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Workout Weirdness

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Lately I've been plagued by a lengthy bout of nasty allergies which have my eyes and nose running with periodic sneezing fits. I've been knocking off box after box of tissues...ugh!

Yesterday was particularly nasty. But I remembered something from times past when this has occurred: becoming physically active seems to quiet down the symptoms. So I tested this theory by heading out for our power walk together with a co-worker yesterday.

Sure enough, nary a sneeze or drip!

Get back to the office? The sneezy waterworks kick in.

I wondered about my plan to lift weights and do Spinning later in the evening. Sure can't Spin & sneeze at the same time!

But again, as soon as I started in with the strength training, which I do before Spinning (who wants to lift weights AFTER when you're a soaking mess?!) all the symptoms quieted down right on through my hour-long Spinning, with only a teensy runny nose nagging at me.

Finish up, head to the car to go home: BAM! The symptoms kick in again!

This has me wondering if I'm just weird or whether there is a medical explanation for this pattern.

Note to self: check in with Physician Assistant son...he gets all my medical questions! :-)


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ERLYWA 11/28/2013 12:27PM

    Wow...I have struggled with allergies all of my life and am so glad that I just happened across this blog today. When my nose/eyes get going the last thing I feel up to doing is exercising, but to read that it actually seems to shut down the allergic response for you really makes me want to fight through it next time and seeing if it works for me, too. Thanks for sharing this experience!

I have added you as a sparkfriend after seeing some of your encouraging messages to others in the new sparkteam I just joined this morning :)

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SASSYCHRIS1952 11/14/2013 4:36PM

    I hope you get to the bottom of the allergies emoticon

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WMUGRAD 11/13/2013 11:49PM

    Wow! I would have never thought of that! emoticon feel better

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_VALEO_ 11/12/2013 4:16AM

    What has you GP said about it? Seems like an allergy to something (work? lol). I hope you to find out what triggers this and get a treatment for.

Good luck!

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GHK1962 11/11/2013 2:46PM

    Hehe ... the part where you said, "This has me wondering if I'm just weird or whether there is a medical explanation for this pattern." ... if I had asked that of my wife she would have said BOTH! heh

Nevertheless, what did you find out?

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CHANGE4FIT 11/9/2013 10:04PM

    Sorry to hear about your dilemma, but I like Bill60's suggestion!
Hope the allergies dissipate soon!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/8/2013 8:00PM

    I'll be interested in what your son has to say, too. I have had the tendency to start sneezing after autumn races. Hadn't noticed it other times of year... but today... sneezed all the way home from work. Swam just fine last night... sneezies TODAY. Hmmmm!

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WATERMELLEN 11/8/2013 7:50PM

    I get sneezy and drippy as soon as the heat comes on inside house/office/car/gym: outside is better! Maybe a dust allergy from blowing hot air, I'm not sure (my house has steam radiators and it's not so bad at home).

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RACEWELLWON 11/8/2013 9:58AM

    It sees to me that allergies have been abundant this year. Sorry you suffer - keep us posted - would like to know the response from the PA. emoticon

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KANOE10 11/8/2013 8:03AM

    Hope you figure that out. It could have something to do with the heating/air system. I am glad exercise helps!

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HIPPICHICK1 11/6/2013 10:12AM

    Sounds like you have some indoor environmental allergies. It's not uncommon esp in bldgs that are old or when one is in an AC environment. I hope the issues get resolved quickly!

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MOTHEPRO 11/6/2013 6:30AM

    Interesting, at least you figured out how to avoid it.

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_LINDA 11/5/2013 11:43AM

    For me, I can't take air conditioning, gets the dribbles going right away. The air quality in most buildings that don't have open windows (or you have to close them because winter has arrived) is poor. The venting systems are usually clogged with dirt and mold and it is not cleaned nearly enough if at all. That was why the sick building issue made the news for a while.
But most normal gyms would have A/C too (mine doesn't so I am okay with them)
Will be most interested in finding out what the son has to say.

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L*I*T*A* 11/5/2013 11:28AM

    i would be interested in what your son has to say???!!!
sounds bit environmental to me ????
closed in spaces such as offices and car etc????
take care.........

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BKWERM 11/5/2013 11:00AM

    Obviously, you're allergic to work! emoticon

Hope you figure it out.

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DONNELDA22 11/5/2013 10:58AM

    Hope you find an answer to your sneezing fits. Let us know if you find some answers. Hope you are feel better soon. On things for sure, until you get an answer you're going to be getting a lot of exercise. emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/5/2013 10:23AM

    Keep us posted as to what his response is to your dilemma.

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OUTDOORGIRL71 11/5/2013 10:14AM

    Don at least you know you get your exercising in for the day. If it stops it you at least get relief for a short time. Hope you get better Prayers are there for you.

Try to have a good day.

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BILL60 11/5/2013 9:51AM

    That's a great way to a super healthy lifestyle.....exercise all the time to avoid the "Drips".

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