Hi, I don't run often but am starting to train for Marine Corps boot camp. I'm not overweight, I eat healthy, don't smoke, lift weights 3 times a week, and walk 6+ miles every day.
Now after I run about 1.5 miles, I seem to wheeze. I believe I have post nasal drip because I always seem to have excess mucus in the back of my throat, so I'm wondering if this might cause it. The symptoms seem to dissipate after 10-15 minutes of rest after running. I experience no chest tightness either.
Could this be caused by post nasal drip or not being used to running, or does it have to be asthma?
A little information that might help: I was born 3 months premature and has asthma until the age of 4. My doctor claims I don't have it anymore, but it might be exercise induced. I honestly hope it isn't because then I'll be disqualified for military service.
I can run 1.5 miles at a very decent pace, but because I live in San Francisco, it's always cold. When I've run on the on some weekends track, I feel no wheezing, tightness of chest, nothing, and when I run in decent 65-80 degree weather, I'm fine, but yesterday, it was probably 50 degrees if that, and very windy, and after I ran, I felt fine until I got home, whereas I started wheezing and was very congested. I noticed I was coming down with a cold, but I've gotten similar symptoms in the past when I've run in cold weather - no tightness of chest and can breathe in deeply, I just feel a bit congested and wheezy once I come inside from the run, and after taking a hot shower, it pretty much goes away. I was thinking it could be because of the sudden change from colder air to hotter air when I walked inside after the run (it was probably 85 degrees inside from the heater, whereas it was around 50 outside). I notice that I always have an excess amount of mucus in the back of my throat (at all times), and take Flonase for it, but it does nothing, and I'm wondering if the cause for wheezing could be due to the fact that in colder air, the mucus might drip into my lungs causing the congestion and thus wheezing.
Note that in any other physical exercise; lifting weights, 30 minute stationary bike ride, P90X hour long cardio workout, I experience no wheezing or congestion. Also note that today, I went for a 1.5 mile fast jog and experienced no issue afterwards.View Thread
I've read that in studies, Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil reduce inflammation from asthma. I took 2 tablets yesterday morning and ran a mile and a half a couple hours later, and experienced no wheezing whatsoever.
Do you think there's any hope that it's not Asthma?View Thread
I've ready some interesting studies that link EIA to an imbalance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids. I believe that I might suffer from mild EIA (symptoms only occurs after running more than a mile), and I'd like to enlist in the military next year - yet unfortunately any form of asthma, mild to moderate after my 13th birthday is an automatically disqualification (I'm 17 going on 18 now). If I were to take Fish Oil tablets every day, do you believe that this could greatly reduce the symptoms I get, assuming it is in fact EIA? After a year or so of continued exercise, good diet, and once-a-day fish oil supplements, do you think my EIA symptoms might be all but alleviated?
Furthermore, I cannot use any supplements in boot camp, so do you think that assuming the fish oil reduces my symptoms (assuming it is EIA), once I get to boot camp and cannot take the fish oil, would these symptoms return? After boot camp I am allowed to take fish oil (and any other legal supplement). I have a burning desire to serve my country in the military and I do not want my chances to be ruined by something that really doesn't effect me at all.