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I've been having back pain. When someone pokes my back it hurts. What is it? And I'm an athlete and run cross-country.

I've been having back pain. When someone pokes my back it hurts. What is it? And I'm an athlete and run cross-country.

Back muscle spasms: Sounds like you may have muscle spasms in the muscles that surround the spine which can also irritate the nerves in that area. You may benefit from mild stretching and ibuprofen. However, if it persist you may need to see an MD and possibly get some PT. ...Read more

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Should I run cross-country if I am prone to stress fractures?

Should I run cross-country if I am prone to stress fractures?

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

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My daughter had been told she a scoliosis but she does not complain about it so can she still run cross-country at school?

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 more

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Is it possible for me to have orthostatic hypotension even though I run cross-country?

Is it possible for me to have orthostatic hypotension even though I run cross-country?

Orthostatic: Running cross-country and having orthostatic hypotension do not have to any intimate relationship as the hypotension may be related to an overactive vaso vagal reflex. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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 more

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I'm 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?

I'm 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

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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?

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 more

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Will running cross-country help my raynaud's syndrome?

Will running cross-country help my raynaud's syndrome?

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 more

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To lose weight and gain muscle, is it good to do burst training and cross-country running together?

Burst training : Yes, both of those forms of exercise can help build muscle and burn fat. Just be careful not to over do it. I have seen people develop rhabdomyolysis from doing extreme cross fit exercising. ...Read more

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What are some healthy ways to train to run a marathon in between cross-country and track season?

What are some healthy ways to train to run a marathon in between cross-country and track season?

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

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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?

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?

See a doctor: You need to see a podiatrist or sports medicine orthopedist so they can examine not only your knee but your ankles, feet.
Don't forget to take your shoes with you so they can be checked as well. ...Read more

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Almost every time I bend my knees, there is a painful crack. It started when I ran every day for high school cross-country. Is this symptom of running?

Almost every time I bend my knees, there is a painful crack. It started when I ran every day 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 a try 2 get a diagnosis & a treatment plan. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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 more

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Compartment syndrome vs. Stress fracture. Can both happen in training for cross-country running?

Compartment syndrome vs. Stress fracture. Can both happen in training for cross-country running?

Yes they could: That possibility could happened because strenuous early training could cause stress fracture and compartmental syndrome.
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My ankle bone kills after I ran a week of cross-country and still hirys to walk and run on, also its swollen and bruised what is it?

My ankle bone kills after I ran a week of cross-country and still hirys to walk and run on, also its swollen and bruised what is it?

Sprain/fracture: Either a severe sprain or fracture. Have it examined and x-rayed. Do not attempt to run again. Keep elevated. ...Read more

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My ankle bone kills after I ran a week of cross-country and still hirys to walk and run on, also its swollen and bruised. What is it?

My ankle bone kills after I ran a week of cross-country and still hirys to walk and run on, also its swollen and bruised. What is it?

See a doctor: If you have pain, swelling and bruising and if it is not improving you want to have it checked out. Perhaps the cartilage in your ankle joint got irritated, or you may have strained ligaments. You want to make sure you do not have a stress fracture- x-rays and other diagnostic tests can help determine that. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am in cross-country and for the last 5 days the bone under my ankle bone hurts and is swollen and bruised. What could it be. And also it hurts to walk and run on it.

I am in cross-country and for the last 5 days the bone under my ankle bone hurts and is swollen and bruised. What could it be. And also it hurts to walk and run on it.

Sprain/strain/stress: Running can cause micro -trauma in the form of ankle strains/sprains or stress fractures. The next step is to stop running, ice it (30 min on/30 min. Off) and get seen. Initial xrays may be negative so additional imaging may be needed (e.g. Mri or bone scan). ...Read more

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How many times should I cross train and run in a week?

How many times should I cross train and run in a week?

Running.: The surgeon general informs us to run on most days of the week, so perhaps five or six days per week would be great. Not seven days — give yourself a chance to rest. Start running 25 minutes per session, as you need at least 20 minutes of sustained heart rate elevation for the cardiovascular benefit, and build up from there as your tolerance for exercise improves. ...Read more

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Can I use Elliptical cross trainer for my workout. Because jogging and running are restricted? Is this machine is safe for disk herniated persons?

Can I use Elliptical cross trainer for my workout. Because jogging and running are restricted? Is this machine is safe for disk herniated persons?

Yes: Overall the elliptical machine is cardio machine that is low impact on the joints and back if done correctly. Swimming and water aerobics are other forms of low impact exercise that should be ok with herniated discs. ...Read more

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Can I use Elliptical cross trainer for my workout. Because u said not to do jogging and running? Is this machine is safe for disk herniated persons

Can I use Elliptical cross trainer for my workout. Because u said not to do jogging and running? Is this machine is safe for disk herniated persons

Elliptical use is OK: Using an elliptical machine is not likely to place more pressure on lumbar discs than standing. Disc pressure is thought to be highest when sitting and leaning forward. Adding reason to minimize sitting for prolonged periods and using good posture. In the absence of weakness, or numbness in the lower extremities, be as active as possible and strengthen your abdominal musculature. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm 16 and have been getting 10-12 day periods for about the last 4 months. I'm concerned if this is normal because I usually would only have them for 5-7 days. I feel more tired than usual and get sharp unexpected cramps when I run (I run cross count

Hi, I'm 16 and have been getting 10-12 day periods for about the last 4 months. I'm concerned if this is normal because I usually would only have them for 5-7 days. I feel more tired than usual and get sharp unexpected cramps when I run (I run cross count

Not normal: This change in your normal menstrual pattern is probably worth checking out with your primary care clinician. The fatigue may be due to anemia, a common finding with excessively long or heavy periods. Fortunately, if anemia is present, iron supplements are usually helpful. I would suggest having this evaluated. ...Read more

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I have had 4 straight ekg's state old septal infarct. Cardio wrote borderline EKG crossed out abnormal. I can bodybuild and run no problems.

I have had 4 straight ekg's state old septal infarct. Cardio wrote borderline EKG crossed out abnormal. I can bodybuild and run no problems.

Trust a human: Ekg's get read first by "artificial intelligence", which isn't anywhere as good as a perseon who knows anything. This pathologist has seen several machine-read ekg's that diagnose infarcts that just weren't there, period. If your cardiologist is good with your being an athlete, then ignore the robot-reader's nonexistent old mi. ...Read more

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