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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Chest Diseases

Question: Allergic Reaction?

 thejaxter - Wed Mar 26, 2003 4:44 pm

I am a healthy 22 yr old woman. Last night I drank a bottle of water with freshly squeezed lemon in it. About an hour later I had really bad tightness in my chest and almost like indigestion. I didn't eat or drink anything else out of the ordinary. I have felt this way once before when I drank peach schnapps. The only med I am on is Birth control. I have just gotten over my cold, the bad part was over about 9 days ago, but the cough is finally gone. And then this morning I got my period three weeks early. I don't know if that has any corrulation. Any ideas?
 DeLWolcott - Wed Oct 05, 2005 9:53 am

See your physician for possible acid reflux, which very well could be exacerbated by consumption of acidic and/or alcoholic products. Your recent illness could cause the irregularity of your period. Which brings me to a nosey question...what time frame do your cycles extend? Normal is 28 days, 21-24 days period-free and 4+ days for period. If you were 3 weeks early, exactly when did your last period conclude?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sat Jul 26, 2008 9:45 pm

User avatar Hello -

What this suggests to me is an episode of heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux) aggravated by water with citric acid in it. This is actually classic for GERD. Of course the peach schnappes could do the same thing, especially if you're inclined toward GERD or actually have it but don't routinely have such severe episodes.

Try something like Tums if this happens again. If it helps, you probably should be taking a medication dedicated to treating GERD, such as Prilosec, Nexium, etc.

I see no relation between this and your early period, something that does happen from time to time. If it keeps happening you may want to see a gynocologist about it, but if it's a one-time thing I'd just blame it on the law of averages.

Hope this helps. Good luck to you.

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