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#1 amberjolie

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 12:32 PM

Just wondering if anyone else gets this...I get very dizzy while working out. All the time, every time. It's like brain fog to the max. When I was being tested for lung issues, I figured I must have some sort of lung disease or pulmonary hypertension to get that sort of thing happen. But everything came up okay. So I'm just wondering now why I get so dizzy when I work out (been going on for years), and if anyone else on this forum gets that?

Just thought of it today, because I haven't really been doing much the past while, but today went for a nice fast walk. But got very dizzy, then when I was finished my walk, the dizziness continued and even started up with a bit of a headache (but I'm wondering if that's because the air was a little brisk and my ears got cold).

Any thoughts?

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 08:58 AM

Hi amber,

Are you taking any blood pressure medication, by chance?

Hopefully, you will mention this to your doctor when you are next seen.

Keep us posted please?
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Posted 30 October 2009 - 10:30 AM

That was my thought too...how is your blood pressure?
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Posted 31 October 2009 - 02:21 AM

Hi! No blood pressure medication associated with this. Didn't take meds when it was happening for years before, and not taking bp meds right now because they mess up my menstrual cycle (Nice!)

However, having said that, I've always been a person who's had blood pressure on the lower side. When I was pregnant, I recall one of the readings being something like 95/60. I don't get that low now, but for some reason I'm thinking my last check at a pharmacy was something like 105/80? I should check it again to see.

Yes, I will definitely bring it up at the rheumatologist. Seeing him in about a week and a half. Got my list of questions. :)

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 05:50 AM

It's good you have an appointment with a rheumatologist. I wish it was a bit sooner for you.
In the meantime, you may want to stop the particular exercise you are doing that causes dizziness...until you see the doctor?
...Because it's possible you could fall and hurt yourself! ...Just sayin'...

Let us know how your appointment goes, for sure.
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Posted 31 October 2009 - 06:49 AM

Hi Amberjolie

Just a thought but are you on any medication for Raynaud's as my BP has also always been on the low side & bizarrely the consultant at The Royal Free Hospital considered putting me on a medication that would possibly help Raynaud's but would have reduced my BP even further. :wacko: Fortunately she didn't as she thought I would end up being dizzy & possibly fainting (I'm not the sort of person that faints very often!! ;) )

When I was fully fit I often used to work out to the point where I felt dizzy or sick; I think I just pushed myself a bit too far in the anerobic zone........needless to say I can't do that any more now!! :huh:

I do hope you're able to get some satisfactory answers from your rheumatologist. :)

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#7 amberjolie

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 02:05 PM

Hi Joelf - no medication for Raynaud's right now, so that wouldn't be it.
Hi debonair susie - stop the particular exercise that causes dizziness...hee, hee - that would be walking! :blush:
That's what's so ridiculous about it. It's not even anything massively high impact. Just fast walking. I guess I should make it a more leisurely stroll until I can find out more about it!

Thanks for all your responses!

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 08:35 AM

Leisurely would be good, amber!
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Posted 02 November 2009 - 09:48 AM

Hi Amber,

I guess when they did lung tests that included lung function? The one where they test the exchange of gasses? (You blow into a tube.) When I've been low on the test I've been a bit light headed during exercise.

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 12:46 PM

Hi Charliehorse,

Yup, they did that blow into a tube thing. I did one test while riding a stationery bike until utter muscle exhaustion (I don't like that one), and then a couple where I blew into tubes at different speeds and so on. Can't exactly remember all of them. But I'm scheduled for repeat tests in February (I guess even though I was okay, they like to test again to make absolutely sure, then they'll probably do it every year or so just to check.)

So as far as I know my lungs are okay.

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 02:31 PM

Hi Amberjolie,

Oddly enough, dizziness during exercise is very common, even in totally healthy people. You can google on "dizziness during exercise". Since they've ruled out the really bad possible causes, you can check with your doctor and see if they can reassure you that you have a benign form of dizziness during exercise.

Some possible causes for that include, not eating or not eating enough before exercising, dehydration, moving too quickly, improper breathing (like breathing too deeply and too fast, or too shallowly, or holding your breath), or just doing too much too soon without giving our bodies time to gradually build up endurance. Plus the weather can also be a factor, as well.

Thus the simplest measures might reduce it, such as eating something nourishing beforehand; drinking water before during and after; slowly building up to a reasonable pace, not overdoing it, and attention to breathing patterns (neither too much nor too little).

So, take it a little easier, and discuss it with your rheumatologist. See if they have any more ideas or whether all your basic systems -- heart, lungs, blood work are all good to go (such as, no anemia). If they are, then you can begin a slower paced exercise program, building up more gradually and have a plan in place for how to handle dizziness.

I have dizziness due to orthostatic hypotension (when I stand up, my blood pressure goes down) which was diagnosed by tilt table testing. But notably this is not just during exercise, it can be with the silliest things, like just standing up or standing up too long. Anyway, it is certainly bothersome but definitely not fatal. So part of my plan for dealing with it is to simply sit down at the first sign of it.

It doesn't matter where I am -- stores, parking lots, meetings, you name it, I'll plop straight down on the floor if I have to. That might make a bit of a scene, but that's nothing to the scene that would be made if I passed out cold and knocked my head on something! So once I was in a department store and very suddenly sat on the floor, and the woman next to me looked alarmed. But my husband is entirely used to it and totally nonplussed. He turned to the lady and said, oh don't worry, she does that all the time!

Like, it was a pleasant little hobby or something. :blush:

So, what I'm saying is, no matter what is causing it, develop a plan for dealing with it that will prevent total collapse.
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 04:47 AM

Hi Shelley,

Thanks for the suggestions. I eat throughout the day, and usually before I go out for a walk, so that's not it, and I try to drink plenty of water (with dry mouth, possible Sjogren's, I find I'm drinking a lot more water than I used to). Maybe I'm just not building up in effort; I tend to go full out right at the beginning because I don't have much time to be able to work out. So maybe that's it. Although I tried a "leisurely" walk a few days ago (boy that pace was hard to maintain because I tend to want to go faster), I still felt kind of dizzy, although not nearly as much as before. Never had a problem with iron every time I've had a blood test that included it, or when I used to give blood they would check the weight of a blood drop and it was never bad. Maybe I'm just like you - just get dizzy.

I see the rheumatologist on Monday, so I'll be mentioning it.

Thanks!

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 11:11 AM

I have also had this for years. For most of my life my resting BP was 80/50. Generally exercise, standing up, sitting down, stopping an activity abruptly all makes it worse. My BP has gone up (thank goodness) as a result of a number of medications and is now more like 90 to 100/60 to 70. From what I have been told your levels of various neurotransmitters have to change rapidly when you start an activity, if your PB is typically low anyway, and your body does not adjust quickly, you get dizzy. If you do a search on Dysautonomia (autonomic dysfunction) you will find various references to this problem. Inappropriate pupil dilation is one of the more interesting symptoms that has the added effect of making doctors think you are a drug addict.
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 12:34 PM

Ok, well saw the rheumatologist today and he essentially just said my lung function and exercise tests were fine, in fact my lung capacity is better than expected. So I guess I just get dizzy while exercising. No particular reason given. And he took my blood pressure, so if it was abnormally low, I'm sure he would have commented on that.