Ears blocking when lifting due to pressure; how to prevent it.

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    Apr 01, 2008 5:07 PM GMT
    I don't get this and its annoying. Every time I lift, my ears block as if I where on an airplane. They don't do it while I am doing cardio ONLY lifting. They stay like that for a good hour or two after I am done too. Does anyone know if this is normal and more importantly if it can be stopped?
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    Apr 01, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    Its sounds like you are not breathing. by not breathing you are forcing air into your ears.
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    Apr 01, 2008 7:08 PM GMT
    On the contrary, I get it from cardio. I feel it has to do with a possible drop in blood pressure from the blood going to my legs and less circulating volume - also due to dehydration.

    I'm a nurse and I know that when my patient's drop their blood pressures that's one complaint that they have; having blocked ears.

    jay
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    Apr 02, 2008 1:54 AM GMT
    I am not sure, but supposedly chewing gum helps air pressure in your ears equalize. I have noticed something similar but it goes away real quick. Perhaps the blood flow in the neck causes things to swell and squeeze the Eustachian tube which regulates inner air pressure.
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    Apr 02, 2008 1:57 AM GMT
    I've noticed something similar; never considered blood pressure before, but that would stand to reason. It's not quite as dramatic as how you're describing it, but it's def. there, like my ears are full of water. It typically subsides once I finish and have rested for a bit. icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 02, 2008 3:15 AM GMT
    Thanks guys for the responses. The blood pressure never occurred to me, even if it was the problem there really isn't a whole lot I can do.
    I may start actually pay attention to how or how much I breath. Never really payed attention to it.
    Its not that its bad or painful and it does go away after a while, its just annoying!
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    Apr 02, 2008 4:14 AM GMT
    Yep I get this all the time and have never understood it. Maybe we can start our own association. P.W.B.E.f.C.H.L. (people with blocked ears from Cardio and/or heavy lifting.)

    :-)

    I mostly get it from lifting, and about 20% of the time get it from cardio.

    Very weird.
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Apr 02, 2008 2:48 PM GMT
    I get that too, and chewing gums does seem to help.
  • whenitrains

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    Apr 02, 2008 5:07 PM GMT
    I guess what I was trying to get across was more so the hydrated portion of it as well as the muscles you are working stealing a portion of your blood supply.

    I can't say that this phenomena happens to me regularly but I have noticed that it does happen on days that I'm dehydrated, or less hydrated.
  • atxclimber

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    Apr 09, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    This just happened to me for the first time the other day! I'm at a different gym (in sunny Savannah, GA) and instead of my normal lifting routine warming up with bodyweight lifts and stuff, I did 10 minutes on a rowing machine to warm up. I think my heart rate was higher than usual during the workout. And afterwards my ears wouldn't stop blocking. I was trying to feel what was happening, and it definitely felt like my eustachian tubes were constricted, which I guess could be because of blood pressure in my head. No amount of yawning or moving my jaw sideways to unblock them lasted for very long. And yeah, eventually it faded.

    Man, it felt weird, though.
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    Apr 09, 2008 5:30 PM GMT
    happens to me too icon_sad.gif