Ok, so I am very good about hydrating, but this is what happened. I mostly run in the mornings before school and durring the day i drink up to 5 poland spring bottles of water, and one mixed with gatorade. But on saturday I went for my normal 2-3 mile run in the morning darnk and ate then went to work i was about 12 i got my normal post-run stomach ache, but then i got really dizzy and passed out before i got to the bathroom. Was taken away to the hospital, they did tests and i was there for 2hours, and they told me i was just dehydrated. But how can that be when i drink so much in a day? Now i'm kind of scared to go on run over 3 miles. anyone have any advice??
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Sounds all well and good. But how come this does not happen to everybody else? A "normal" post run stomachache? Never. Not normal. Your training program is not all that rigorous. You don't say if you eat anything in the morning. I would talk to a doctor. I usually have a Yogurt (no brand names, I am not selling anything)prior to putting in 5-6 miles and drink about equal or less than you do. I realize everyone is different, but this is not right.
i totally agree with beerpace. a post run belly ache after a few miles? you may need to get medical attention re. your symptoms because i have never heard of that type of chronic discomfort after a run. what are you eating? i usually eat a wheat toast with peanut butter after my morning 5-6 mile run & i sometimes may have the feeling of hunger but never an ache. happy running.
I'm in agreements with them as well. The one thing that you don't mention that does effect me is what I eat the night before a very difficult workout. With that being said, whats a "hard" workout for me might be a cake walk for others. Either way, I need to eat certain foods 1-2 hours before (for optimal performance) along with certain foods the night before. Maybe, just maybe, this is something to consider.
One other thing with dehydration, once you start to feel the first symptoms of it you're already way into it. Prevention is sooooo important, I live a quarter mile from the sun here in south florida and it's a daily part of life for any athlete (or gardner, roofer, mechanic, linesman, surveyer, you get the idea) in this area.
I dont eat anything before my morning run because when I eat something right before my run I have bad stomach aches while I run rather then after i run. So i go for the stomach ache after I run. I cant ever find foods that work for me or there might be something worng with me. But I have always had them and I kinda just try to deal with them.
WRT your Dr not doing anything about it... get a new doc. Talk to running friends or call your ins company and find a new doc that either runs or has patients that are runners.
a 2-3 mile run is (for most runners anyway) not a big deal and I have had an occasional upset stomach after a run, it is usually a 10+ mile run (in AZ heat/90+ deg) or a 5 mi run at a race pace (85%-90% max heart rate). Note that I have never puked as a result of a running-upset stomach, I eat some pretzels, sports drink, cold water and sit down for a little bit and then the hunger hits and I eat a bagel, a burger, or a pizza.
Find a doc that understands what running does to a body and is willing to try and help you figure out what is causing your illness after running.
Ok, so I am very good about hydrating, but this is
what happened. I mostly run in the mornings before
school and during the day i drink up to 5 poland
spring bottles of water, and one mixed with gatorade.
But on Saturday I went for my normal 2-3 mile run in
the morning drank and ate then went to work i was
about 12 i got my normal post-run stomach ache, but
then i got really dizzy and passed out before i got
to the bathroom. Was taken away to the hospital, they
did tests and i was there for 2hours, and they told
me i was just dehydrated. But how can that be when i
drink so much in a day? Now i'm kind of scared to go
on run over 3 miles. anyone have any advice??
I am an EMT at Grand Canyon. I also am very active as well. I have seen alot a cases of hyponatremia. Have you heard of it? It's when you over water your body causing electrolytes to dip down into a very deadly stage. Although you maybe feel like you are hydrated this can actually cause dehydration by flooding your body. Therefore causing precious minerals in the body to be so over watered they are not used properly. It also causes stomache cramps, nausea, vomiting and altered mental status or death! In order to stop this deadly event you MUST eat!! Gatorade is good but it's not the fuel your body needs for a workout. Eating an hour or so before a hard workout is key. They now make great electrolyte products such as Clif shots and bloks. And although most of us don't eat salt, we need it to keep our body functioning properly. A handful of salty nuts is a good source plus the good fat! More energy for that run. A good way to tell if your drinking to much water is bloating and loss of energy. You may feel thirsty enough to down a bunch of water but sipping on electrolyte drinks would be much beter. Also gaining a few pounds is a good indicator, especailly if your not eating much. Good luck and stay healthy!!
I have experienced very similar symptoms as you have described, however, I have never been taken to the hospital. I have been on runs where I get a severe cramping, and it feels like I am going to get sick (throwing up or otherwise). In addition, I can get extremely dizzy, where I have a difficult time walking straight. At times, I have had to sit down immediately, and lower my head. If I have the luxury of being near home, I immediately lie down, and it takes every ounce of energy to stay awake. Basically, I feel like my body instantly gets exhausted, and I get very neaseaus. Most people look at me like I am crazy when I explain it to them, but it happens. It primarily occurs after short runs (3 mi- and times shorter). Usually it is in the morning, but not always. I have not been able to find a pattern of what is affecting it (hydration/ food/ tiredness/ etc). I will take into consideration these suggestions, and others would be appreciated!
I have to say that I completely disagree with the fainting episode being related to antioxidant depletion. There is simply no biochemical or scientific rationale for such a claim.
I don't know you but these are the questions that I would ask:
How long was the run and how did you hydrate during it?
How long did you go without eating after breakfast and the fainting episode?
Did your labwork show dehydration? You will need to know your blood electrolyte levels and the serum osmalality to diagnose dehydration.
What were your blood glucose levels after the episode?
Are you undereating in general as some fainting episodes can be related to too little food in general.
You should have cardiac testing because a heart related problem MUST be ruled out. That is the most important thing.
I hope this helps...
Lori Stevens, RD, LDN
It sounds like you had a hypoglycemic episode. What was your glucose level at the hospital? It was probably normal by then because you liver kicked in and started putting glucose into the blood stream.
About the stomach aches....it is common for runners to have more stomach issues than a nonrunner. Unless you are having other symptoms(nausea, vomiting, fever/chills, wt loss, diarrhea, presence of blood, severe pain....) and they are getting worse, I would not overly worry about it. If you are primarily a mouth breather, you may just be swallowing a lot of air while you run.
i don't know what it was but i do know that the conclusion was that i was really dehydrated, and i do get one of those symptoms after running with the stomach aches, and i also breath through my mouth when i run.