Exercise Making GERD Worse

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pinch weasel
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   Posted 7/13/2011 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I never noticed it for years that what I felt during and after exercising was acid reflux and not dry throat. I mistook acid burning up my esophagus and into my throat as excessive thirst. After 16 years of cardiovascular 40 minute workouts on my treadmill I found out this feeling was GERD and that I have esophagitis, a hiatal hernia, and gastritis. It got so bad that I could barely eat anything and lost to much weight, I had to stop exercising. This along with Protonixmand diet changes got my GERD under control.

Then I started exercising and it all started to come back again. Has this happened to anyone else? What exercises should I be doing that won't make my GERD worse?


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   Posted 7/13/2011 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Anything that doesn't cause jarring, turning upside down, laying flat, or straining with the abdominal muscles.

Also make sure you don't eat less than two hours before.

pinch weasel
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   Posted 7/13/2011 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, so it may be the abdominal crunches I do before walking on the treadmill. I will stop doing those and just hop on the treadmill instead. And I always make sure there is a minimum of 2 hours in between eating and working out. Thanks so much for the information Joy!


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   Posted 7/14/2011 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to do swimming before I got GERD and LPRD but now, its impossible!

Im hoping to get operated at the end of this year or some time ar the beggining of 2012...but I still have the manometry and phmetry pending, docs say they would call me for it but Im still waiting.

I hope if I get the Nissen or the LINX device I would be able to go to the gym. I think the LINX device would give less problems for sports and gym, if not any at all.

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   Posted 7/14/2011 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I would definitely just try the walking (not running, too jarring) and skip the crunches, see if it helps. Maybe you will have to walk at a more moderate pace, if you are speed walking? At least with walking you are upright, but the speed might be a factor too?
I read an article that some people pre-treat before exercise by taking an H2 or PPI.  I have no personal experience with this though.  Maybe your GI Dr. can advise you on that?
I'm relatively newly diagnosed so I'm just basing these things on articles I have read.  It appears exercise induced GERD can be a problem for many.
Good luck!
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