| | GERD problem hormonal??
I haven't really been diagnosed with GERD, but I've been having hearburn on and off (on alot lately) for the past 8 months.
I am a 41 year old female. I first got heartburn symptoms back in March of this year (I NEVER had heartburn in my life before this!). It came on so strong and sudden that I didn't know what to do. I saw my doctor and he told me to take Prilosec OTC for 2-4 weeks. I did as he instructed, as well as changing my diet (no more onions, garlic, alcohol). It really made a difference, but the heartburn still hung around.
Amazingly, it went away completely for a while (like a month). Then, it came back then went away again, etc. Well, now it's back really badly again. No matter what I eat, I have it (some days worse than others). I am currently taking Prilosec again for 2 weeks. Zantac wasn't strong enough.
My question is that it's awfully strange for someone like me, who never got heartburn in my life, to suddenly get it so badly at 41. I am still having regular periods, but they are getting closer together some months and lasting a full 7-8 days.
My heartburn is MUCH worse right before my period (and some during). Does anyone think GERD is brought on, in some cases, by the hormones of PMS or perimenopause?