Indigestion and Bloating During Menopause – How to Get Relief

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I hate the fact that I can’t have coffee, tomatoes, spicy food or a glass of wine every now and then. I am very health conscious and follow mostly a vegetarian diet with the occasional “fish” treat but the fact that I have food restrictions doesn’t sit well with me, especially if we’re talking about foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits which are so delicious and good for you. I know that I should not be eating late at night and should only have small meals but I’m human and sometimes I crave these foods and want to have them but boy, do I suffer the consequences! Last night for instance I had some bean chili with mixed greens and a touch of yogurt and that was it. The bloating sensation, nausea and headache started almost instantly and lasted throughout the night and have not subsided even in the morning.

But STILL I have problems. Now, there’s just one other thing that I would like to talk about here.

It is very hard and I feel that people who say “it’s just heartburn” are very ignorant. This is a lifestyle on it’s own. Most of the time I can’t breath properly because the acid reaches up to my nose.

More than 10 major medical organizations endorse hormone therapy as the best treatment for menopausal symptoms. Bioidentical hormone therapy is known to offer the safe and effective outcomes because of their structural match to human endogenous hormones. You don’t have to suffer with any one of these 34 symptoms of menopause.

Sugar located foods often contribute to the growth of this bacterium. By contrast, weight gain will come on and stay. Weight gain often happens during menopause as a result of the metabolism slowing and can occur with or without bloating. Weight gain alone does not cause the stomach to distend during the day. Estrogen is a key hormone for maintaining bone density.

That part of the plan is the most difficult. Being a mother of five young children and a working mother (I’m an RN) on shift work makes a routine lifestyle impossible.

As a result of this, the ovaries start to make less estrogen. The hormones don’t stop all at once though; they fluctuate quite a bit leading up to menopause. These fluctuations in hormone levels cause various symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, hair loss, and more. Short-term hormone therapy is quite effective in treating hot flashes. Doctors try to prescribe the lowest dose of estrogen that effectively relieves symptoms.

Practice this technique twice a day for 15 minutes. You can also use paced respiration whenever you feel a hot flash coming on. Stress-relief techniques and biofeedback may also be of some benefit.

Dealing with the symptoms of menopause

So it seems that the low estrogen levels involved in the menopause transition is an important factor in the development of depression in some women but does fully explain the increased risk for depression in this population. Moreover, these data indicate a window of opportunity for estradiol’s antidepressant effects, with women with perimenopausal but not postmenopausal depression responding to estrogen therapy (Box 5). There may also be significant environmental stressors present at the time that a woman reaches menopause. During midlife, a woman may be faced with changes in her marriage and family structure, with children no longer living in the home. She may experience changes in her career path, possibly returning to work or retiring.

I have anxiety about going to bed because I have woken up many nights with rapid heart rates, bloating, gas, pain. I know that there are people suffering worse illnesses than me but I sometimes I just can’t help but get really down about it.

Getting Started

With a sore tummy, painful to eat or drink, and constant heartburn, I had gone back to the doctor several times. He told me I had a virus. Finally, I told him I feel silly about complaining, but I have constant headaches, stomach aches, a hard time eating and drinking, and a lack of general energy. I am 63 yrs old and 8 months ago I started having problems with swallowing. I could not even drink liquids, consequently I lost over 40 lbs in a period of 4 months.

Measure your waistline regularly and try to prevent any increase. As your waist size grows, so does your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Walking, swimming, or other aerobic exercise is your best bet because it helps prevent accumulation of fat at the waistline. Although weight gain is a significant issue for a lot of women in this age group, there’s no clear evidence that it’s a direct result of hormone changes or even age.

In 2009, I was managing our family business. I’m such a workaholic.


I was told to follow up with my primary care doctor and get treatment. She put me on a proton pump inhibitor and I can’t tell you how amazing it was – I took the first pill, and that night for the first time in years I didn’t have heartburn! She told me I’d probably need to be on PPIs the rest of my life if I didn’t want the heartburn to come back.

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