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Old 03-19-2005, 08:31 PM   #1
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Digestive Problems a Symptom?

In reading through some of the symptoms of perimenopausethat were posted, I noticed digestive disturbances were mentioned in some of them. Does anyone know if this is a pretty common symptom? I have really been having some stomach problems - stomach pains, feeling full even after not eating much, gassy, no nausea but just a yucky feeling in the stomach, etc. I don't really like to take medicine but have tried some and nothing seems to help. I've been trying to go the natural route but as of yet haven't found anything that has seemed to help that way either. I'm sure some of it is just from worrying and nerves.
Any suggestions or ideas?
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Old 03-19-2005, 09:01 PM   #2
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Re: Digestive Problems a Symptom?

black cohosh is supposed to alleviate menopause symptoms, but im going with a progesterone cream first and make sure you take a good health food store multivitamin *not cheap drug store brand*

 
Old 03-19-2005, 09:29 PM   #3
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Re: Digestive Problems a Symptom?

Hi,

Your note sounds like me!! I am 50 and have had peri symptoms that have involved digestive disturbances more than anything really. In the 35 or so symptoms that I read on this board (there is a list somewhere on there) , first a year or so ago when I first started having some period irregularities, gastro symptoms are listed. It is always best to talk to you doctor of course about your symptoms.

My gyn and dr. both said that in peri the bowel can be more irritated and there is a book that was reacommended to me on this board called the Pause and it talks about each symptom. It talks about how we have estrogen receptors in the stomach and the hormone fluctuations cause us to have more of these problems. Gas seems to be a big symptom and if you do a search on this board of just that word alone you can see that a lot of people have this problem. I do also more so also and last year on and off for a few months it began for me with all of it. Then things calmed down and I just had minor peri symptoms, some irregularities with my period, more PMS but not as much the gas or yucky feeling for a good 8 or 9 months. Then it cropped up again this year.

It is not real pain for me, more twinges, or achiness and it is not real related to what I eat. I am due for my period at the moment, day 24 and so my PMS is rampant with feeling just a full feeling in the stomach, I think someone on here once described it as someone grabbing an area ...like a tight feeling. You are so right that nervousness and anxiety make things worse. I think it just tightens everything. But I understand how anxious one can get as I was very anxious last year during it all and also now that it has reappeared a bit this year after so long. Not too happy it cropped up again, but again from reading this board I know that it does happen.

Again any pain you are having you should tell your doctor about. But gastroinstestinal problems are a big symptom for many of us unfortunately.

I take Estroven , an herbal over the counter vitamin supplement, Vitamin B, a multi, calcium and acidophillous which is supposed to be good for our intestinal tract. It is found in yogurt but these are tablets that have more in it. I find drinking chamomile tea is calming and it is supposed to be so for the stomach also. Breathing deeply and trying to relax can help me at times and massaging my stomach. Right now it is more like it feels when I get cramps or am going too...just a tight feeling on the right side ,waist area and down and sometmes a bit above. I have read that a lot of women get this and that is something I try to keep remembering

Keep reading the posts and you will see you are not alone and hopefully that will help too. Your post helped me in fact to again read that this is something others are dealing with too. It just is always scary to me so I can relate believe me.

Take care.

rmc

 
Old 03-20-2005, 10:03 AM   #4
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A Doctor of Chinese Accupunture ( and she is also a gynocologist) told me that it is common for women to have intestional/digestive problems at peri and menopause.
She said diet is really improtant now to eliminate this. No cold foods, liitle meat ( hard to digest). She said warm soothing foods- cooked-streamed vegetables, fish ( easier to digest- but not to much), soups, broths. Also no dairy at all if possible, but soy to make up for it. Soy in any form is good- drinkable or edible. I usually eat like this and I have had no problems with my stomach but friends at this stage are always complaining about stomach problems.
Basically you want to eat a diet that "nurishes" your body and blood, not one that assualts it, like most of the food we eat in this country. Also eliminating these foods even if you do it in the short term, will benefit weight loss too- so there is two pros on why to eat better now.

 
Old 03-20-2005, 12:03 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info armadillo pie, it sounsd like very good advice and also confirms that it is common to have disturbances at this time.

rmc

 
Old 03-20-2005, 04:03 PM   #6
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Re: Digestive Problems a Symptom?

Thanks for everyone's input! I was checked out by a gastro dr. - had an endoscopy and colonoscopy and they were both fine. He just told me I had a hiatal hernia. That's why I wondered if it could be hormone related. I am trying to cut out dairy too - that's hard cause I love cheese! But I am working on eating better. It helps to know others are experiencing similar symptoms.

 
Old 03-21-2005, 11:01 AM   #7
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I'm 50 and every since around age 45, I have had a lot of gas and really bad constipation. I've started taking Citrucil for regularity, so I'll see how that goes.

I was taking Cascara Sagrada, but I seem to be getting diarrhea from that.

They say a bulk fiber helps keep you regular and is good for IBS, both the kind with diarrhea and constipation. But I definitely have noticed problems with my digestive tract.

 
Old 03-27-2005, 11:20 PM   #8
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Re: Digestive Problems a Symptom?

Slightly different to stomach problems, but in the digestion area, I've developed silent reflux, which at times drives me mad. I now take apple cider vinegar which has helped immensely. I take 1 tsp with water before breakfast, and can increase that to another before lunch and one mid afternoon. I have however become aware that when I get stressed, which is pretty often for a menopausal woman!! that it gets much worse.

So I plan on going to a naturpath in the next few weeks to get some help with it. Also to sort out the supplements I take and my ongoing iron problems.

Jude

 
Old 03-28-2005, 10:46 AM   #9
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Re: Digestive Problems a Symptom?

Judenz,

I have heard about the cider vinegar too for that very purpose. I also agree that when we stress everything gets worse digestion wise and intestinal wise.

I too have thought of going to a naturopath and need to find a recommendation for our area. When you go to yours it would be interesting for you to post what she /or he recommends for these situations.

rmc

 
Old 11-26-2005, 07:12 PM   #10
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I get alot of gas and have terrible constipation issues. Sometimes metamucul works and sometimes it dont than got alot of gas tried citracle at one pilll a day and nothing. THings feel like they are going in circles in me like sea sickness, like my intestines dont know which way to go. any suggestions? I am miserable. Doc said thyroid can do this-but thyroid tested ok. stumped

 
Old 12-04-2005, 10:13 PM   #11
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Re: Digestive Problems a Symptom?

In January I started having terrible pain in chest, of course went to er for heart attack and diagnosed with acid reflux. This was just the another notch in my belt of symptoms that I have developed over the past year, it is very interesting to find out that other women with peri have digestion problems, honestly it just reaffirms that what is wrong with me is peri because of course my doctor doesnt agree, tells me i am just worrying about everything and should be worried about nothing

this board is great!!

 
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