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The Causes and Treatment of PMSAlthough there has not been established an exact cause or causes of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), it has been linked to the luteal phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle. We do know that PMS appears to be more common among identical twin girls, and those women with a family history of PMS or those who suffer from depression or are bipolar.

It may be that genetic factors play a role in who develops PMS. Some scientists say that the central-nervous-system neurotransmitter interactions with the monthly hormones put out by the reproductive system may also play a role in PMS, particularly PMS is thought to be linked to the activity of serotonin which is a neurotransmitter within the brain. Studies show that up to 40% of women who have PMS, also have a significant decline in the circulating serum levels of beta-endorphin. Beta-endorphin is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter.

Once a female is diagnosed with PMS a treatment plan can be developed. There are many treatments that have been deemed to be effective for the relief of PMS symptoms. Treatment is usually a combination of dietary changes, SSRIs, Hormone intervention, and supportive therapy.

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There Can Be Complications from Acid RefluxAs if acid reflux wasn’t bad enough, now you tell me there could be complications from acid reflux, say it isn’t so! Yes, there are complications individuals can suffer when they have acid reflux, especially if they have untreated acid reflux.

If you have frequent or persistent heartburn or indigestion, chest pain or you bring up stomach contents including acid up your throat or into your mouth you may have undiagnosed acid reflux. If you notice these symptoms see your doctor.

Undiagnosed acid reflux can lead to untreated acid reflux which can aggravate or create complications from acid reflux including erosive esophagitis which is severe inflammation of the esophagus, severe narrowing of the esophagus also called stricture of the esophagus, Barrett’s esophagus and acid can also cause irritation and problems with your teeth, throat, and the airways leading to your lungs.

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