Are sport activities with GERD possible?

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   Posted 2/27/2010 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have Gerd 5 months now. Prior to this I had it for about 5 years, I think it was caused by my weighlifting... although I was negative on helicob. pylori the doc gave me the triple therapy after one moonth pantoprazol therapy (with minor succes). The triple therapy was very good and afterwards I felt that I was healthy again. But it took some time to recover completly, to put behind the fear of sleeping with no eleveting pilow, or the fear of going back to the gym... after 3-4 months it was all behind me and I started with jogging, than later with weighlifting until october 2009 when it started all over again sad

Now, I can't lift weights beyond 10-15kg and I can't jogg neither. The simptoms afterwards are very interesting. I can lift weights, and don't have problems while I'm doing it.. even tomorow everything is still ok, but the next day it starts easy with waking up at 6am skull , feeling bad the whole day and than it last for another 2 days. The same is with jogging, although the symptomes are lighter.

So, I wanted to share my personal expirience and some research that I found on the google when it comes to this problem... It seems that cycling is a good alternative for us gerd-doomed people scool didn't tried it yet and can't wait to test it in spring time. Doctors say that vigorous exercises like running or jumping are not good for acid reflux. Cycling is a more stationery exercise.

They also say that drinking a lot of water prior and during the exercise has a preventing efect. Maybe mineral water (magnesium rich) is also a good alternative, who knows...

Suma sumarum, I think that sport activities are possible with this disease, although sport in a very easy and light manner...

I would also like to hear your storys and expiriences... smurf

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   Posted 2/27/2010 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   

I personally believe, based on experience and study, that walking has to be one of the finest exercises around. I have osteoarthritis as well as not being able to do weight training or Body Pump type exercises so for myself walking is the best. It is the one exercise that most people of any age can do.

As a general, all-purpose exercise, walking IS one of the best. After all, it can...
Help improve general health through a multitude of beneficial results
Improve heart and lung strength, efficiency, and capacity
Improve the efficiency of the body's immune system
Reduce stress
Improve the overall emotional condition
Increase energy
Delay some effects of the aging process
Help maintain muscle tone and balance
Help prevent osteoporosis
Assist in the control of diabetes.
I know that many people choose their own form of exercise and IMHO doing something is a good whatever works for each person is what they should do.

Hope you are able to continue your strength training with your weights.



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   Posted 3/1/2010 4:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt.... walking sound like an good alternative too. I also forgat Yoga, isn't quit a sport but has a gimnastic nature. They say it's very beneficial for the breathing technique it incorporates.

I think walking is gonna work because the usual walk relaxes me.

One good link on this problem:

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   Posted 3/1/2010 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I liked your link and have saved it, thank you. You are so right about Yoga. I hope things work out well for you.



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   Posted 3/1/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Watch out for "downward dog". Being bent over like that can cause reflux.


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   Posted 3/1/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kostner,
The main thing with exercising and GERD is to be sure to exercise on an empty stomach. If you exercise after eating, you'll definitely get lots of symptoms. It's annoying to have to exercise around your eating schedule, but it'll make a big difference.
Happy exercising!

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   Posted 3/2/2010 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Dencha beat me to it. Always exercise on an empty stomach. Also, in my case if I aggressively lift weights with my hiatal hernia, I will definitely feel it the next 2-3 days. No chest presses or sit-ups. :(
I love running but have found an alternative with new fangled, mostly stationary eliptical. I will try some light running in the spring again, but so far that has been iffy. MM

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   Posted 3/4/2010 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   


Your problems sound similar to mine.  Have had acid reflux for about 10 years now (I am 28).  Working out to hard definitly is the biggest contributor to it.  If I stopped working out I would never have any problems with it, but on the flip side my body would be unattractive.  What I have learned to do is lift light to medium weights and stick with the bike for cardio.  I never work out two days in a row because that seems to help.  I get in and out of the gym 15 minutes of lifting (non heavy weights) and 15 minutes on the bike every other day.  I still have problems from time to time with acid reflux but this limits it.

As far as foods go I can get heartburn, but is a different type feeling than what is caused by the exercise.  Proton pump gerd peels help if I eat spicey foods or drink beer (beer just recently started giving me bad heart burn) liquor doesnt bother me.  For the exercise induced gerd I drink aloe vera straight.  It doesnt work instantly but over a day or so it helps. 

I do think one of the biggest problems with Gerd is the stress that it brings on.  I noticed with myself that when it kicked in I would be stressed that it wasnt going away and it would constantly be on my mind.  I can honestly say that stressing about it makes it worse and stays around longer.  I can always get rid of my gerd by going out and hitting the town and relaxing with some drinks (liquor)  It relaxes you and the problem goes away.  Works everytime.  Wake up the next day with a bit of a hangover but no gerd.  Thats why I think the stress is a big factor.  The exersice causes it and the stress intensifies it.

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   Posted 3/5/2010 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
MinesottaMark and Carson my simptoms are similar to that what you described and I your advices are realy good, especialy that with lifting light weights, I think that's gonna work for a long time period... and the bike of course.

I also have a resime of all the tips, and some personal advices:

- working out on empty stomach

- drinking lot water before and during exercises (not cold but mild or warm water)

- maximum 20 min training

- slow warm up moves

- The mental part: Be always aware of the fact that you are not 100% healthy, so don't push yourself. This is very importent I think. See your limited training as a blesing and oportunity to cross new bridges... walking, jogging, cycling, yoga, thai chi.

- generaly, try to make 18-19h final meal time for the day

carson a advice for you, I found out that lifting weights while standing is in our case better than sitting or lying because the pressure that is absorbed by the back and legs. So for example deadlifts work very well in my case. I can almost feel the pressure on my bones, knees and the back. On other hand, exercises like sit ups or pull ups where the only pressure comes from inside are taboo for me.
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