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Old 04-24-2005, 07:08 AM   #1
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Perimenopause and Stomach Troubles

I am 47 years old, and have a history of IBS. A few months ago I was having nausea, off and on, which prompted my doctor to do a complete set of blood tests, abdominal and pelvic CT scans, and an endoscopic ultrasound - all which were normal. She has kind of said that it could just be my IBS, but some of the symptoms I experience are different than any IBS symptoms that I have ever had. Now, after reading posts on this board, as well as the Digestive Disorders board, I think it's perimenopause! I have good and bad days. Not so much the nausea anymore, but I do have tremendous gurgling and gas in my stomach more days than not. My IBS is still acting up, too, and my doctor did say that hormones can wreak havoc with IBS. I have kept a journal of sorts, and it seems that the symptoms (gas, gurgling, fullness, frequent bowel movements) are worse 10 days after my period (ovulation?), lasting about 5 days, and then again 3-4 days before my period. So that doesn't leave many "good" days, does it?

Does anyone experience gas, and rumbling which is alleviated (for a while, at least) with eating? The only way I can describe it is the feeling I get when I haven't eaten for hours - except that I may have just eaten! I don't often get that "full" feeling that others talk of - mine is more a feeling of "needing to eat".

I'm so glad that these boards are here! I really think I am experiencing symptoms of perimenopause, which is comforting to know, I guess - considering the alternatives!

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Old 04-24-2005, 07:53 AM   #2
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Re: Perimenopause and Stomach Troubles

I have the stomach problems too, but always have (and they never found a cause, and chalked it up to nervous stomach, and finally IBS). Mine is a hurting in the middle upper portion of my stomach right under my breasts. Levsinex is the only thing they have ever given me that actually helps with this. Well, I am going through menopause and I am definitely experiencing the excessive gas and the gurgling sounds in my stomach. It gets to be quite embarrassing! I have freinds that mention having lots of gas too. Hope this helps a bit.

Old 04-24-2005, 08:52 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by smvdelv

Does anyone experience gas, and rumbling which is alleviated (for a while, at least) with eating? The only way I can describe it is the feeling I get when I haven't eaten for hours - except that I may have just eaten! I don't often get that "full" feeling that others talk of - mine is more a feeling of "needing to eat".
Hi smvdelv,
What you descibed is what I had when I first started to experience my peri-symptoms. My stomach would be gurgling a lot and making all kinds of noise even after I've eaten something. My stomach was hungry but I didn't feel hungry. Does this make sense? It's like my stomach wanted food and it wasn't full but I didn't feel like eating (no appetite). It was weird. I don't remember how long it lasted - maybe a month or so with me and then it went away. I remember mentioning this symptom and everyone tells me I'm just hungry and probably not eating enough - it wasn't the same as if I didn't eat for hours and my stomach is growling.

If all your tests came out normal, try to worry about it.


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Old 04-24-2005, 06:55 PM   #4
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Re: Perimenopause and Stomach Troubles

I, too, have had the tummy rumbles, gurgles, bloatedness, and gas. The area on my left side, right under my rib cage seems to have a life of its own. I believed it was nerves, but when I told my gyn and had a complete exam, I learned it was part of perimenopause. It's annoying and uncommfortable sometimes. My gyn said to take gas-ex. All a part of the hormonal changes! Lovely isn't it? Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of The Wisdom of Menopause has a whole chapter on the menopausal food plan and suggests decreasing your carbs and increasing protein to get rid of the gastritis, reflux, and indigestion. I haven't tried that yet, as I just learned a week ago, 2 months shy of turning 37 that I have entered a new "era" of my life. Still dealing with the shock and trying to educate myself.

Old 04-25-2005, 11:00 AM   #5
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I empathize with all of you as I too have had this in peri (I am 51) and it comes and goes. Last year from late Feb , all of March and on and off thru May it seemed there was some sort of digestive issue with gas, diarhhrea, etc and my stressing about it made it worse. The gyn and dr. both said that it can be more so at this time.

I didn't have any incident of it really for 8 or 9 months after that and then this year have had it a little on and off , more so last month. But it always frustrates me. The area under the rib cage but near the waist that one poster mentioned (mine is on the right though) would seem achy and I would get achiness on the right side of the waist , near the hip. Sometimes it radiated from the ovary on the right. I also have back problems and that aggravates everything in the pelvic area anyway so I have to remember that when I get stressed about it.

But yes, it does seem to be a universal problem with many of us and it sure helps to read others who have gone thru it.



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