Training with GERD

  • Sirkit

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    Feb 02, 2008 10:01 PM GMT
    I have a bit of a compound issue. I'm thin and so gaining muscle mass is a bit of a chore but as a result of GERD (basically persistent, painful but treatable heartburn) I cannot eat 4-5 meals a day or eat exceptionally large meals. I would be bedridden for the rest of the day. Are there any fellow sufferers out there with tips?

    Also I need to start working on my core but I'm afraid that it will aggravate the GERD. Any tips on keeping the reflux under control while I work my core?
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    Feb 03, 2008 4:11 AM GMT
    Try taking Prilosec (omeprazole) 20 mg one tablet 30 minutes prior to eating once per day. Over the course of 1-2 weeks this will reduce the acid in your stomach and should help releive symptoms. This is available over the counter. If this does not work you may need to see your doctor for a more detailed workup.
  • Sirkit

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    Feb 03, 2008 8:34 AM GMT
    My GERD is already medicated with Panteloc two times a day and a boost of H2 blocker (40 mg) once a day. I still suffer from light heart burn occasionally. Usually when I suffer it is based on posture which is why I worry about doing crunches.

    If I saw any more doctors I'd be living in the hospital icon_smile.gif They can do surgery or they can medicate the crap out of me. So far they have decided on the medication route.
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    Feb 04, 2008 2:47 AM GMT
    I have GERD and I can appreciate your problem. It can be brutal..I was on medication that did NOT work at all, went back and they gave me pepsid, which I think is like the "low end" medication and it works great. Take one a day or maybe two if needed. Don't be afraid to ask the doctor for something different if you don't think what you're taking is working. My doctor could not believe what I was taking was not working.

    I have no problem with crunches....I just came from the gym, did 300 crunches (100 each side and 100 on my back) with NO problems. Just be careful what you eat before, avoid all the things they tell you (that is anything good..alcohol, coffee, chocolate...damn, what else is there? ). Start with a small amount of crunches....maybe 20 or 40 in each position, see how you feel afterwards. Then you can increase it if you have no GERD problems afterward.

    I know the pain, I've slept in an easy chair more than once and taken an aspirin to ensure I wasn't having a heart attack! Go slow, go easy, work into it and watch the diet.....good luck man.
  • Sirkit

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    Feb 04, 2008 6:28 AM GMT
    Cool thanks for the advice. I've pretty much given up all of the good things diet wise already so all that is left is to take the plunge. I'll try some crunches tomorrow (probably on an empty stomach)and we'll see how it goes.

    Sounds like you and I have the same problem the Proton Pump inhibitors don't work well for me but they provide a bit of a cushion while 40mg of pepcid twice a day does amazing things! GERD is such a pain in the ass...
  • Profound

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    Apr 07, 2008 7:47 AM GMT
    Differnet Proton Pump Inhibitors work differently on different people. I would try changing to a different one. I had to change from omeprazole to pantoprazole before I could really start to manage my GERD. Try a variety of medicines until you find the one that works (with your doctor's help, of course)

    I would really suggest getting an endoscopy if you haven't yet.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Apr 09, 2008 2:49 AM GMT
    Never had gerd but loved someone that did. I took them to an eastern medicine guy. He put them on whole leaf aloe vera drink, DGL licorice tabs, red clover, stevia. After a few weeks they no longer had gerd. It was amazing. Prior to this they lived on pepsid, previcid, prilosec, and were due to start nexium. Last we spoke it still hasn't returned.
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    Apr 09, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    I take Aciflex for acid reflex. Works great!
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    Apr 09, 2008 3:02 AM GMT
    I had GERD too and it interrupted my yoga practice somewhat. I altered my diet and was ok. I refused meds, didn't qualify for surgery.

    One exercise that seemed to help:


    Obviously you do it on both sides and there are specific steps for performing it. I found that it helped strengthen things in that area without crunches and seemed to help my hiatal hernia pain.