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I just got back from a pretty decent ride, just under 2 hours with a fair bit of climbing.

Legs felt really good that I managed to stand a lot and such.

But, since I got back about 2 hours ago, my chest feels really tight and kinda constricted too. Also, when I take a deep breath, I feel a little breathless, as ironic as it sounds. And, I feel like I'm about to cough too.

It's kinda odd.

No I don't have asthma. And, I've not been unwell for a fair amount of time too.

What's up with this? Thanks a bunch.

//Should I be worried?
 

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Could be a muscle strain, but I would not mess around. I'd go to the ER. How old are you? Most heart attacks could be prevented if not for people waiting around to see if it's nothing serious.
 

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I didn't think I had exercise induced asthma either, not until I explained the exact same symptoms to my doc. He said it doesn't matter if you ever had it as a kid, you have it now, so here's your inhaler. :)

Before I had just assumed that all the huffing and puffing I had been doing on the bike had sort of worn out my lung muscles. Nope.
 

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Hmm.. It's the first time I've had it actually. It's not asthma-like or so but well yeah, it was kinda odd.

ClassicSteel, I'm 23.
 

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I have the exact same thing happens to me sometimes. I also have asthma, but typically don't use my inhaler for these times since I only really notice it on deep breaths. Usually dust/mold/etc... sets off my asthma to where I need an inhaler 1-2x a month. Go to your doc and get it checked out though. If you have asthma and you have a worse attack, you'll really wish you had an inhaler.
 

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Hmm, you could develop asthma as an adult? Honestly, I didn't know that because what I thought was that if you had it, you'll already have known and it's not possible to develop it as an adult.

This is the first time I've felt it if it matters.

//I've done a few lung function tests in the last few years and my results are kinda above normal in terms of the function or something like that. The doc told me basically, it's a good thing.
 

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I have asthma. Those symptoms you described aren't asthma.

What's your age, weight, how much fat are you carrying on your gut, your diet, family history of heart disease, recent lipid panel results.

If it continues I'd say see the doctor tomorrow. I know you're not supposed to wait, but ER visits start at $500......cardiac workups and overnight hospital stays for observation is a whole lot more.

It's probably nothing though, if you're in good shape.
 

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heathb said:
I have asthma. Those symptoms you described aren't asthma.

What's your age, weight, how much fat are you carrying on your gut, your diet, family history of heart disease, recent lipid panel results.

If it continues I'd say see the doctor tomorrow. I know you're not supposed to wait, but ER visits start at $500......cardiac workups and overnight hospital stays for observation is a whole lot more.

It's probably nothing though, if you're in good shape.
I'm 23, weigh 125ish now that I've lost about 10lbs for some reason (another story from a previous thread) and have about 5-6%body fat.

I eat very healthy on most occasions. Well, my uncle had a heart attack or something like that before and another uncle had a balloon inserted into his valve (I believe it's called angioplasty surgery?) a few years back.

Over here where I am, ER visits are about $75 actually.

I think I'll get checked out just in case perhaps. Better than to keep wondering.
 

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Your symptoms could definitely be caused by exercise induced asthma. It is spring and there could be a pollen that is helping trigger it.

It could also be an STD. Were you and your saddle being intimate without protection?
 

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MikeBiker said:
Your symptoms could definitely be caused by exercise induced asthma. It is spring and there could be a pollen that is helping trigger it.

It could also be an STD. Were you and your saddle being intimate without protection?
No spring where I am. I've had sinus allergies for a long time and had a bad spell when I first got back here.

I first thought of the asthma thing too but then I recall having crazy track and field practices on so many occasions and there was absolutely nothing similar.

Also, I've done crazy anaerobic track intervals that leave my heart rate at around the 190s to low 200s but again, no such breathing problems.

The only times when I do have a sort of similar feeling is if I've been on antibiotics and I get back on the track but that's due to the meds/illness.
 

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uzziefly said:
Hmm, you could develop asthma as an adult? Honestly, I didn't know that because what I thought was that if you had it, you'll already have known and it's not possible to develop it as an adult.

This is the first time I've felt it if it matters.

//I've done a few lung function tests in the last few years and my results are kinda above normal in terms of the function or something like that. The doc told me basically, it's a good thing.
Yes, I developed it as an adult, so it's possible. Your body can apparently decide at any time that it's allergic to particles in the air. With our air getting more polluted every day, I'm surprised more people haven't developed asthma.

EIA (Exercise Induced Asthma) is difficult to diagnose with lung function tests unless you do a stress test of some kind at your doctor's office to set it off. Even then, if the air in your doctor's office is free of the allergens you are sensitive to, you may not have an attack at all.

Your symptoms sure do sound like what I experience with my EIA, and why my doctor gave me an inhaler. I tried to deny I really had asthma for a while, but the simple fact of the matter is that I don't have trouble breathing when I use the inhaler. Additionally, studies have shown that using an inhaler does not improve lung capacity or function in individuals (specifically cyclists) that don't have asthma.

As for saying it's psychosomatic, I took my inhaler before my race cross nationals. I had to drop out a half lap in from an asthma attack. Going through my race bag after my race, I realized my inhaler had been expired for six months. For my next race I used a current one. I didn't do great, but then again, I didn't have an asthma attack either. That's proof enough for me!
 

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Not to scare the hell out of you, but a friend had problems with breathing. She was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma. A bit of time went by, she woke up one morning coughing up blood. Turns out she had pulmonary embolism. She's fine now, but it was scary. She was in great physical shape (coaches the TNT Death Ride group in Marin) and had recently been on a cross country flight. Doc's figured she developed deep vein thrombosis in her leg, she brushed it off as muscle strain. The clot broke free and went to her lungs. She ended up on blood thinners for about a year, no cycling.

Go to the doctor.
 

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Yes, I developed it as an adult, so it's possible. Your body can apparently decide at any time that it's allergic to particles in the air. With our air getting more polluted every day, I'm surprised more people haven't developed asthma.

EIA (Exercise Induced Asthma) is difficult to diagnose with lung function tests unless you do a stress test of some kind at your doctor's office to set it off. Even then, if the air in your doctor's office is free of the allergens you are sensitive to, you may not have an attack at all.

Your symptoms sure do sound like what I experience with my EIA, and why my doctor gave me an inhaler. I tried to deny I really had asthma for a while, but the simple fact of the matter is that I don't have trouble breathing when I use the inhaler. Additionally, studies have shown that using an inhaler does not improve lung capacity or function in individuals (specifically cyclists) that don't have asthma.

As for saying it's psychosomatic, I took my inhaler before my race cross nationals. I had to drop out a half lap in from an asthma attack. Going through my race bag after my race, I realized my inhaler had been expired for six months. For my next race I used a current one. I didn't do great, but then again, I didn't have an asthma attack either. That's proof enough for me!
Hmm, thanks for an insight. Sounds like I might want to ask for a stress test maybe but like you said, it might not set it off. Additionally, the doctor should be able to advice on whether he suspects it is EIA or not.

Just not thrilled at the cost for this since it's gonna be an outpatient consult etc. Damn.

When was the first time you noticed your symptoms and when did you decide to go and get a check up?

//Damn, I sure hope it's not EIA. That would really suck.

///I kinda hope it's pneumonia to an extent or bronchitis because I've been coughing a lot for the past few weeks up till recently and my family doctor did say it could be that, especially since there was phlegm and that I should get an x-ray perhaps if it persisted.

So, I suspect that could be the underlying cause but yeah, I think it's definitely time I get it checked now. Thanks.
 

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I get that sometimes. For me is usually comes on the heels of a particularly long or hard ride, and passes in an hour or so. I probably have instances of it three or four times a year.

I used to get it sometimes after swim practice or rugby practice too.

I never worry about it as it isn't very severe, never happend DURING exercise, and goes away after an hour or so, tops.
 

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Could be the sudden crushing realization that MU opened the title chase wide open with its embarrassing 2-0 loss to the Cottagers.

uzziefly said:
I just got back from a pretty decent ride, just under 2 hours with a fair bit of climbing.

Legs felt really good that I managed to stand a lot and such.

But, since I got back about 2 hours ago, my chest feels really tight and kinda constricted too. Also, when I take a deep breath, I feel a little breathless, as ironic as it sounds. And, I feel like I'm about to cough too.

It's kinda odd.

No I don't have asthma. And, I've not been unwell for a fair amount of time too.

What's up with this? Thanks a bunch.

//Should I be worried?
 

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snapdragen said:
Not to scare the hell out of you, but a friend had problems with breathing. She was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma. A bit of time went by, she woke up one morning coughing up blood. Turns out she had pulmonary embolism. She's fine now, but it was scary. She was in great physical shape (coaches the TNT Death Ride group in Marin) and had recently been on a cross country flight. Doc's figured she developed deep vein thrombosis in her leg, she brushed it off as muscle strain. The clot broke free and went to her lungs. She ended up on blood thinners for about a year, no cycling.

Go to the doctor.
Well, that worked!!! Haha, nahh I'm not scared (in the way you thought I'd be at least).

Hmm, I've been on a long haul flight. I've had a calf pain recently, albeit, only this past week so perhaps it's just that instead of DVT.

Yup.. Thanks. I'd get a referral from my family doctor tomorrow morning.
 

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uzziefly said:
When was the first time you noticed your symptoms and when did you decide to go and get a check up?

//Damn, I sure hope it's not EIA. That would really suck.
I noticed them for the first time after the bad crash I was in that put me in the hospital for a few days. I was having trouble breathing when I started riding outdoors again. In the beginning, I thought I was just out of shape because I had been off the bike and recuperating. But when it didn't get any better when my fitness started coming back, I started to question why I was having breathing issues.

I was already going to my doctor's office regularly for thyroid function tests because of fatigue and weight gain, so I mentioned it to my doctor during one of my visits. From my symptoms, she indicated it may be EIA. They did some lung function tests, which were only slightly below normal (not something to be concerned about considering a recent pneumothorax), but I wasn't experiencing any symptoms at the time.

EIA is not that bad. It's a bit of a bother to try to remember my inhaler, but I don't always use it anyway. I usually only take it if I notice problems or prior to races to ensure that I don't have any.
 

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vonteity said:
I noticed them for the first time after the bad crash I was in that put me in the hospital for a few days. I was having trouble breathing when I started riding outdoors again. In the beginning, I thought I was just out of shape because I had been off the bike and recuperating. But when it didn't get any better when my fitness started coming back, I started to question why I was having breathing issues.

I was already going to my doctor's office regularly for thyroid function tests because of fatigue and weight gain, so I mentioned it to my doctor during one of my visits. From my symptoms, she indicated it may be EIA. They did some lung function tests, which were only slightly below normal (not something to be concerned about considering a recent pneumothorax), but I wasn't experiencing any symptoms at the time.

EIA is not that bad. It's a bit of a bother to try to remember my inhaler, but I don't always use it anyway. I usually only take it if I notice problems or prior to races to ensure that I don't have any.
Oh... Yeah, I have a friend who runs track and has asthma too. He uses his inhaler once in awhile.

Another friend also has asthma and is in track as well but he told me that he's not had to use his inhaler for many years now. I don't think his is EIA though since he would definitely bring it with him if it were right?

Now to just figure out if heading to the ER is the best bet or getting a referral to a pulmonary specialist is the better option (in terms of how fast I could get these tests/diagnosis).

If it matters, now, my chest does still feel a little 'heavy' for lack of words since I can't really describe it now. But, there are no breathing problems from what I can tell.

//I've also noticed that when I go on a ride and come back, my heart rate would still be rather high (90s or so) even after a few hours from the time I've been home. But, when I have track practice, this doesn't seem to be the case. Is this odd?
 

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Could be the sudden crushing realization that MU opened the title chase wide open with its embarrassing 2-0 loss to the Cottagers.
Damn you!!! Scholes got sent off!! But yeah, Fulham played with more conviction indeed and when United did ramp it up, Fulham's keeper, Schwarzer, was more than up to it.

Oh well, at least Chelsea lost too!
 
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