Ambers, I have that same thing - extreme shortness of breath, heart palpitations, tachycardia, etc. I have been to the ER twice complaining of a heart attack.
I had GERD 8 years ago and it went away, but it came back this year thanks to body building. I had several EKGs, blood tests and an upper GI that showed inflammation in my esophagus and my duodenum. So now I'm on Aciphex again.
I know for certain what brought this on was the heavy weight lifting. I have been doing weight lifting for the past year and I could feel myself progressively get worse, to the point where the reflux caused tachycardia and fainting spells immediately after working out.
The 450lb deadlifts and weighted ab crunches was the culprit. I was doing 75lb curls with one arm, now I cannot even lift 20lb without getting sick. I can't do anything. I have heart palpitations shortness of breath, bloating and stomach pain 24/7 now.
Hope this aciphex helps undo some of the damage.
Hi! I am new to the forum. I have had GERD for the last couple of years. Only recently, have I had to start getting my esophagus streatched twice a year.
I think your question is an interesting one. I need to loose a few pounds (20), and was starting to incorporate weight lifting in my workouts. I do get bad reflux at night. I have even cut down on how much food I eat for supper, which is very little... thinking that my lunch would be digested by the time I go to bed. No way! It is very frustrating! Still, the cardio is working well, and I guess I will have to stick with that.
pkhughes, I would definitely talk to your doctor about lifting the weights considering that you have a hiatal hernia. I don't know how large your hernia is, but a hernia can strangulate which could mean you might have to have an emergency surgery.