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  • Am I Allergic to Exercise/Sprinting?!?!?

    Did I get your attention ? Don't judge me - I complained in my title not to sound like a whiny bitch - I just want to get some eyeballs on this page!

    To begin, let me point out that I have no issues with most exercises. I lift, do martial arts, ashtanga yoga, swim, ect. on a regular basis with no issues whatsoever.

    Running, Sprinting, and Low-Level Prolonged Cardio are where my problems lie. Here's my issue: for "sprints" I usually do a HIIT session of jumping rope or kettlebell swings. I have a heart rate monitor so I know my HR gets up there and I know I definitely get a great workout. Today, however, I decided to do it the real primal way and do actual sprints, which I am just not a fan on. Not a good idea.

    Ever since I was young and had to sprint/run in Elementary School I've had problems. My throat and chest seem to close up and it literally feels like I have a hundred lbs sitting on my chest. I feel like I'm having a heart attack. The pain continues on for about an hour afterwards. I also get this weird metallic taste in my mouth....it tastes just like blood. I actually thought that was normal until I mentioned it after the mile run in high school and everyone looked at me like I was insane.

    Here's where I feel like I'm going to lose most of you - I actually do have an "exercise allergy". It's odd - it only happens when I jog or run, or sometimes when I hike or do something like high knees for more than a few minutes. I actually break out into hives in various places on my body. It usually happens on only one or two places, but it's completely random - it could be my calves, my thighs, my stomach, my lower back, my arms. The hives/rash is EXTREMELY itchy, to the point of being painful. I did a 5K with boyfriend and I almost didn't make it through it. There are two things I know:
    • I know this isn't caused by my clothes rubbing against me, because I've gotten the rash/hives on places with loose clothes or no clothes at all. For example, I've gotten it on my stomach when I've been wearing a sports bra.
    • I KNOW this is an actual allergy, because if I take a Benadryl prior to jogging/hiking/any type of long distance cardio I don't get the rash/hives!


    Sorry for the drawn-out post, but I'm dying to know if ANYONE out there experiencing any of these symptoms. The blood/metallic taste in mouth and excruciating chest pain when running/sprinting? Or the hives and painful itchiness when doing cardio? Or does anyone know what any of these symptoms mean? I feel like a crazy person sometimes!

    Thanks everyone!

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  • #2
    Sounds emotional-try EFT. Similar to some phobia reactions I have see in my practice...
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    • #3
      Really? Do you mean the tightness in the chest and the hives? That's very interesting that you say that. I started looking up EFT a couple years ago but could never get the right pattern down haha - thank you for bringing it up because I've definitely been interested in looking it up again. I'm shameless, but I've always said that if I'm going to break out into tapping fits in public I better be doing it right!

      As far as this is concerned, I think it is physiological rather than psychological. Mostly based on the fact that if I take a benadryl beforehand I don't break out in a rash. But thank you!

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      • #4
        Yes, yes you are.

        Next question.

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        • #5
          I’m typically a highly hypocritical sprint advocate (meaning I’m always yelling at people for not actually sprinting, but don’t sprint often enough myself!) but in this case it might be just fine for you to do sprint-alternatives if actual sprinting causes this. A “it hurts when I do this” … “stop doing it then” type of scenario.

          Have you tried sprints without going all out? Like, maybe it’s an issue of conditioning. It sounds much deeper than that, but maybe going slower would help, then overtime building up to all out sprints if the issues don’t persist.

          I’d consult a doctor though, preferably one that deals with athletes regularly. A college/high school athletic trainer perhaps.
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          • #6
            1.) The metallic/blood taste in mouth especially and hard respiration, heart wanting to explode = All part of the process of getting in shape. I know the metallic/blood taste. I salivate like a cow and when i spit it stretches to the floor. Sometimes my teeth feel loose. It feels like you can't breath. Coughing after workouts. I also sweat. Normal. Keep working. You are not a unique snowflake in capable of working hard I assure you!

            2.) re:hives no idea. Looks like you have a myriad of autoimmune mysteries by glancing at your profile. My advice would be to power through workouts. Hives might be uncomfortable but you should already be sweating so who cares. It would seem like some mental toughness could help get rid of the excuses to avoid exercising. You will build that by persevering discomfort.

            3.) "I KNOW this is an actual allergy, because if I take a Benadryl prior to jogging/hiking/any type of long distance cardio I don't get the rash/hives!" So take Benadryl prior to exercising!

            you definitely have auto-immune derangement going on. I'd restrict eggs from your diet and also dairy and nightshades. How's your acid/base balance? Any other things you are eating that aren't paleo?
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            • #7
              You aren't imagining it, you DO have an allergy and one that is recognized:

              http://allergies.about.com/od/anaphylaxis/a/eia.htm

              You should take this seriously and NOT power through exercise ignoring your symptoms.
              Liz.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Primalvore View Post
                Really? Do you mean the tightness in the chest and the hives? That's very interesting that you say that. I started looking up EFT a couple years ago but could never get the right pattern down haha - thank you for bringing it up because I've definitely been interested in looking it up again. I'm shameless, but I've always said that if I'm going to break out into tapping fits in public I better be doing it right!

                As far as this is concerned, I think it is physiological rather than psychological. Mostly based on the fact that if I take a benadryl beforehand I don't break out in a rash. But thank you!
                You can "tap" using your imagination when you are in public, BTW!

                Having cleared my life-long asthma with EFT (pre-Primal and pre-vitamin D supplementation) I know that many so-called physiological ailments have an emotional trauma at the root of them--I see this with my clients every day. Sure, I could prevent my exercised-induced asthma attacks from using my inhaler--but that doesn't necessarily mean that my asthma attacks were caused by a physiological imbalance.

                And asthma is life-threatening--as is anaphylaxis, so I agree with lizch! Just because it may have an emotional cause, doesn't make it any less real.

                Address the inflammation issues mentioned by TheFastCat. Make sure your vitamin D level is optimal. Then, if you still aren't getting any relief from your symptoms try EFT. Or you could try EFT first--it won't hurt!
                Last edited by Dragonfly; 01-10-2011, 09:04 AM.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by lizch View Post
                  You aren't imagining it, you DO have an allergy and one that is recognized:

                  http://allergies.about.com/od/anaphylaxis/a/eia.htm

                  You should take this seriously and NOT power through exercise ignoring your symptoms.
                  could be

                  "Exercise-induced anaphylaxis (EIA) is a rare disorder in which anaphylaxis occurs after physical activity.1 The symptoms may include pruritus, hives, flushing, wheezing, and GI symptoms including nausea, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea. If physical activity continues, patients may progress to more severe symptoms including angioedema, laryngeal edema, hypotension, and ultimately cardiovascular collapse. Cessation of physical activity usually results in immediate improvement of symptoms."

                  http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/886641-overview

                  It looks like some bodies really were built to not do any physical activity and remain stagnant O_O

                  /sad
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                    I’m typically a highly hypocritical sprint advocate (meaning I’m always yelling at people for not actually sprinting, but don’t sprint often enough myself!) but in this case it might be just fine for you to do sprint-alternatives if actual sprinting causes this. A “it hurts when I do this” … “stop doing it then” type of scenario.

                    Have you tried sprints without going all out? Like, maybe it’s an issue of conditioning. It sounds much deeper than that, but maybe going slower would help, then overtime building up to all out sprints if the issues don’t persist.

                    I’d consult a doctor though, preferably one that deals with athletes regularly. A college/high school athletic trainer perhaps.
                    Yea, I might try sprinting a couple more times or working my way up just to see if it gets any easier. I don't know if it's a conditioning issue because I'm very active/in good shape, it's just the fuggin sprints.

                    Funny you mention Athletic Trianers - I actually was one in HS and College! My head trainer never could figure out what was up with me though. Hmph.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TheFastCat View Post
                      1.) The metallic/blood taste in mouth especially and hard respiration, heart wanting to explode = All part of the process of getting in shape. I know the metallic/blood taste. I salivate like a cow and when i spit it stretches to the floor. Sometimes my teeth feel loose. It feels like you can't breath. Coughing after workouts. I also sweat. Normal. Keep working. You are not a unique snowflake in capable of working hard I assure you!

                      2.) re:hives no idea. Looks like you have a myriad of autoimmune mysteries by glancing at your profile. My advice would be to power through workouts. Hives might be uncomfortable but you should already be sweating so who cares. It would seem like some mental toughness could help get rid of the excuses to avoid exercising. You will build that by persevering discomfort.

                      3.) "I KNOW this is an actual allergy, because if I take a Benadryl prior to jogging/hiking/any type of long distance cardio I don't get the rash/hives!" So take Benadryl prior to exercising!

                      you definitely have auto-immune derangement going on. I'd restrict eggs from your diet and also dairy and nightshades. How's your acid/base balance? Any other things you are eating that aren't paleo?
                      Yea my immune system is pretty wacked . I'm really not sure of my acid/base balance, but I do eat a lot of spinach/green vegetables and try and make my dinner and lunch as basic as I can. I am in the process of cutting back dairy and might just have to quit as you've mentioned. As far as eating things that aren't paleo, other than a couple small cheats (like maybe one small dessert a week) I'm solid. But I do eat a lot of eggs and spices. Dangit.

                      Thank you for the advice. I will DEFINITELY reformat my eating plan...even though cutting eggs will be difficult! I have books on alkalizing the body that I'll be pulling out later!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lizch View Post
                        You aren't imagining it, you DO have an allergy and one that is recognized:

                        http://allergies.about.com/od/anaphylaxis/a/eia.htm

                        You should take this seriously and NOT power through exercise ignoring your symptoms.
                        Thank you so much, for both the validation and the concern. I'm amending my previous response and saying that I will DEFINITELY stop the sprinting. Back to Kettlebell Swings for me!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
                          You can "tap" using your imagination when you are in public, BTW!

                          Having cleared my life-long asthma with EFT (pre-Primal and pre-vitamin D supplementation) I know that many so-called physiological ailments have an emotional trauma at the root of them--I see this with my clients every day. Sure, I could prevent my exercised-induced asthma attacks from using my inhaler--but that doesn't necessarily mean that my asthma attacks were caused by a physiological imbalance.

                          And asthma is life-threatening--as is anaphylaxis, so I agree with lizch! Just because it may have an emotional cause, doesn't make it any less real.

                          Address the inflammation issues mentioned by TheFastCat. Make sure your vitamin D level is optimal. Then, if you still aren't getting any relief from your symptoms try EFT. Or you could try EFT first--it won't hurt!
                          TAPPING IN THE MIND!??!?! You just made my day. I love the idea of EFT - thank you again . Looks like I'll be reading about EFT and Alkalizing the body today!

                          "Just because it may have an emotional cause, doesn't make it any less real." - I'm sorry, I didn't mean disrespect to emotional concerns! I definitely recognize the validity and seriousness of emotional stresses/disorders are just as serious as physiological ones!

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                          • #14
                            Thanks to everyone for the excellent suggestions!

                            DarthFriendly - I would have responded to you too, but I wasn't sure what your smartass little comment was in regards to . The fact that I'm crazy? Tell me something I don't know.

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                            • #15
                              "Just because it may have an emotional cause, doesn't make it any less real." - I'm sorry, I didn't mean disrespect to emotional concerns! I definitely recognize the validity and seriousness of emotional stresses/disorders are just as serious as physiological ones!
                              No apology necessary! I think you may have misunderstood me. I just wanted to underline the importance of what Lizch was saying and to explain that I didn't think it was "all in your head"--even if the original cause was early emotional trauma--the physical reality of anaphylaxis or asthma is not to be dismissed.

                              When you read more about EFT and the so-called "physiological" diseases that people have healed using EFT, you will understand what I mean! I have worked with clients with chronic fatigue, cancer, allergies, pregnancy nausea and seen the symptoms completely disappear with EFT. And yes, I have had my chronic eczema go away once I supplemented with Vitamin D--and no amount of tapping would budge it! So I am definitely in the camp of clearing both the physiological (nutrition/stress/lack of sleep) causes of dis-ease and the emotional ones (early trauma, generally.)
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