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Ill after going to gym - Sore throat and fever.

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  • Posted By: gym goer
  • March 15, 2008
  • 00:53 PM

Hi,

I used to regularly go to gym and have a great work out and would be perfectly fine. But for the past 2/3 months I have been going to the gym. But the next morning I'd be feeling really rough, I'd have a sore throat, fever and this would persist for 2 days and then after around 3/4 days id be fine again. And I thought this maybe because of winter flu in january, so i just took some time out to recover and started gym end of jan again after 2 weeks of complete recovery. But then same thing again the next morning, sore throat, fever, general rough feeling. And so i thought it was just coincidence so rested for 10 days, gym again and same problem! I'm not sure what the problem is, I doubt the doctor will be able to help me with this so hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction. I dont fall ill if i dont go gym, and i think i have a good diet, and i do eat some carbs before going gym so dont go there energyless! Any comments and thoughts would be really appreciated.

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  • Take care as that is exactly how chronic fatigue syndrome often starts out. CFS can be a sudden or a progressive illness getting worst over time and exercise can trigger CFS attacks. CFS is often very "flu like" eg fever, sore throat etc esp in first year or so of it. I got diagnosed with having unknown virus after unknown virus.. for 9 mths straight on and off with triggering events.. before doctors realised that what i had was actually CFS and not "viruses" or the "flu" With CFS the symptoms triggered by exercise are often delayed hence what is known as "post exertional" symptoms with a delayed recovery time. If one knows they have CFS early.. one has the best chance of beating this illness and recovering, by taking care not to worsen it by triggering it off more (making it more extensive eg bringing in more CFS symptoms and worst symptoms). I hope im wrong as CFS is a very bad illness to get. It may be best trying to find a doctor who specialises in CFS to get his opinion if you could be at the start of getting CFS, as most doctors know very little about this illness and may give you bad advice on it (which could make you worst). (You are not bad enough to currently get a CFS diagnoses thou.. but watch out for other CFS symptoms eg body pain, body weakness, sleeping issues, headaches, bowel issues etc)
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • That's exactly my problem too- could have written that myself. Thought it might be the protein drink- or poor carbs- but same happens whatever I do! Any progress? Hope its not CFS. EMF/RF sounds a bit unlikely- but I don't know anything about it- could try going to the gym for the same amount of time but not working out. Maybe its age? I might try pasta instead of new potatoes.
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  • Go to another gym and see what happens, or go to the same gym and don't work out. It doesn't sound like exercise-induced asthma, but who knows.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • This describes my symptoms too. In the last year, after I work out, the next day I get a sore throat and sometimes fatique which lasts for atleast two days. If I don't work out, I don't get sick. Any other thoughts about what might be going on?
    Gym person 5 Replies
    • October 5, 2008
    • 00:47 PM
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  • There's a lot of bugs at a gym; make sure you sanitize the seats and the equipment before you use it. Check out a few stories:http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_381119.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-393921/Is-going-gym-bad-health.html http://www.gasdetection.com/news2/health_news_digest86.htmlOn dumbbells he found Staphylococcus, Streptococcus viridans, diphtheroids, and E. coli...research from the University of Arizona concludes that some cold and flu viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours, bad news for gym members. And, the fearsome super bug—methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)—formerly found mostly in hospitals—is now a presence in sports facilities.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 5, 2008
    • 04:50 PM
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  • This is what i have been experiencing too... Not been working out at the gym for long but after my 2nd session was ill from next day for weeks... took time off gym then started again. Now after a couple of sessions i feel exactly the same. Ill, sore throat, weak, head-cold etc... CFS sounds scary..? Would be very interested in what the other guys found after commenting? The whole germs thing sounds very likely.. How can i avoid it though? Other than wiping handles down..?Could it be my body is weakened by working out...? And then gets ill in defense.?E
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2008
    • 06:24 PM
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  • I went to a doctor who specialized in hormones and has a practice where some of his patients are athletes (HGH). He cut my workouts down to 20 minutes 3x week one; then 22 minutes 3x week two etc. Also he thinks that it may have to do with something in the RNA in the cells (sorry, didn't understand) and recommended me taking Ribose in powder form, which is purchasable on line. So far, it's working. Good luck.
    Gym person 5 Replies
    • November 4, 2008
    • 05:56 PM
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  • For those interested in ribose here are some good sources of info: http://www.bidmc.harvard.edu/YourHealth/HolisticHealth/HerbsandSupplements.aspx?ChunkID=21860 http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400285/does-ribose-really-energize But be careful! http://www.edb.utexas.edu/ssn/SN_Papers/IOC%20alert-Supplement.pdf
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 4, 2008
    • 07:15 PM
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  • I went to a doctor who specialized in hormones and has a practice where some of his patients are athletes (HGH). He cut my workouts down to 20 minutes 3x week one; then 22 minutes 3x week two etc. Also he thinks that it may have to do with something in the RNA in the cells (sorry, didn't understand) and recommended me taking Ribose in powder form, which is purchasable on line. So far, it's working. Good luck. umm now that is interesting .. it sounds as if your doctor is treating you for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and was refering to this illness (without actually naming it to you). Ribose is sometimes recommended for CFS due to the issues those with it have .. and the other thing you've doctor has done is recommended what is called "graded exercise therapy" otherwise known as GET to you GET is the exercise program he's recommended). (GET and CBT.. umm maybe what that doctor will try next.. are the most often recommended treatments for CFS).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • November 5, 2008
    • 06:34 AM
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  • Yes, I saw on the Ribose product it said something about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I don't seem to have any of those symptoms of CFS except after working out. I live a busy life and I'm healthy and don't get anymore tired than "normal tired." I walk a lot since I live in NYC. The doctor said extreme athletes suppress their immune systems and get sick also. I get the same thing on the low end of the continuum. Maybe this info can help others. The other doctors I spoke with and athletes I spoke with didn’t have any insight. I’ve been struggling for a year, so I hope this makes a difference. My doctor, by the way, is a Princeton grad, has a high-end practice and is a thoughtful guy.
    Gym person 5 Replies
    • November 5, 2008
    • 01:39 PM
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  • What kind of exercise you do?-Heavy exercices increase the level of cortisol,and cortison,both hormons are known imun system supresants,and both have catabolic properties on proteic metabolism
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2008
    • 02:17 PM
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  • I used to do an hour workout. 20 - 30 min on a cardio machine -- treadmill/bike/elliptical -- pushing my heart rate to 80% or a little more, then for the remaining time weight training. Now, on my 20 minute workout, I am only allowed to do cardio. That's all. Hard to know if the reduced training or the Ribose is making the difference. In any case, I’m going to the gym and not getting sick.
    Gym person 5 Replies
    • November 5, 2008
    • 09:21 PM
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  • At last, someone who has a similar affliction to me!! I only get affected when I go surfing, which I have been doing most of my life. A few years ago I began to suffer a terrible fevers - up to 38.9 degrees celsius (102F) - coming on, about four hours after surfing and lasting about three hours. No sore throat but I feel pretty awful and have to wrap up in winter clothes and a doona when everyone else is in short sleeves. I am a fit and active 50+ - do long distance swimming, workout at the gym, bushwalking with no ill effects. In fact, not every time I go surfing do I get it. And, like gym person, doctors and specialists have been baffled for explanation.It seems Ribose is worth a shot, but cortisol might be a culprit.Please keep me posted and I'll do likewise - two or more heads are better than one my e-mail address is wmackay@gmail.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I also just recently had this happen to me -- extreme night fevers after working out. It's happened a handful of times now over two months and clearly is so far correlated with gym. i dont tho think its totally correlated with physical activity as i took a much more physically difficult bike ride last weekend in extreme heat and tho tired, experienced none of hte symptoms. of course that was in the day, and the times i have this reaction are when i work out in the evening after work (another day that we had extreme heat, i worked out much less intensively and had none of the symptoms).in reading about ribosol, i am curious if anybody thinks this could be related to heart problems? did anyone hear that?also, my background is that i am a pretty in shape person who has been physically active my entire life. my workouts are not that hard -- 35 min on elliptical, lift very few arm weights and do crunches -- in all about 45-50 min. i am 49 yo woman.
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  • I also just recently had this happen to me -- extreme night fevers after working out. Hi California conundrumSorry to hear of your plight but nice to have you on board.I haven't gotten hold of Ribose yet. It's pricey and I'm waiting for some confirmation of efficacy (How's it going, Gym Person?)The other day I tried surfing again. Since the last episode I've been taking daily zinc and enzyme Q10 (100mg) which apparently helps oxygen uptake. I also tried not to overexert myself . And I took 2X ibroprofen 1 hour afterwards which regulates a fever if you have one.Anyway I didn't get the fever. There are too many variables there and maybe I wouldn't have succumbed anyway. Let's keep in touch as I haven't found anyone else suffering this malady let alone any medico who has a clue what to do.surfer bill
    surfer bill 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes, please keep me posted. I also took Ibuprophin profilactically, but was told not to do that by my doctor. Guess it can have impact on your stomach. I am going to try working out outside rather than the gym and see if my body responds differently. Gym person
    Gym person 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi I have exactly the same symptoms as described in the original postHowever this is relatively new to me ( i noticed this only for the past 2 weeks)I went through my scheduled at the gym and noticed that i have a sore throat and fever eruption on the days i do a cardio. (which i do only twice a week)But working out on subsequent days (no cardio, just heavy weights) aggravates the symptoms i picked up on my cardio day.My gut feel is that it is due to the air-conditioning in the gym.When i run on the treadmill i am directly facing the air-con vent and breathing through my mouth.The overall effect of the chilled air and breathing directly through the mouth is causing a sore throat , which in turn is causing the fever and related body ache and tiredness.I have just started working out, hoping to transform my body , and i really do hope that this is the actual cause at my gym, rather than CFS which sounds quite disabling.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • So, this is still a mystery that we share. :confused:I have only been surfing a few times this year but I successfully avoided the fever with the ibroprofen about 2 hours after leaving the water. Yes there can be side effects but taken with food and not daily it should be okay.Incidentally, I eliminated emotional stress as a factor when I did an Ocean swim in big seas a while back - very anxiety-inducing but no after effects.I'm still seeking a metabolic or neurological explanation. So keep posting!
    surfer bill 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I get the whole sore throat and fever thing a while after any cardio....for me the acute, rasping sore throat and pain when I swallow is the main symptom, also with headaches and neck pain. Immediately after I exercise I often feel far more flushed and out of breath than I should be. Like the rest of you I've been trawling around the net for info and found this. May also be of interest to those thinking CFS is the only possible answer:http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Respiratory-Disorders/Sore-throat-after-exercising/show/283295I've started cycling to my train station a day ago and this kicked in today so if it continues I'll be down to the doctor's shortly.All the best.
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  • I've read your postings and I have had very similar symptoms. I started the gym this past December and only the last month I have been noticing that about a day after I go to the gym I feel a slight sickness in my stomach, a moderate headache, and pre-flu like symptoms. It feels like my body is trying to fight something but it isn't progressing beyond that. I have read the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and really feel that this isn't the issue at all. I have narrowed it down to two specific gyms I go to where I get these symptoms and am beginning to think that I am actually having a reaction to the chemical in the spray bottle that is being used to wipe the machines down.I have been keeping a log of what I do at the gym and then it hit me that it might be the chemicals in the spray bottle (WHIMIS TRAINING) that is entering the skin upon contact. When I use the spray bottle, I get sick, when I don't I am fine. So what I have been doing was using the antibacterial lotion instead on the paper towels and using this to sanitize. I don't allow my towel to touch the equipment and tuck it in my shorts slightly so it doesn't also get contaminated, and the symptoms seems to have disappeared. My suggestion is to try this and see if your symptoms subside. If you go to this site (HEALTH CANADA) http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/occup-travail/whmis-simdut/index-eng.php it talks a lot about chemical safety and the dangers of when it comes in contact. See if any of your symptoms could be possibly be related to any cleaning materials that are used in your gym.When I use to work in a restaurant and was trained in WHIMIS I learned that sometimes the cleaning materials are safe but when they are not mixed properly they can quickly become very toxic.I hope this might help some of you. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
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