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I have acid reflux disease and i get sick when I work out


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Ok so I was diagnosed with acid reflux back in september. Everytime I work out and try to push my self harder than usual, my stomach gets irritated and I get a terrible stomach ache and sometimes if my antacid isnt working I will throw up. Can anyone tell me what they do before they go to the gym if they have acid reflux too.

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I had really bad acid reflux/heartburn, but it's because of a hiatal hernia.  My doctor prescribed Nexium for it, and I'm doing very well, even with vigorous exercise.  I haven't had to adjust anything since I've been on medication.

What antacid are you on?  Keep in mind there's a difference between an antacid and an acid reducer.  If you're just on an antacid and it's not keeping the reflux in check, you may want to ask your doctor about acid reducers (Nexium, Prozac, Pepcid, Prilosec, etc.)

My doctor had me on prevacid for 3 months then took me off and i've been ok except one extremly terrible week. My doctor wanted me to work on the diet thing and not keep me on pills since im only 21. I have been taking Zantac 150 if I absolutely need it. Some times when I go to the gym I will take the zantac as a precaution, but it wont always work.

Zantac also comes in 300 mg capsules, or you could take two 150s - but you should check with your doctor if that's something you should consider.

And remember to follow instructions on taking Zantac too (with water, waiting to eat, etc.)  If it's a consistent thing for it to not work when you workout, you should talk to your doctor about an alternative OTC medication.  Different medications are varied enough that some work better with some people.

You could also be experiencing drug interaction side effects, or it might just be something you ate that was too acidic, or too close to your workout time.  What kind of eating changes have you made?

In my case, while it's helped, weight loss couldn't address the root issue.  The hernia is there, and my reflux can still come back even though I'm 50 lbs lighter now.  If he hasn't done so already, you might ask your doctor if he has been able rule out the possibity of a hiatal hernia or an ulcer. 

Well for diet change I have completely cut out my Dunkin Donuts in the morning and I eat only chicken, tuna or salmon. I dont eat much tomato sauce. I drink only water with the occasional cup of tea if im dying for caffine. my breakfast usually consists of either cheerios or and whole grain english muffin. My snacks are usually some kind of fruit or pop corn(100 cal packs) Lunch and dinner consist of the same thing. Meat with a veggie or whole grain pasta or rice.

My doctor did an upper endoscopy(not sure of spelling) and I was negative for ulcers and that bacteria h.pylori. Not sure about the hiatal hernia. What is that exactly? I may have had an ulcer or have one again. when the procerdure was done i was on prevacid for only 2-3 weeks that my primary physican prescribed.

http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/hiatal-he rnia

And upper endoscopy would have detected a hiatal hernia.  If you had one, I can't imagine that they wouldn't have mentioned it.

Your diet sounds okay - your workout issues might be due to something else, or maybe how you time your snacks and meals in relationship to your workouts. 

If you think you have another ulcer, it may be appropriate to go on the prevacid again, or ask about a different medication.  In either case, it would be a good idea to mention your recent concerns and issues to your doctor.

I suffer from this as well.  About ten years ago I went through every test because I wasin so much pain.  I was sleeping sitting up.

I read everything on the subject and decided to give up white foods because of what I had read.

White bread, sugar, pastries and milk.  For the most part it went away by making these changes.  When I slip up, I know it immediately.  The pain is so intense.  Last week I ate a donut at work and paid for it the rest of the night.  I hadn't had to sleep sitting up in a long time, I don't want to do it anymore.

Part of the hiatal hernia is that food gets stuck in your esophagus and just sits there.  Not the greatest explaination, just a very simple one.

well since I was taken off the prevacid, I think a majority of my food has been switched to whole grain. I dont think could give up milk though, I like it on my cereal too much. I under stand the whole sleeping sitting up. My solution is to just throw up because I know that is whats going to happen in the end anyway. Fortunantly I havnt had an episode since february/march. High fat foods also seem to be the guilty party. I need to look back in my journal to see what I was eating after my first episode. Those couple weeks after seemed to be my better weeks.

 

 

Thanks to everyone who replied. This is helpful

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Original Post by gem86:

well since I was taken off the prevacid, I think a majority of my food has been switched to whole grain. I dont think could give up milk though, I like it on my cereal too much. I under stand the whole sleeping sitting up. My solution is to just throw up because I know that is whats going to happen in the end anyway. Fortunantly I havnt had an episode since february/march. High fat foods also seem to be the guilty party. I need to look back in my journal to see what I was eating after my first episode. Those couple weeks after seemed to be my better weeks.

Thanks to everyone who replied. This is helpful

I agree with gem86.  Also lay off the red meat and any other beef products will be helpful to keep your body in the slightly alkaline.

Original Post by spoiled_candy:

I read everything on the subject and decided to give up white foods because of what I had read.

White bread, sugar, pastries and milk. For the most part it went away by making these changes.

Giving up milk helped reduce acid reflux for you?  I find that milk helps calm acid reflux for me.  I actually drink more milk in an effort to prevent acid reflux. 

Gem86...how soon after you eat are you exercising?  If you exercise shortly after eating a lot of food, you're stomach might not have enough time to digest the food.  Also, what position are you in when you eat?  I have a terrible habit of laying on my couch while I eat.  This positioning prevents my digestive system from working properly.  I'm trying to get better about always eating while sitting up.

I work out as soon as I wake up and never eat anything before.. or else I barf. If I work out during the day I make sure I dont eat anything within 1-2 hours before.
When I eat I am usually sitting up at a table. I usually go to the gym after work so I will have a snack aroung 2:30 and i get to the gym about 4:30. If you are drinking milk make sure its 2% or less just cause of the fat content in it and it may have a reverse affect. I could never wake up and work out. My stomach is at its weakest when I wake up.

I just got back from the gym a little bit ago and I ate around 10 and didnt leave for the gym till about 12sih my stomach got a little upset when I was doing my running/walking but after 30 min I stopped and went to do my weights. After I finished that I went back for about another 10 on the elliptical.
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