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Reflux and Exercise

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#1 Snowbird


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Posted 04 June 2012 - 02:58 PM

Hi All

Just wondering if any of you experience worse reflux while exercising? Every time I work out lately, it really sends my reflux into a tither. I walk on a nordic ski machine one day and walk only on a treadmill (no running) the next time. I alternate these two exercises so that I exercise every other day. It's not like I'm doing scrunches or anything strenuous that puts my stomach in a knot. I've been doing these workouts for about 21 years without prior reflux problems until the last few months. Now, on the other side of the coin, my reflux has also been worse lately.

Curious, does anyone have any thoughts as to why it might be so bothersome for what I'm calling somewhat mild exercise? Wondering if it could just simply be because my reflux is getting worse perhaps...
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:45 PM

Hi Snowbird,

Yes, your reflux might be getting worse so you should check with your doctor. Or, maybe you are eating too much, or too soon, before exercising, but I imagine you probably would have already thought about that.

One thing this brought to mind for me, though (and bear in mind I am not a doctor, I have no medical training at all) is that I am very prone to reflux any time I bend over. So for example, if you are bending over to put on your shoes or socks before exercising, that alone would be enough to do it for me, most of the time.

But if you are having significantly more problems with it, it is time to revisit the doctor to see what could be done to manage the reflux better. Here are some warm hugs to tide you over.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 04:28 PM

Hello Snowbird

Yep, bending over can do it for me, mouth full of unpleasantness! It's actually how I realised my reflux was getting worse. Sometimes it creeps up on us and we don't realise that the symptom has worsened.

I hope you find a solution and are able to continue working out.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:16 PM

Hi Snowbird,

I was going to suggest what Shelley has mentioned about not eating for at least an hour before exercise, as I've found that things tend to repeat on me if I am foolish enough to exercise on a full stomach. This can cause me to burp and I have started taking omeprazole on my consultant's recommendation, as they were concerned that any reflux could worsen my lungs.

I ride one particular horse and she burps quite a lot when she exerts herself (it's caused because she crib bites....takes hold of a wooden surface in her teeth and then takes a large gulp of air). Sometimes when we're both exercising we can both of us be burping in unison!! ;) :lol:

As the others have suggested, it would probably be worth you getting this symptom checked out with your doctor, particularly as it seems to have worsened lately.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 03:15 PM


I will make a note of it for my next doctor's visit for sure, it's really the only thing that makes any sense. I have the same problem sometimes when bending too which also lets me know sometimes when it's not behaving.

Yes Amanda, I agree and that's my little mission here, to find a solution so I can keep these old bones of mine moving.

Thanks to all.
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