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Feeling lightheaded and sick after working out

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  • Posted By: stacky
  • December 30, 2007
  • 08:04 PM

Hello, If you have seen any of my other posts I have been struggling with health issues for the past year. Lately I have been trying to recover using a more natural apporach by taking the necessary vitamins, trying NAET, increasing my water intake, ect. Lately have started to try and work out a little more and more each week, but every time i try no matter if its 15 minutes or 45 minutes I get a headache after and a lightheaded/depersonalization kind of feeling along with nausia and feel crappy for the rest of the day. Im just wondering if anyone has any idea of what could be causing this by chance? I dont know if its just built up toxins or if something else could be wrong. Let me know if you have any ideas i really want to try and get into shape to see if it will help me feel better but this is making it very hard.:mad:

Thanks for any input,
Stacky

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  • I was thinking not enough water but see you are addressing it. I would ask for a stress test and get my heart looked at.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 03:44 AM
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  • I was thinking not enough water but see you are addressing it. I would ask for a stress test and get my heart looked at. Thanks for the suggestion. I have had an echo this year and several EKG's due to chest pain early in 2007. All EKG's showed the same ST wave abonormality and the echo showed nothing. No stress test was done however. They were unable to tell me what the abnormality meant with my heart they just said it was non-specific. Im only 28 so the doc's really dont take me seriosuly and just keep trying to feed me anti-depressants, when i really just dont feel physically well. because of this im just trying to get well on my own pretty much by trying to improve my diet and getting more movement. Thanks again,Stacky
    stacky 52 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 02:38 PM
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  • there is a new non evasive heart test that gives all the details and information needed...I don't have the name of it, but will track it down. I know you have to pay for it out of your pocket, $1000, but I think you need it, so save up...one place to get it is in LA, but surely there must be other places....
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 10:07 PM
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  • Here is the name of the test: Electron Beam Tomography Angiography http://www.humc.com/heartcenters/ctscanning/what.shtml insurance doesn't pay for it so be prepared to pay out of pocket..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 1, 2008
    • 09:48 PM
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  • Do you exercise on a full or empty stomach? What foods do you eat prior to working out? How long do you typically work out and what type of exercise do you do?DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 1, 2008
    • 11:27 PM
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  • I don't know about any of those high falooting heart tests....if you are taking vitamins, make sure you take them with food...if you take them on an empty stomach, ....your day will be ruined. Take with some something substantial....if you want to work out before eating (as some people do- but could lead to light-headedness depending on your exertion level), then that's fine- just don't take your vitamins before hand. I would experiment with the best times during the day to take my vitamins. Usually I like the evening because I know for sure I've got a full stomach and am less likely to get nauseated....it could be your heart though, too. Just thinking about the Occam's razor principle....
    sharpsteinnegative 8 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 06:29 PM
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  • ignorance is not an answer...check into the tests if you can afford it if you want to know what is wrong...
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 07:32 PM
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  • Actually, excessive testing can be very harmful as it leads to red herrings and dropped insurance coverage- as well as prohibitively expensive and not necessarily indicated...it's very good that you are aware of your well-being but don't let getting on these boards and listening to the advice of non-medically trained individuals lead you to undue stress and anxiety. Talk to your medical physician about your concerns. Despite what some may think, they actually are trained experts who know what they are doing.
    sharpsteinnegative 8 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 08:07 PM
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  • Thanks for all of the replies. I tend to eat alot throughout the day since I crash very easy if dont keep food in my stomach. I usually take my multivitamin around noon with my lunch. When I do TRY to excersize its very minimal, since ideally I would like to try and start getting my strength back slowly...but even mild 15 minute yoga makes the sick feeeling start. I do see a naturopathic physician in addition to all of my regular doc's who just put me on DHEA supplements (15 mg/day) in addition to my high quality multi-vitamin and magnesium supplements. I havent noticed a huge difference so far as it only been 3 days. In addition to the excersize thing, I wake up with a very sick shacky feeling often with shallow breathing, almost like my whole body and brain is shaking along with a very nausius feeling. Also my left ring finger has been swelling every 2 weeks exactly for the last 6 months. No one can tell me why. I have seen a rheumatologist who wants me to take 1000 mg of naproxen per day...but I hate taking things when I dont know whats causing it all. Along with all of this I am VERY irratable.:(
    stacky 52 Replies
    • January 8, 2008
    • 07:11 PM
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  • The same thing has happened to me! I'd be interested in sharing information with you just to talk about what was going on. I found your post from looking up the exact same issue. I too have seen a rheumatologist and had numerous tests run. My issues started when I was working out. Things got so bad I had to stop working out, and it became almost crippling. It was hard to get out of bed in the morning. I too was given anti-depressants. The only abnormalities found in my testing was high levels of cpk in my bloodstream. CPK (MM) which is an indicator of muscle breakdown. Anyway after a year and a half I started to feel better so I started to work out... wham.. sick again.email me at joshua.melvin1@gmail.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 12, 2008
    • 03:24 AM
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  • Going for a second opinion from a cardiologist on Tuesday, I hope I can get somewhere. It's very interesting that the previous poster has the same issue. I looked up CPK and it can relate back to the heart, and some other things. It's very frustrating and I feel like my body is giving warnings with the swelling in my hands, ect but doctors wont listen. Its very scary to feel like this everyday at 28 years old and frustrating because everything feels like such a struggle. Its taking a toll on friendships and my marriage. At this age I should be full of energy! Grrrrrrr!
    stacky 52 Replies
    • January 12, 2008
    • 11:20 PM
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  • Hello, I just wanted to provide an update as to what’s been happening with me lately. I went last week for a treadmill stress test, they noticed some abnormalities during this test, therefore I had to do it all over again the next day with an ECHO treadmill test…this was normal. I’m very confused, I guess my heartbeat gets kinda out of whack when it’s beating fast, but recovers fast according to the cardiologist. He has now signed me up for a cardio pulmonary breathing test for next week, I’m not sure what this will entail but I hope I get somewhere soon. I also stopped taking the pill (Lo-estrin24) about a week and a half ago and now have terrible headaches each day. I hope this goes away soon. The swelling in my finger is still occurring; in fact it is swelled so bad right now I cannot straighten my finger out. Does anyone think these issues are related and could it be as a result from the budging disk they found in my neck? One other thing that has been happening about 2-4 days a month is at night (in between sleep) my breathing gets VERY faint, and it feels like I’m not even breathing at all. This has been occurring for a month or two now…it’s a pretty scary feeling. Thanks for any advice, :( :confused: Stacky
    stacky 52 Replies
    • February 4, 2008
    • 08:03 PM
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  • The Electron Beam Tomography Angiography is non-evasive...that means that there will not be the usually side effects from the standard tests. If you want to be sure that it is not your heart, I cannot urge you enough to try to locate a clinic that does the tests. It finds things that the other tests cannot. Insurance will not pay for it, usually. I believe I stated that. If I were you, I'd save up for it or just deal with the unknown and major evasive tests with harmful side effects.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • February 4, 2008
    • 10:12 PM
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  • It sounds like you need Hydrocortisone. Ask your Endo and let us know how you are.Teresa
    TeresaC 41 Replies Flag this Response
  • It sounds like you need Hydrocortisone. Ask your Endo and let us know how you are.Teresa I went to a hand specialist last week for the swelling in my finger. They actually did in fact inject cortisone into the joint of my finger (very painfull) the swelling did go down within a day but has since returned. I went yesterday for some skin allergy testing and I reacted to about 30 enviromental things! Some of them were severe reactions. Next they will be checking for food allergies. Allergies REALLY run in my family so perhaps we are on the right track with this...not sure but today my arm STILL has whelts on it from the tests....! I was very sleepy after the tests and all of the reactions I had, im sure from my immune system responding all at once... The rheumatologist is now trying another anti-inflamatory also. the only thing that matches my symptoms exactly is Lyme Disease but I cant get anyone to test me for it ! we run the test at my work down the hall from where i sit which is very frustrating, I work in a major medical reference lab! Grrrrr! I will keep you updated.... ~Stacky
    stacky 52 Replies Flag this Response
  • I went to a hand specialist last week for the swelling in my finger. They actually did in fact inject cortisone into the joint of my finger (very painfull) the swelling did go down within a day but has since returned. I went yesterday for some skin allergy testing and I reacted to about 30 enviromental things! Some of them were severe reactions. Next they will be checking for food allergies. Allergies REALLY run in my family so perhaps we are on the right track with this...not sure but today my arm STILL has whelts on it from the tests....! I was very sleepy after the tests and all of the reactions I had, im sure from my immune system responding all at once... The rheumatologist is now trying another anti-inflamatory also. the only thing that matches my symptoms exactly is Lyme Disease but I cant get anyone to test me for it ! we run the test at my work down the hall from where i sit which is very frustrating, I work in a major medical reference lab! Grrrrr! I will keep you updated.... ~Stacky Stacky, I forget, have you tried NAET to help clear your allergies?DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Stacky, I forget, have you tried NAET to help clear your allergies?DOM well I did start NAET and only got through most of the basics, I wasnt really noticing a huge difference, so I stopped. I have not completely given up on that idea yet but just feel too sick to keep doing something I am not sure really works.
    stacky 52 Replies Flag this Response
  • One suggestion I can offer is to find a research doctor, a D.O. will work fine, they are more prompt to search for the cure than a regular doctor who is going to try to treat each symptom, which in most cases are all symptoms of one problem and not needing multipul medications to treat and then you end up feeling worst than you did when you started. I have found a very good doctor and will not give medications unless he knows exactly what is needed first. A good doctor will be someone who will tell you he needs to research what your issues are and find the problem. nothing worst than getting medications that inturn are more harmful than what the original problem is. I had issues with loss of muscle mass and couldn't get out of bed for 18 months, I was in so much pain, I was swollen and had massive headaches every day. I had to get to the point of getting out of bed, I did by walking for only 5 minutes a day, after 3 weeks I worked up to 10 and 15 minutes a day. Now after 6 months, I can do longer bouts of exersize and get up out of bed. But I had to get in the mind set for it. After your down for so long your brains get's trained, trained to the facts of not doing anything good, you get use to sitting there watching everything go by, feeling bad that your not doing the things you want to because you have gotten yourself into a situation that your so far deep into that self pitty takes over, then one day you just say, I DESERVE BETTER. Before long you actually feel pretty good, but you do have to take it slow, do only what you can do, but don't quit, no matter how hard it gets, when it gets hard push a little bit, but if a break is needed then take a break, but come back to it. I was having so many medical problems that new ones kept popping up and out of no where I was really bad, turns out i was so bad for so long, it took me a long time to work out of the issues. Depression will be a playing factor, only because your down so long that before long you don't even see your self depressed, especially when you don't find any enjoyment in anything, your just go through the movements... That isn't the way to live life. I can only say, grap ahold of something, take it easy, but start.
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  • I feel the same way occasionally after working out. Normally I have to drink something with sugar in it like Gatorade or Propel while I'm working out to make me feel better. You may be hypoglycemic. These books really helped me because they listed symptoms and steps to overcome it. http://www.amazon.com/Low-Blood-Sugar-Cookbook-Sugarless/dp/0916503011/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1213283034&sr=1-5http://www.amazon.com/Low-Blood-Sugar-Handbook-Suffer/dp/0916503046/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b Also, your heart rate may go up really high while you're working out and then suddenly drop. You may get the feel nauseous and like you're about to pass out in this case. If you're running or biking, work on slowly brining your heart rate down by continuing to walk or bike at a slower pace and taking deep breaths. You should cool down somewhere around 5 minutes. If you feel sick while working out, don’t push it. Slow down with whatever you’re doing, catch your breath and then continue – don’t stop though. If you can’t catch your breath, your heart rate is probably too high.I think everyone feels sick from time to time when they work out. You're not alone. I hope my suggestions helped you.
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  • Thanks for the suggestions, yeah even when im not working out and i wait more than about 2-3 hours in between meals I get very shaky and feel completely out of it also. you may be on to something. Thanks! Those were good suggestions on slowly bring my heart rate down also...;) I feel the same way occasionally after working out. Normally I have to drink something with sugar in it like Gatorade or Propel while I'm working out to make me feel better. You may be hypoglycemic. These books really helped me because they listed symptoms and steps to overcome it. http://www.amazon.com/Low-Blood-Sugar-Cookbook-Sugarless/dp/0916503011/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1213283034&sr=1-5 http://www.amazon.com/Low-Blood-Sugar-Handbook-Suffer/dp/0916503046/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b Also, your heart rate may go up really high while you're working out and then suddenly drop. You may get the feel nauseous and like you're about to pass out in this case. If you're running or biking, work on slowly brining your heart rate down by continuing to walk or bike at a slower pace and taking deep breaths. You should cool down somewhere around 5 minutes. If you feel sick while working out, don’t push it. Slow down with whatever you’re doing, catch your breath and then continue – don’t stop though. If you can’t catch your breath, your heart rate is probably too high. I think everyone feels sick from time to time when they work out. You're not alone. I hope my suggestions helped you.
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