Walking uphill with GERD

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Hi, Does anybody else feel terrible after walking uphill? or climbing stairs?

I have GERD and have felt fine swimming, but walking uphill seems to bring on all my symptoms...I would love to hear from anyone else that might have experienced this. 

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    Your case sounds unique. I can say that for me at times I feel like I can't breathe as if food has refluxed into my chest. It almost feels like pneumonia or something. I've gone for chest X rays and they say my lungs are clear. Do you tend to feel heart burn after walking or climbing??
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      Hi Bigdipper, it is thought that 10% of asthma diagnoses are not primary asthma, but caused by refluxate reaching the lungs. It doesnt take food to cause the problem, just a very small amount of acid. I dont think this damage would show up in an xray at all. 
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      Thank you for that because there is many times that I worried about why I would have asthma symptoms so often. I'm very tempted to request an upper endoscopy because I suffer from terrible reflux and bad breath which has recently come about in the last 2 years. I don't get heart burn like most but I get the feeling that something is stuck in my chest. I burp a lot and it comes from my chest rather than from the stomach. It's pretty bad and has just gotten progressively worse overtime. I also suffer from severe constipation which I also attribute to my bad breath as well. 
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    Hi Guppy, when you walk uphill or climb stairs your lungs would be expanding more because they would need more air than when walking on the flat. So they could possibly be putting pressure on your diagphragm and stomach which could result in acid refluxing into the eosophagus. That's the only thing i can think of.

    I live with copd and reflux so am very aware of the interconnection between the respiratory and digestive system. But best to ask your GP - this is just a thought that occurred to me - i dont experience it myself. Maybe someone else will come along with more direct experience.

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      Hi, thank you both for the info..this morning I tried something different, I didnt eat breakfast, then i walked, it made a huge difference, in the past I would wait an hour and a half before walking, but I now think thats not enough for me as I am feeling ok today..also I live at the very top of a mountain and the air no doubt is thinner.
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    I feel horrible those days I give up and I eat alot of things that is not good for reflux like ice cream , chocolate , onion and cheese now I feel regret and reflux is worse , now I will quit those things and hope to feel beter soon , for uphill I'm sorry I don't know about this I'ts more because of food or exercise hope you get beter soon don't give up 
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    Hello Guppy one year ago you posted about your condition with Gerd. Do you still get chest pains walking up a hill I would really like to hear from you because I'm having the same problem that is getting confusing me. Guppy what foods keep it under control and what foods are a No-No? Sincerely Letty

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    I know it's years later, I have the same thing I'm 34.

    I have a hiatus hernia and get gerd pains. When I go swimming I'm fine when I walk down hill or long roads I'm fine, as soon as I walk up a hill or take one a load of stairs, I get this dragging pain from my throat then to the top left of my breast mussle then it make it feel as if I'm going to have a difficult time breathing normally, I thank at that point I start to have a panic attack what make it ten times worse. I am confused if it is gerd making this happen or is it my Hayfever .

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    I know it's years later, I have the same thing I'm 34.

    I have a hiatus hernia and get gerd pains. When I go swimming I'm fine when I walk down hill or long roads I'm fine, as soon as I walk up a hill or take one a load of stairs, I get this dragging pain from my throat then to the top left of my breast mussle then it make it feel as if I'm going to have a difficult time breathing normally, I thank at that point I start to have a panic attack what make it ten times worse. I am confused if it is gerd making this happen or is it my Hayfever .

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