He has been focusing on his music for nine years, starting out on the oboe but ending up on the viola. “The oboe was hard for me because after I practised I always had a stomach ache, so I decided to stop.”

Hmmm. I think maybe I give others a tummy ache, but I don’t think it ever gave me one. Yet.

I read it here.


  1. I know a woman who recently quit oboe because a doctor told her it aggravated her acid reflux. I also know another oboist who says she controls it with medication. So I guess it’s out there.

  2. I have acid reflux. But so does my mom and my son; they don’t play oboe. Hmmm. Maybe it’s contagious?

    (But I’ve played oboe for forty years now and I only started to get acid reflux a few years back.)

  3. While I’m not a doctor, I did study physiology in high school (over 30 years ago, but so what – it’s not like science or medicine since then have made strid…what? They have? Ok, never mind) – I think it’s most likely something about swallowing air while playing. Not the acid reflux itself, but possibly exacerbat…exasser…exacerbe…making it worser and/or adding its own extra discomfort. Perhaps someone qualified will straighten this out or offer more cogent suggestions. I suppose it could also have to do with a tenderer part of the stomach being exposed to more acid or something due to the pressure from the expanded diaphragm, or said acid going places where it wasn’t really meant to be. Bottom line, check with an MD, maybe? No?