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While on the subject of my health, a question for the fitness minded [Nov. 7th, 2014|03:16 pm]
Here's something that's bugged me a bit.

Imagine this. I'm on my treadmill. I'm working pretty hard. It's a physical effort, right? And my heart rate is rising, but it's only at 148, 150 - and let's pretend that this is back in my 30s, just so you don't say "dude, you're going to be *50* soon enough".

It will start to hurt. Emotionally. I feel like I could just scream, or tantrum. I often wondered, how the *hell* did people *do* this? And I assumed it just had to get better. (It did, in the sense that the amount of energy I could expend to hit that point increased, but whether I was jogging at 5 mph or 6.8mph, once I hit that heart rate, I tended to have that reaction.)

It doesn't quite hurt *physically*. I mean, it definitely doesn't hurt physically. It's *uncomfortable* physically, but it's not like it's painful. And my body doesn't experience failure, okay? I can sometimes break into tears, or fly into a bit of a rage *and keep walking/jogging*, in no danger of missing a step. It hurts like deep disapproval of someone you dearly love and respect, like the whole world is crushing down on your soul, but I know my body hasn't reached a limit.

And again, *my heart rate isn't near the danger zone*. This is key. If my heart rate was at 180, hell yes, my body is screaming for oxygen, that's why I feel like that.

More importantly, when I hit 150 on my cardiac stress test, I felt this thing click, but none of the indicators they were reviewing showed so much as a blip that concerned them. The cardiologist said that *whatever* was affecting me, it was *not* my heart. So... let's just trust them. Because who opens themself up to huge malpractice suits if they're not 100% scientifically certain? And I kept going on the stress test until my heart hit the 170s. So, yeah, I still had capacity.

Could someone who's done heavy exercise over a time tell me if I'm right in calling this out as very strange? Military folks, or folks who were competitive athletes, or who trained as if for competition?

(Maybe this is a stupid question, but I'm feeling scared and a bit despairing, so I'm trying to think and analyze to ward off the emotional bogeymen.)

[User Picture]From: beaq
2014-11-08 01:02 am (UTC)
Is your oxygen monitored? Is there any chance you're holding your breath?
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2014-11-08 01:31 am (UTC)
I used an oxygen monitor for a bit - it showed no problems.

Does this mean you think the answer is "yes, that's unusual"?
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[User Picture]From: jhetley
2014-11-08 01:09 am (UTC)
You may be moving from aerobic to anaerobic exercise. I am not a physiologist . . .
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2014-11-08 01:33 am (UTC)
I don't think so - usually that triggers being short of breath. Body starts screaming it needs more oxygen. And I did use an oxygen monitor which showed my blood oxygen level was still in the normal range.
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[User Picture]From: txanne
2014-11-08 10:35 pm (UTC)
That has never happened to me, nor to anyone I've exercised with. It does strike me as being worth mentioning to the next medical professional you see.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2014-11-11 04:14 pm (UTC)
I have mentioned it - but mostly in context of my heart which tested perfectly, so it may have been ignored for that reason.

It is what most made me hopeful about the EEG, though... alas, I could only get the mildest repro of the issue when wired up. I hope it showed something.
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