Anyone Ever Told a Root Cause?

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   Posted 10/2/2005 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems to me that the doctors should be able to answer a few questions about acid reflux.....I get blank looks a lot and different answers depending on which doctor, nurse, or pharmacist I happen to be talking to!!
I know beyond a doubt my problems started when I took 5 rounds of antibiotics in 3-4 months.  I had heartburn for the FIRST time in my life.  I cried!!  The pain was that intense.  I called my doctor and she was like, yeah, take some zantac, of course you will get heartburn with antibiotics.  Now two years later.....I feel like I am playing a game.  My general practitioner and digestive disease specialist just send me back and forth...When one can't figure it out, he tells me to go see the other.  So .....I basically medicate on my own.  Frustrating. 
What kinds of reasons have your doctors given you for having this mess in the first place?  I know if I keep going to the doctors and THEY keep failing to find out what is wrong, it will all of a sudden be labeled "stress" on my part!! Ugh!! 
My husband thinks I need to get up earlier and exercise.  Would that help or should I just slap him?

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   Posted 10/2/2005 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
You think exercise will help the acid reflux? I am not overweight at all. But....I am willing to try anything. And he actually likes to he will gladly go with me. I am the stick in the mud.

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   Posted 10/2/2005 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hearty,
   I have never gotten a root cause from my dr., but I do think exercise helps w/reflux.  Prior to my other health conditions, I use to exercise 7 days a week, twice a day.  I hardly noticed any reflux problems, but also watched food intake.  I really noticed reflux improvement w/specific Yoga exercises for digestion.
I also think your hubby should exercise with you since he likes exercising.  Good luck! yeah Let us know how is working.

Post Edited (VV) : 10/2/2005 10:35:33 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/3/2005 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi hearty and Vanessa

I have recently started exercising after a long break.I don't exercise by putting more stress on my body when I'm in pain.As for yoga,I love yoga but find the postures that involve bending down just serve to force acid up where it shouldn't be.I just stick to the standing stretch ones.I do try to do some deep breathing whenever i think of it--this definitely helps with reflux.Long walks are also very beneficial and seem to help with speed of digestion.Everyone has to find the right exercise for them.Is it Hatha hoga you do Vanessa--i'd be interested to know which postures you find are best for digestion.


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   Posted 10/3/2005 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I've heard that exercise is good for acid reflux but I've seen a couple of cautions. 1. As Jocaste said, don't do things that force you to bend down. 2. Don't exercise within 2-3 hours of eating. and 3. Don't use weights. The reason for weights is that the proper way to lift weights is to suck in your stomach. This puts more pressure on your stomach and increases the chance of forcing acid up into the esophagus. I don't know whether this is true or not. Has anyone else heard this or had any experience with it?
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