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I get the worst heartburn before my period. Is this common?

I get the worst heartburn before my period. Is this common?

For some: Heartburn has a lot of different triggers. If you tend to get heartburn before menstrual cycles then it may be an atypical presentation of PMS. Consider seeing a GI specialist to discuss options for heartburn treatment ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more


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Is it possible I'm pregnant if I'm having cramping nausea nipple tenderness heartburn two days before my period?

Is it possible I'm pregnant if I'm having cramping nausea nipple tenderness heartburn two days before my period?

As long as you're...: ...sexually active, there is always a chance of pregnancy. No birth control method is entirely effective, except abstinence. Time to check a home pregnancy test-- ...Read more

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I'm switching from Omeprazole to Lansoprazole for GERD. Do I need a washout period or can start taking Lansoprazole immediately (i.e. the next day)?

I'm switching from Omeprazole to Lansoprazole for GERD. Do I need a washout period or can start taking Lansoprazole immediately (i.e. the next day)?

Take right away: These are chemical modifications of the same basic molecule with the same effect. You can effortlessly transition from one to the other without a washout needed. ...Read more

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I'm geting severe GERD since1month postpartum. Could it be hormonal? Now 3 months postpartum No period yet

Not hormonal: GERD is due to reflux of stomach acid and contents into the esophagus causing heartburn. It can be due to a lax esophageal sphincter or a hiatus hernia. Pregnancy often aggravates this as the stomach gets larger and increases pressure, or by obesity, or lying flat or tight belts such as seat belts, etc. It is best treated with a proton pump blocker such as Prilosec no large meals or at bedtime. ...Read more

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I have GERD hiatal hernia schatzki ring have had diation x3 in 6 mnth period what kinda surgery would help tired of all the pain?

I have GERD hiatal hernia schatzki ring have had diation x3 in 6 mnth period what kinda surgery would help tired of all the pain?

Schatzki ring: Dilation of your esophagus every 2 months times 3, and your symptoms persist, is concerning. You need more diagnostic testing, and a surgery consult in order to determine what option will be best for you. Barrett's changes, esophageal manometry, a contrast swallow study should be considered. Okay to ask your GI doc for a referral. ...Read more

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Why is my acid reflux and hot feelings so much worse during my period? I take pepcid (famotidine) ac for GeRD, but I've needed 2 doses a day during menstration.

Why is my acid reflux and hot feelings so much worse during my period? I take pepcid (famotidine) ac for GeRD, but I've needed 2 doses a day during menstration.

GERD: Female hormones can cause a relaxation of the valve between your stomach and esophagus. This is why GERD symptoms may worsen during your period. You might consider other stronger antacids at that time of the month. ...Read more

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Why do I usually feel GERD symptoms, acid reflux, breathless week or days before my period? Is it hormones

Why do I usually feel GERD symptoms, acid reflux, breathless week or days before my period? Is it hormones

Possibly: If it's at the exact same time in your cycle, then the answer is probably, yes. However, acid reflux isn't typically associated with menstrual cycles. Having said that, progesterone, which is high right before one's period can cause increased slowness in the GI tract, which can lead to acid reflux. As far as breathlessness is concerned, I would make sure with doctor that you don't have asthma ...Read more

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Schatzki ring hiatal hernia gerd-sphinter don't work had dialation x'3 in 6mth period last one was yesterday on meds am I candidate for fundilplcation

Schatzki ring hiatal hernia gerd-sphinter don't work had dialation x'3 in 6mth period last one was yesterday on meds am I candidate for fundilplcation

Not yet: The findings you describe warrant getting an esophageal manometery test to see how well the esophagus functions. If the schatzki ring is the cause of your problem then a fundollication may make it worse. First step would be the manometery. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pregnancy or GERD symptoms? My period came on jan 30- feb 5, it didn't come back on till march 4. I took home pregnancy test. It said no.

Pregnancy or GERD symptoms? My period came on jan 30- feb 5, it didn't come back on till march 4. I took home pregnancy test. It said no.

Not if negative: If the pregnancy test is negative and you repeated in 1 to 2 days and it still negative then you are not pregnant. You can then see your doctor to discuss gerd symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get nausea and dizzieness (morning sickness) a week or so before missed period? Not sure when I ovulate or is it caused by my gerd?

Is it possible to get nausea and dizzieness (morning sickness) a week or so before missed period? Not sure when I ovulate or is it caused by my gerd?

Both: Symptoms of pregnancy usually begins around 5-6 weeks of pregnancy. It is more likely that those symptoms are due to other causes. Occasionally women might be more far a long in their pregnancy that they think and in this event they can experience symptoms of pregnancy "early". ...Read more

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Few days after my period my GERD symptoms will trigger and will have rib and stomach pain. What to do? Is this normal to feel?

Few days after my period my GERD symptoms will trigger and will have rib and stomach pain. What to do? Is this normal to feel?

Contact your primary care provider first.: Contact your primary care provider first. It sounds like GI sensitivity, which often comes with periods. ...Read more

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Went to ER. Not pregnant but missed period twice. Was diagnosed with GERD and have been given Pepcid (famotidine). Does it have affect on menstrual cycle? And UTI?

Went to ER. Not pregnant but missed period twice. Was diagnosed with GERD and have been given Pepcid (famotidine). Does it have affect on menstrual cycle? And UTI?

Not known to do so.: Pepcid (famotidine) or any PPI is not known to affect menstrual cycles or interact with other medications that do. I am also not aware of them being associated with increase risk of UTIs. I would look into other medications that you may be taking and definitely follow up with your OB/GYN for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Late periods, never sex, I try to eat dates & vit C alot. I have GERD so taking losec 20mg & levopraid 25mg befor meal. How to induce periods? Help

Late periods, never sex, I try to eat dates & vit C alot. I have GERD so taking losec 20mg & levopraid 25mg befor meal. How to induce periods? Help

Irregular periods: You should see your doctor and get evaluated. It is not uncommon to have slight irregularity sometimes but if it has been occurring often then your physician can order some tests and may even consider prescribing pills if necessary. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can I do about heartburn and cramps 5 days before period due?

What can I do about heartburn and cramps 5 days before period due?

Premenstrual sx's: Consider NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get GYN eval to R/O underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or Black Cohosh with dr ok. Sipping Chamomile can dissipate pain. ...Read more

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Spotting 2 weeks before period & I've been leaking clear fluid randomly. I have heartburn, & my breasts fill full. What is the reason for my symptoms?

Spotting 2 weeks before period & I've been leaking clear fluid randomly. I have heartburn, & my breasts fill full. What is the reason for my symptoms?

GYN/medical: I suggest that you will need both a comprehensive GYN and medical examination with specific blood testing to answeryour questions. For the heartburn try OTC antacids and omperazole. ...Read more

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Nausea, gagging at times, low grade temp, tender/sore breasts, indigestion, fatigue, mood swings. 10 days before period is due.

Nausea, gagging at times, low grade temp, tender/sore breasts, indigestion, fatigue, mood swings. 10 days before period is due.

PremenstrualSyndrome: Your symptoms sound like PMS or premenstrual syndrome with quite significant symptoms. Please see your Gynecologist or Family Physician to discuss treatment options, Keep a menstrual symptom diary of your symptoms and how severe they are and what day your menses starts and finishes. There are many treatments available today. Go to www. Nih. Gov or www. Nccam. Nih. Gov for excellent information. ...Read more

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Yellowish discharge with a little pink discharge with mild cramps a week before period is due what could it be? Also had bad heart burn last night.

Yellowish discharge with a little pink discharge with mild cramps a week before period is due what could it be? Also had bad heart burn last night.

Could be:: It could be just normal changes in the vaginal discharge that can occur before the period starts, or it could be bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection, either can cause a yellowish, and pink-tinged discharge. If you have had new sexual partners or any risk of exposure to an std then that should definitely be checked for. I don't think the heart burn is related to the discharge or the upcoming. ...Read more

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Having heartburn whole day & night for the first time 1 week before expected period. Is this normal or should I be concerned? This is abnormal for me.

Having heartburn whole day & night for the first time 1 week before expected period. Is this normal or should I be concerned? This is abnormal for me.

Not concerning: If you are experiencing classic heart burns symptoms (burning sensation in mid chest, typically associated with a large fatty, meal, alcohol, lying recumbent, pregnancy) this can cause damage to the esophagus if severe and prolonged. However it is easily treatable with acid suppression medication. Pregnant women need to consult their doctors before starting any medication. ...Read more

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Need answers period was 2 weeks late light period major heartburn nothing is helping tried everything over-the-counter

Need answers period was 2 weeks late light period major heartburn nothing is helping tried everything over-the-counter

See GI: More than 60 million americans experience acid reflux at least once a month. Acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), can produce a variety of symptoms.
Heartburn. Also called acid indigestion, heartburn is a burning pain or discomfort that can move up from your stomach to the middle of your abdomen and chest. The pain can also move into your throat.
Regurgitatio. ...Read more

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Why do I have heartburn only during my period? It makes me feel sick and it's been going on for 2 months. What's wrong with me

Why do I have heartburn only during my period? It makes me feel sick and it's been going on for 2 months. What's wrong with me

Nothing: It is hormonal. The valve that stops the food from coming back up is highly affected by hormones and can act up during menses. Be extra careful with spicy food, caffeine, alcohol and eat less during that period. If not improved, you can take over the counter zantac (ranitidine) or Prilosec during that time. If not improved after that, see a garstroenterologist. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Indigestion (Definition)

Indigestion = Difficulty ...Read more