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Old 08-15-01, 11:28 PM   #1
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heartburn and reflux while cycling

Anyone else suffer? I'm okay on the shorter rides, but seem to get some midway during the longer (50 miles or more) rides. I know part of the problem is that I have a tendancy towards this anyway. Not badly, usually I can take care of it with a Tums, but not while I'm cycling. Suggestions? It's just not much fun to be urping up little bits of acidic nasty water mixed with cliff bar.
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HillaryRose,
What and how much are you eating and drinking before and during the rides?

When I don't eat or drink enough before AND during a long ride I feel nauseous (sp?).

Fifty miles is a good ride and you need to "refuel" every 10 to 20 miles.
Refueling is the reason there are rest stops every 8 to 15 miles in organized rides (centuries, etc.)
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Hi HilaryRose, I too suffer from heartburn fairly regularly when riding. What I have found is RonH is right- the type of food I eat even several hours before a ride causes heartburn.
As I commute, mainly, I eat a plain breakfast am, try not to eat anything too fancy/ spicy/rich through the day.
I did read once that after you have heartburn it takes several weeks for you eusophagus to recoat itself and in that time you should avoid the foods that cause heartburn. I tried this once and my diet was too boring.
So now I just take care through the day and eat what I like after.
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HilaryRose;
If Tums won't cut it for you, I'm wondering if a Zantac about 30 minutes before you ride might help. This works for me! I was having the same problem...not serious, but an uncomfortable problem just the same. I took a Zantac before riding and no reflux, etc. I've had a lot of success with it, but it has to have time to work before I ride.
Hope this helps!
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It may not hurt to see a doctor!
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i too had acid reflux,major heartburn.all the problems . sooooo finaly i went to a dr. and found i had a hyatel hernia, and the spinkter muscle closes when i swallow was weak. it would allow food to come back up from my stomach. i suffered for 10 years with this, i got an operation and have NOT had heartburn in the last 3 years, i can eat anything i want. please let a doctor know whats going on. by riding bent over on a road bike you encourage the problem....
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i get heart burn a few hours after and the following day i get it again, it doesnt really matter what i eat, i still get it, after 3 or so days after my ride i do not get it anymore, i do drop into my low bars alot and my frame size is 1.5 sizes to big, do you think it is my bike that is causing it? i am supposed to ride a 56cm but i have a XL giant which translates to a 59ish i also have the stem set low. on my old bike (which was a 56) i did not get heart burn ever.
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Well I have a hiatel hernia and suffer from recurrent heart burn. Prilosec does very well on a daily basis for me. Usually it is all I need. It is available OTC and you might try using it on days when you do long rides.

You may try a stomach acid blocker like Pepcid or Zantac. Those are also helpful but , for me, they are not as good as Prilosec.
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