Cranquis: So you really can’t think of any reason why your lower back and thigh muscles would’ve just started hurting all of a sudden this morning?
Teenaged girl: No.
Mother: But tell him about your new exercise program, though.
Cranquis *internal monologue*:
Girl: Well, I got an exercise bike for Christmas, and…
Cranquis: And this weekend you rode it for the first time.
Cranquis: How far?
Girl: 25 miles.
Sir, you’ve been doing the P90X workout regimen for the past year, which is the same amount of time that your “whole body hurts every morning when you wake up.”
You’ll excuse me if I’m not quite as concerned as you are.
Especially since you haven’t tried backing off on the workout, or taking ibuprofen, or doing ANYTHING about it, really.
Hmm — Well, that’s a lot of information, Shaky Sea Lion, but I’m not sure that it’s all relevant. I don’t know what to make of your “ear/exercise thing”, and I don’t think your anaphylactic history or your uncle’s cerebral aneurysm are connected to your recent exercise-related tachycardia (rapid pulse/heart rate).
I’d be curious to know just how fast was your “very fast” pulse. Yes, deconditioning from not exercising recently could make you get worn-out sooner than normal — but if your pulse was more than ~150 beats/minute, I’d start wondering about a cardiac arrhythmia such as supra-ventricular tachycardia. You should discuss that with your doctor, and possibly get a “stress EKG” (an EKG done while you run on a treadmill to see if exercise makes your heart start going too fast).
Good luck, thank you, and you’re welcome! :)
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Well, Healthy Horse, I like how you slipped that “small” detail in at the end of your question — yes, Type 1 Diabetes complicates LOTS of things. Not the least of which, diabetic people have a much harder time avoiding and dealing with infections. Is his diabetes under good control? Because running a “tight ship” on his blood sugars should help him be a little less susceptible against infections.
Things to could help him get sick less often (or at least, less severely):
Hope that helps. Oh, re: “is it safe to work out while fighting a chest cold?” — I’d say “Yes, within reason”. I’d avoid running 5 miles in a blizzard in that scenario, but steady walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes could help mobilize phlegm out of the lungs, prevent pneumonia, and improve blood circulation. But if any activity is making him short of breath or exhausted, STOP.
Good luck! :)
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Absolutely, Immaculate Contraception! (Hey, how come none of the birth-control pills have used this catchphrase in their ad campaigns yet? I CALL politically-incorrect DIBS!!!)
You have a couple options:
1) Eat everything in sight until you weigh over 500 pounds. At that point, your chances of getting pregnant will drop drastically. (Oh, wait, you still want to enjoy sex… never mind then.)
2) Focus on abdominal toning exercises, so that you can do massive tummy crunches right after sex and just SQUEEZE all the sperm out…
Ok, I’m done with the silly answers. Sorry, couldn’t resist. :)
Well, I don’t have any good/healthy “diet and exercise” contraception options for you. In general, women who exercise very strenuously (Olympic athletes, etc) or eat very poorly (anorexics) will stop having menstrual cycles. NOT GOOD OPTIONS for reliable non-hormonal birth control. I don’t know of any magical foods or exercises which will make you non-fertile. (And let’s not even go into the “types of exercises that could bring on a miscarriage”, ok?! *shudder*)
Have you looked into getting a diaphragm or cervical cap? Or using a spermicidal foam? Or using a “timing” method by using OTC ovulation-timing kits, to determine if you’re not fertile before sexy times? I understand your issues with hormonal birth controls — they can be brutal on migraines for some people.
The WomensHealth.gov website has great summaries of the contraception methods available, so check that out too (As of today 4/22/11, the website is having server problems, but it usually works!). Good luck!
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Hello, Loopy Lutropin! Thanks for reading!
Yeah, the female menstrual control system is a sensitive beast — and more for some women than for others. Exercise, emotional stress, changes in diet/sleep — many things can impact the hormonal balance and cause increased or decreased menstrual symptoms.
However, your chances of having “swings” in your menstrual cycle are greater if your hormone levels are “borderline” at baseline, or if you have anatomic abnormalities (such as a benign fibroid in your uterine wall). I’d recommend getting an evaluation with an OB-GYN physician. Perhaps a low-dose oral contraceptive could help regulate things for you. Good luck!
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