Exercise induced GERD

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   Posted 12/22/2011 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I have an issue with this and recently I started jogging/running instead of walking like I usually do. The only thing is my GERD gets really bad, i get severe heartburn that radiates up in to my shoulder blades, nauseated, fatigued and just not feeling well. Strange that when you try to take care of yourself you end up feeling lousy. I take a zegerid and I don't eat before working out but is this something I will have to live with or is there any other remedy for this?

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   Posted 12/22/2011 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Tinlou,

I am also a runner and the acid reflux episodes I was getting while running were alleviated with weight loss. Also, I don't eat for at least 2 hours before I run.

I also remember reading (I can't find the article now) that a lot of professional runners have GERD because of the running, so maybe for some there's nothing to be done besides avoiding that type of cardio. I have read that a stationary bike still gives you the cardio you need while not jostling your insides too much :)

Good luck!

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   Posted 12/23/2011 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't run but I ride a bicycle. My reflux turned to heart burn when I rode hard and exerted myself. I had a TIF last April and noticed some reflux when I rode hard. My surgeon said that many people get reflux when they exercise. He said that he gets heart burn when he lifts weights.

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   Posted 12/23/2011 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I weight-lift and have noticed that nothing gives me heartburn except bench-press, and then only when using a barbell (and not when using dumbbells). Today was the first time that barbell bench press didn't give me heartburn, I have no idea why and was amazed...it has been that strong cause-effect in the past.

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   Posted 12/24/2011 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Any type of weight lifting also brings on symptoms, even dumbbells and stomach crunches. I put two and two together myself when I noticed that the days I went to the gym I would end up feeling lousy a bit afterwards. So irritating though but I refuse to stop exercising because of it.
Thanks for the info everyone!
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