arms, neck, loss of muscle, major anxiety attacks, (Adivan, works good for that). The inability to deal with any stress, or emotional situation, feelings of doom, depression, crying for NO reason at all. When you start to see the physical changes along with the hormonal changes, it's really quite stressful, there is so much changing so quickly it becomes overwhelming and that adds to the stress and anxiety when can make the symptoms worse, the best thing I can offer is just try to simplify your life, clean house, of all things that don't bring you joy or happiness, meditate every morning before you get out of bed just after you wake up, be mindful of your breathing, during menopause women tend to either hold their breath, or squeeze in their bloated tummy's..which causes one to hold their breath. try to eat clean, make time for you, drink TONES of water, and move your bod for 15-20 mins every day walking is amazing..and when weird stuff happens to your body be aware of it, but don't stress about it too much, the more you resist it, the worse it makes the symptoms..be kind to yourself, and just know it's like child birth it's so awful and painful that right after it's all over, it will be like it never happened..LOL..

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      Wow!! thank you for sharing all of this! Such a ride! A question for you, I'm experiencing the heavy chest feeling, kind of like there's a 10 lb weight constantly sitting on my chest. You mentioned that chest heaviness in your above message. Mine seems to be lasting non-stop for like a month. What was your experience with it? Mine seems to be lasting non-stop for like a month. What was your experience with it? Thank you!!

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      Hello...I am still experiencing some of those issues. I have tightness around neck and chest and swallowing can feel like lump in my throat. I have had lots of tests and nothing. In 2 weeks having an endoscopy. It's been 8 weeks now.

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      Thanks for sharing, Cheryl. Some days I just get so frustrated and tired with all of this stuff going on in my body. I decided to go in and see a doctor, which I rarely do, just to get my lungs checked out.

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      Hi there! for the past year, I've had issues with taking in deep breaths, have had an X-Ray, CT Scan on my lungs and they couldn't find anything. Then last week I woke up in the middle of the night feeling as though I was being choked and couldn't breathe. this has been going on every night since and instead of looking forward to going to bed, I dread it because this throat issue is keeping me from getting quality sleep. I saw a doctor yesterday and he thinks it could be sleep apnea and referred me to a pulmonary specialist. Cheryl489, were the doctors able to find anything with your endoscopy? This is terrifying. it seems like there is something new each month to deal with and it's tiring! I want so much to feel normal again!

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      By the way, I'm 50 and still having periods. I saw my OB/GYN earlier this month, she checked my hormones and said they were normal! ugh!

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    Gypsy,

       The air hunger that you describe is definately a symptom of menopause.  Our entire body changes and yes, women can have allergies/sensitivities/arthritis pains and anxiety.   These are all very normal reactions.  

       I'm sorry and wish there was something more to offer.  Some women have seen improvement with HRT.  But also those who struggle with replacement.  So hang in there, not sure if these symtoms will go away.  Typically women simply discribe that they problems continue to change over time.  Not sure if you are menopausal from your title, but am assuming you are skipping periods, yet not a full year past your last period.  

     

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      Hi Gailannie,

      I did figure the air hunger breathlessness was a symptom of peri/meno, Thank you for confirming!

      I just love to read about all the good advice and knowledge you offer on this forum to all these ladies who are struggling everyday with these awful symptoms! You are very knowledgeable and much appreciated!

      Also may I say with all your knowledge if you don't already blog about it on the internet about peri/memo , then you should, I believe that is your calling!!! Take care, and big hugs....

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      Thank you for your kind words. I'm certainly happy to offer my experience, years of study & research.

      None of this is easy. And for some, like me, not even replacement therapy is easy.

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      Hi Gailannie

      I definately agree with Gypsy, you are so knowledgable with peri. I too have been having the shortness of breath,I guess you would call it chest tightness, the best way to describe it would be it feels like something is sitting in my chest and i feel the lump feeling in throat. While moving around, I get tired quickly whereas my body begin to feel weak and off balance with the shortness of breath ,chest feeling and heart palpitation. This brings on the anxiety. The chest hurts sometimes. I do have gerd also, i dont know if gerd is contributing or what? But this has slowed me down where im at the point where i cant do much. I have seen cardiologist and lung specialist , all check ok. This breathing issue and chest feeling has been going on for about 3 weeks now. The palpitaions have been going on for months, at first lightly but now its ongoing. A few days ago I also had a cardiac blood test done to check for blood clots , it was fine. I know that my progesterone level is at 0.4 . One of the ladies mentioned iron level could be low. Well my rbc and hemoglumin are fine. As far as the iron itself ferritin and iron saturation i havent gotten it checked since months ago and at that time they were extremely low. What are your views on all this?

      May I add, when stomach is bloated the symptons are worse.

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      Hi Mary,

         I'm sorry I won't have much to offer.  Did your doctor recommend anything to bring your iron levels up?  Low iron levels can make you very tired.  

      I also had heart palps in peri.  They can be frightening, but they did go away.  What's important to remember, is that during this peri stage (considered a 10 yr transition) your hormone levels can be bouncing. Over producing on one day, under producing the next.  Since ALL our hormone systems are interconnected, this can lead to some very strange symptoms.   When we feel all these strange sensations, it can be an over expression of certain hormones in relationship to others.  

         I did try BCP and bio identical hormones in peri.  They all made me feel worse.  I finally went back to my own system and had to ride it out for awhile.  But then I did fine with slowly dwindling periods until they stopped.  

         We are so used to hearing about the night sweats and hot flashes that we forget there are a untold amount of strange symptoms as our systems are slowly changing. None of it is fun, or easy.  

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      I just had to say I'm so pleased to hear you say that it's not just about the night sweats and flushes...that's my biggest frustration that apart from this group there doesnt seem to be any public info about all of the other multiple symptoms and strangly one of the worst anxiety! (Incl medical field) all the stuff you read on internet etc or you hear get spoken about (apart from here) are only a few of our issues. If it wasn't for this forum I really do think we all would think we are going crazy!

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      Hi Katherine..how are you getting on? Im sorry i know its been 4 months since you posted but somehow I must have missed your post. I hope you are feeling better with your symptoms. As for me, my symptoms come and goes but thw heart palpitations seem more frequent now and the air hunger. Hope things are better on your end.😊

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      Hi Mary,

      I know you wrote this a month ago but I've just picked up on this thread. I'm suffering a lot with the chest tightness and air hunger the past week along with palpitations. I've been on a low dose of HRT for almost 3 weeks now. Has it got better for you?

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