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What precautions should I take, or tests should I take before running a marathon?

What precautions should I take, or tests should I take before running a marathon?

Yes, definitely: Best to have a baseline health assessment and thorough examination/blood work, etc., prior to training for a marathon, let alone running one ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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I'm running a marathon and am having a lot of trouble keeping weight on. Any tips for healthy foods that keep my levels up? I weight between 120-125 and am nearly 5'9. I'm trying to maintain and not look like a skeleton!

I'm running a marathon and am having a lot of trouble keeping weight on. Any tips for healthy foods that keep my levels up? I weight between 120-125 and am nearly 5'9. I'm trying to maintain and not look like a skeleton!

nutritionist: Seek the help of a nutritionist and / or dietition. This way you get custom plan based on your specific needs. You may already have a high metabolic rate. You must consume more calories than you burn to gain, equal to maintain. The type (protein/carb/fat) is also a factor. Weight training will also help maintain muscle mass. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to die of cardiac arrest while running a marathon?

Is it possible for a person to die of cardiac arrest while running a marathon?

Yes: Always get medical clearance before attempting any new or significant physical activity. There are reports of people dying during marathons from cardiac problems. It can be a tremendous assault on the cardiovascular system. Train carefully and wisely and with a coach/mentor if possible. Listen to your body. Get medical clearance -- may need stress test. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was running a marathon and and towards the end my hands swelled up so big that I couldn't see my knuckles or close my hands. Why did this happen?

I was running a marathon and and towards the end my hands swelled up so big that I couldn't see my knuckles or close my hands. Why did this happen?

Energy shortage: And I mean cellular energy. Food has to provide the energy for its function, a very complex process that depends on the right fuel and an appropriate "engine" in each cell. The engines of the cell are mitochondria and you have to match energy production to consumption. The marathon was consuming energy that (for reasons within the affected cells) affected the hands because of inadequate energy. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on running a marathon with a cold? This will be my first one and have trained really hard for the past 21 weeks. Race is this sunday I'm on day 7 of the cold stuffy nose and cough

What are your thoughts on running a marathon with a cold? This will be my first one and have trained really hard for the past 21 weeks. Race is this sunday I'm on day 7 of the cold stuffy nose and cough

Consult Dr.: You don't want to jeopardize your health for a long period by challenging your immune system, etc. By running the marathon. You may be more susceptible to injury and other problems by running it. It is frustrating so I would talk to your Dr. Asap ...Read more

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Is it possible to get bruised knees and ankles from running a marathon? Could it perhaps be that the running tights is too tight?

Is it possible to get bruised knees and ankles from running a marathon? Could it perhaps be that the running tights is too tight?

Possibly but: Marathons are grueling on the body, and when you finish there can be bruises, pains, etc. Tights normally would not necessarily create the problem, unless they were some type of compression material that was actually cutting off some circulation. Be careful ...Read more

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Wasp sting on knee with moderate swelling, Running a marathon on Sunday. Should I see a doctor? Icing, taking benedryl, hydrocortisone cream now

Wasp sting on knee with moderate swelling, Running a marathon on Sunday. Should I see a doctor? Icing, taking benedryl, hydrocortisone cream now

Many: People with similar condition will be okay by what you are doing. However if swelling, redness persist or drainage develops evaluation will be indicated ...Read more

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I'm on a low fibre diet for a few weeks after a diverticulitis attack still have running poo is this ok. I still on antibiotics?

I'm on a low fibre diet for a few weeks after a diverticulitis attack still have running poo is this ok. I still on antibiotics?

Yes: It is ok.

You colon is still reacting and recovering from inflammation. This is a common finding.

Things, however, to be careful for. It should not be worsening. No fevers/chills. If the runny stool is pure water, that is concerning. If it is so much that it can dehydrate you, that is concerning.

Overall, if it is not slowly improving, see your doctor. If worse at any point, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is my daughter running a high fever and has been on an antibiotic for 4 days now?

Why is my daughter running a high fever and has been on an antibiotic for 4 days now?

Depends: If her fevers go away with meds and she otherwise looks ok, it is probably viral. Viral infections do not go away with antibiotics at all. They just have to "run it's course". If fever is not decreasing by day five or if your child looks bad even when not having a fever, check with your doctor. There are other things that could be causing it as well. ...Read more

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My daughter has been running a fever of up to 101 for 11 days off and on. We have been on an antibiotic since last Friday and while the fever has finally subsided, she has developed a nasty cough. We have been doing breathing treatments of Xopenex and her

My daughter has been running a fever of up to 101 for 11 days off and on. We have been on an antibiotic since last Friday and while the fever has finally subsided, she has developed a nasty cough. We have been doing breathing treatments of Xopenex and her

Call your doctor: If you have fever and you don't feel better after five days of antibiotics, please contact your doctor for a followup visit, especially if there are new symptoms. With a new cough, a chest X-ray may be in order. ...Read more

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I have a 4 year old that was running a fever and says her ear hurts I am taking her to the dr do you think they will put her on an antiobiotic,?

I have a 4 year old that was running a fever and says her ear hurts I am taking her to the dr do you think they will put her on an antiobiotic,?

If they find a need: The ear pain and fever may or may not represent a condition that needs an antibiotic. Some ear pain is just pressure, or a virus, but could also be a true bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Why am so bloated after running a half marathon?

Why am so bloated after running a half marathon?

Hard to say: Depends on a number of things. You may have let yourself dehydrate, and now your body is hanging on to water until things equilibrate. What did you eat beforehand - did you "carbo load" and with high fiber? A marathon his high stress and leads to cortisol release which may cause water retention as well. Whatever it is, it will resolve with time. ...Read more

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Should I be running a half marathon whilst suffering from cluster headaches?

Should I be running a half marathon whilst suffering from cluster headaches?

I wouldn't run: One if you are in the middle of a cluster headache. If you have been training regularly at this distance & you are headache free at that time - that would be a different issue. Recommend you discuss with your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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I have recently started parkrun and want to know the best way to start running training. My goal is endurance would like to target doing half marathons and full marathons.

I have recently started parkrun and want to know the best way to start running training. My goal is endurance would like to target doing half marathons and full marathons.

Gradual & consistent: How often do you do the park runs? It is best to to start gradually and increasing your mileage consistently. Start with e.g. 2.5km 3x weekly, with a 5km over the weekends, then 5km 3x weekly then 10km over the weekends. You can try running at the Races over the weekends for added motivation. JHB races are almost always over weekends. Check with you local Sport Shop for dates. ...Read more

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I have pain in my left hip since running long distance. I have a half marathon on 28th of this month what should I do?

I have pain in my left hip since running long distance. I have a half marathon on 28th of this month what should I do?

Have it evaluated.: Skip the half marathon and get the hip evaluated by an orthopedist. You do not want to make the problem worse by ignoring it. ...Read more

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Is preparing and running full marathon once a year harmful for the heart. Asking because we saw a death in a local marathon.

Is preparing and running full marathon once a year harmful for the heart. Asking because we saw a death in a local marathon.

Marathon: First, get a complete cardiac check up by your physician. If all is well, then go ahead with preparation for the marathon run. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is age 21 too young to begin running marathons? I've heard my cartilage may be affected in the future. What is an "appropriate" age?

Is age 21 too young to begin running marathons? I've heard my cartilage may be affected in the future. What is an "appropriate" age?

You should be fine: Need to train and practice proper nutrition at any age. You may want to join a marathon training group or club to help. Also, consider cross training- bike, swim, yoga, etc. ...Read more

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I am out of running for while now but I want to prepare for marathon next year. When ever I start running my knee starts paining badly please help?

I am out of running for while now but I want to prepare for marathon next year. When ever I start running my knee starts paining badly please help?

See specialist: See a sports medicine specialist and orthopaedic surgeon, and possibly a podiatrist, in that order. It may require strengthening exercises, orthotics, different shoes, modification of your gait / stride / body position, or even surgery, or a combination of these to treat your problem. However - proper treatment starts with the correct diagnosis. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I'm about to start training for my first marathon. I've done 3 half-marathons so far. How should I approach nutrition alongside my running training?

I'm about to start training for my first marathon. I've done 3 half-marathons so far. How should I approach nutrition alongside my running training?

High protein diet: Muscle stress will be severe. Will need to enhance your protein intake. Need good intake of salt and minerals (leafy green vegetable, dried fruits, fruit/vegetable juices) with carbohydrate loading starting 2-3 d prior to a race. Carbohydrate loading for training and during runs can be very helpful. As a woman be careful of just water loading. Recommend use of gatorade-type fluids, high salt diet. ...Read more

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I am noticing constant pain running down the outside of one leg since I started marathon training?

I am noticing constant pain running down the outside of one leg since I started marathon training?

Over training???: Need to monitor your body to not over do or over train. The pain can be from several issues, including the need for better, newer running shoes. If this problem does not resolve with rest, contact an orthopedic specialist ...Read more

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I had trochanteric bursitis last year while training for a marathon. Just started running again. How can I prevent recurrence?

Stretching: Has to do with tight it band. Can be related to running technique, pelvic motion, etc. Usually an injection and pt for aggressive stretching will allow return to activities. ...Read more

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I was 16 weeks into my training fir my first marathon when I broke my wrist, race is in 4 weeks, can I still run it, or will running effect healing?

I was 16 weeks into my training fir my first marathon when I broke my wrist, race is in 4 weeks, can I still run it, or will running effect healing?

Run it: Properly casted this should not be a problem. If your arm movement feels off due to the weight of the cast, try equalizing the weight on the other hand by carrying something or wrapping on something of similar weight. Your pace might change slightly, but no big problem. Simply do not fall on it. Should be no risk for healing, but be sure to check with the Orthopaedic MD. Good Luck. Start slow!! ...Read more

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I run marathon and exercise 3 4 times a week. I was in taquicardia and did successful ablation two months ago. Can I continue running? This sport is.

I run marathon and exercise 3 4 times a week. I was in taquicardia and did successful ablation two months ago. Can I continue running? This sport is.

Review with your: Cardiologist. As you haven't provided enough information to adequately guide you. You haven't mentioned what your tachycardia was, like atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter or something else. Tachycardias don't necessarily mean you can't exercise but you may need to modify the volume and/or intensity of it based on your respective heart issues. ...Read more