They finally got to the root cause of my breathlessless issues and chest pain. Wednesday I was diagnosed with acute DVT, I have blood clots from my calf to the top of my leg and they said it's probably been around quite a long time. Absolutely can't believe it, and neither could they as I had been training almost every day.
It became apparent after doing squats and calf raises in the gym, my calf swelled up really big! When anti-inflammatories, ice and raising my leg made no difference I phoned the Doctors and from that point on was diagnosed a few hours later in hospital. I am now on anti-coagulants.
Thanks for your past help everyone, really appreciate it. Am just frustrated that it took several trips to the Doctors to finally get it sorted. I was wrongly diagnosed or suspected of having a whole range of things including bleeding gums, muscular issues, Exercise Induced Asthma, Coelic Disease, Blood deficiencies and even diagnosed as having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome!!
It hasn't been a good year but when I'm over this I am going to train real hard to get back to where I was!
The last couple of weeks I've ran a hilly little 5.4 mile route three times and each time I've knocked off 2 minutes (43, 41 and 39 mins). I think I am on the mend, and each run is gradually feeling more enjoyable again. By 'enjoyable'....only last month I was starting to seriously go off running and I was thinking about giving it up.
Anyway, since the start of May I've now gone from only being able to run half a mile to running 5.4 miles and feeling great again, despite still having a way to go yet. Although I did have a couple of occasions of being able to run fairly well, that wasn't the norm!
What seemed to work was taking a month off running (couple of small runs) as well as taking Iron and other supplements and improving my diet.
Lars, yes I 'was' slowly getting better, did 8 miles without too much trouble at a reasonable pace last week. BUT....I then go and join a boxing club (just for the bag work and excellent circuits they do) and strained a muscle around my ribs, so now I can't do anything at all - just breathing hurts!
The GP said because of the injury my blood levels won't be normal but he gave me some strong painkillers (very much needed!) and said he'd be happy to check my blood levels out in a few weeks if I have any problems with my fitness.
I'm gaining leg and upper body strength from doing weights again so I'm okay there, and I don't have any other issues.
I think it might be asthma, last night I did some intervals and it felt like the air was very thick and I was using a lot of energy to breath. I wasn't wheezing, but after the workout I noticed my chest did perhaps feel a little tight.
Hi, I'm 42 and have been running consistently for the last 6 years and the last few years my performances have been 5k - 18:47 and 10k 39 mins etc. Up until my Marathon several weeks ago I was running well, 4-5 mile reps at 6 min/mile pace and doing good tempo and long runs. After my Marathon, that I completed in 3:23, I am finding it really hard to run at all. Despite feeling healthy and fit, although do feel a bit tired, for the last few weeks I'm getting massively out of breath just running one mile at a steady pace. I've noticed even at rest I am breathing more than usual. The thing is, before this issue my breathing was always pretty light, in fact I've had a few people ask me "are you breathing?" when I've been running. Three weeks ago I started topping up my iron levels in case I have an issue with that but I haven't seen any improvement. Does anyone have any ideas or has anyone experienced this? I'm wondering if I should see my Doc, however I'd feel pretty stupid asking about a fitness issue when I otherwise feel fine.