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I've been having back pain. When someone pokes my back it hurts. What is it? And I'm a athlete and run cross country.
It's your decision: Clearly, the risk is great. Sometimes the rewards of running feel great. If you do - do it very carefully with more caution about pacing, equipment, terrain, conditions, etc., etc. Here's a link: http://www.Kinetics360.Com/media/why_do_runners_get_stress_fractures.Pdf good luck! ...Read more
My daughter had been told she a scoliosis but she does not complain about it so can she still run cross country at school?
Matter of degrees: Scoliosis implies a bending or rotation of the spine off a perfect straight line. Many kids are found to have mild bending of 5-10 % and will never have health consequences from it & do well in sports if they desire to.Greater curves are either watched closely during growth, braced or may need a surgical fix. If your daughter was not sent for an orthopedic evaluation i doubt you need to worry. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I run cross country and track distance. Above my age level. I run a lot. Is a doctor on here suggested to look up patella femoral syndrome. Relation?
Runner's Knee: Runnerboy, i hope this helps...As a sports specialist, patellofemoral synd in some form is probably the most common knee problem i see in young athletes, especially runners. Typically it's felt behind the kneecap and is a stabbing pain. A good start would be getting on an icing program, 20 minutes 4-5 xs a day religiously. If it limits sports or there is swelling, see a sports specialist. ...Read more
My teenage son gets diarrhea every time he runs long distance. What should he do is he drinking too much or too little? Is he over working himself? This is the first time he has run cross country. Fyi
Hard to say: Not a common problem so i can only conjecture. I would suspect the vigorous exercise is disrupting his autonomic system enough that it causes diarrhea. The running and diarrhea can both cause loss of electrolytes so replacement is in order. Besides a simple exam/lab might have him see an acupuncturist for 3 sessions to see if that helped along with more gentle pacing regarding his running. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im 18 and im a runner who sometimes feel back pain and abdominal pain especially around my ovaries. I run cross country and track. Should I contact my doctor before the season begins?
Good idea: Your doctor may help you sort out the various pains and check you for serious problems. The provider may also guide you in ways to reduce or alleviate the pain. ...Read more
I feel my breathing seems shallow, as though I had just run a race along with giddyness. Is it the UC or the methotraxate inj. causing it. Advice.
Shallow breathing: You need to bring this to the attention of your doctor who will likely refer you a pulmonary doctor. ...Read more
I have alpha thalassemia trait. Are there programs I can do to train myself to run a race without passing out or getting too fatigued?
Like normal...: A person with Alpha thalassemia trait (two mutated Alpha chain genes and two normal) usually has no symptoms. You may be slightly anemic, but this should not affect your exercise performance. Perhaps if you were running ultra marathons in the alps you might see an effect, but otherwise you should be able to train normally and do great. Regardless of Alpha thal trait, stay hydrated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Cold temperatures are a main cause of raynaud's phenomenon, so cross country running can trigger symptoms. If a person has only mild symptoms, and can keep his hands, feet, face, and ears warm with the newest gadgets (such as heated gloves and socks), and he only runs on warmer days, he might be ok. If he is running in the winter, anything can happen. Vasospasm can occur during or after running. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Marathon Training: If you are between seasons, you should only run 3 days per week. Make the two shorter runs during the week and a longer run on the weekend. Make the shorter runs total to the distance run in the longer run. For Example, if your long run is 12 miles on Saturday, make the two shorter runs equal to 12 miles. Try to build up the long runs up to one 20 miler, increasing 2 miles per week. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more
If you got new shoes and just started cross-country, how can you tell if the shoes or the running is causing a knee pain problem?
Almost every time I bend my knees, there is a painful crack. It started when I ran everyday for high school cross country. Is this symptom of running?
Not a common problem: I would say if it happens when U run, ,U have found the aggravating factor. Now U need 2 Can oorthopedic surgeon an try 2 get a diagnosis & a treatment plan. ...Read more
Did cross country today and pushed myself to run as much as I could. I'm unfit and my chest hurt a little and my heart rate reached 176bpm is this bad?
Not necessarily.: The estimated maximum heart rate (eMHR) is 220-age, which is 204 bpm for you. You got up to about 85% of your eMHR. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends activity from 50%-85% of the MHR for at least 15 min. So, you got a good workout! If you didn't pass out & if the chest pain subsided, then there's no lasting problem. Keep exercising regularly, you'll get better (fitter) with practice. ...Read more
I was running and strained a muscle in my leg. Would it be okay to take pain killers an hour before i train for cross country?
Could get more hurt: Unfortunately if you strained a muscle the best route to longterm running health is to give yourself adequate time to recover. Taking pain killers in order to train is likely to lead to more injury from overuse. Good luck with recovery, and remember that the first rule of training is to remain uninjured so that you can continue to train! ...Read more
I just ended a season of cross country (3 months) and I'm relatively new to running. I recently noticed that my shin bones are hurting and I can't hop?
Stress reaction: There is a spectrum of stress reactions that can occur in the tibia in response to prolonged running all the way up to and including a stress fracture. I would rest it as much as possible and if does not get better quickly I would probably be seen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Daughter is 15, on cross country earlier this year but now struggles to run half a mile. Says heart feels "weak" when she runS. BP 122/90 + palpitatio?
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