Sudden Nausea during workout

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    Apr 17, 2011 10:01 PM GMT
    G'day fellas
    I have recently got back to the gum and on a regular basis experience sudden nausea midway through a workout. I only get it when doing weights (not cardio) and is extremely frustrating as I don't get through the whole workout. I end up suddenly having to lie on the floor or seat( if I make it to the locker rooms) which is highly embarrassing. I have never actually brought anything up but it gets very intense for 5-10mins. I generally train of a morning.
    Do you guys gave any advice on what causes this / how it can be prevented (as it makes the gym a very unpleasant experience and highly frustrating as I cab achieve what I am aiming for)? I am also hesitantbto push myself now as constantly worry the Horrible feeling will come on again.
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    Apr 17, 2011 10:18 PM GMT
    i was having a similar issue at first as well. i started changing things one by one just to figure out what was going on. so i have a couple questions to help figure out what might be the problem:
    1. are you eating anything prior to your workout?
    2. are you taking any meds (multivitamin, etc.) prior to workout?
    3. how much water are you drinking?
    4. how much of a break are you taking between sets?

    for me it was a combination of all of the above. i was trying to keep my heart rate up so i didn't take much of a break at all, the up and down of getting the weights and adding started to play with my balance and gave me massive head rush that lead to nausea. so i now i don't take more than 2 minutes between but no less than 1 minute. i usually will go through about a full gallon of water while i'm working out and about 40 ounces before i even get the gym. before i wasn't drinking much at all.
    i hated eating in the morning but trying to burn hundreds of calories on an empty stomach gives my body nothing to work with and i feel that and it oddly enough makes me terribly nauseatious. so now i do one of two things, i eat 1/4 cup (uncooked) multigrain oatmeal cooked with 1/4 water i only add 1 splenda and a little cinnamon, nothing else. OR i'll have a small 8 oz shake made with muscle milk protein powder, egg whites, water, 1/2 a banana.
    Don't take your multivaitamin or any pills until you've eaten and have finished your AM workout.

    good luck.
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    Apr 17, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    Thanks for the response. I don't eat anything beforehand (moreso as i fibd it difficult to eat so early abd always thought it would make me feel sick) and maybe my gaps between sets are a bit too short. I have found with water however, if I drink lots I feel nauseous quicker but maybe that's from lack of food by the sounds perhaps?
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    Apr 17, 2011 11:16 PM GMT

    " ... It has been suggested that exercise induced nausea could be caused by increased endorphin levels, which are released while exercising. Endorphins have been associated with nausea and vomiting, so this theory is plausible, but unsupported by evidence. ... "

    Exercise induced nausea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_induced_nausea
  • Jayjames

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    Apr 18, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    Make sure you are breathing......
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:18 AM GMT
    bazungu saidThanks for the response. I don't eat anything beforehand (moreso as i fibd it difficult to eat so early abd always thought it would make me feel sick) and maybe my gaps between sets are a bit too short. I have found with water however, if I drink lots I feel nauseous quicker but maybe that's from lack of food by the sounds perhaps?


    I was having the same problem, although not as intense... I would definitely bet that you're feeling sick because your not getting enough energy (food) before your workout. Try eating something that will be easy on your stomach about an hour before going to workout. ( bananas, oatmeal, yogurt, or protein shakes are a few things that come to mind)
  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 18, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    You should really get checked out by a qualified medical doctor, instead of some ReaLJock member who cured his cat with the same malady. Gastric cancer is a concern for someone your age. .
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    this happens to me whenever I try to run for awhile - hence I just jog long distance instead.
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:42 AM GMT
    Jayjames saidMake sure you are breathing......


    True dat.
    Make sure you focus on your breathing or else you will get lightheaded and nauseous
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:48 AM GMT
    It might just be a matter of conditioning. Make sure you are starting yourself off at the right level.

    Also, make sure you aren't gulping down huge loads of water. You mentioned feeling nauseous after drinking water and it makes sense. Because you're not eating anything before your workout, your mind and body are probably thinking you are very hungry, so you might end up gulping way too much water. Your body doesn't have time to digest it quick enough since the blood flow is feeding your muscles, so there's no other place for the water to go but back up the entryway.
  • awm55

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    Apr 18, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    this is very common when working out your legs. they are big muscles that when put under stress (ie squats etc) cause allot of your blood to be directed there. this causes nausea and dizziness.
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    Apr 18, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    I would try drinking a half scoop of a balanced protein supplement about an hour before you workout and see how that makes you feel. Make sure it's not all protein though. A meal replacement drink might be a better bet.
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    Apr 18, 2011 4:34 AM GMT
    Have you taken a pregnancy test lately? It sounds like morning sickness to me.

    On a more serious note, go see your doctor. Nausea can be caused by so many things.
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    Apr 18, 2011 9:39 AM GMT
    Thanks for all your responses and advice guys. You have given me some things to consider and try. Its good to know that I am not the only one who has experienced this.
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:56 PM GMT
    sounds like gastro-Intestinsal Reflux (GIRD). like your stomach acids are being regurgitated slightly and giving you a feeling of nausea but i do not know if it is associated with exertion.


    Very fit people can suffer from GIRD - especially if they consume a lot of caffeine.


    sounds to me like awm has probably nailed it though.
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    Apr 18, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    You might want to check your blood sugar level. I have a mild case of hypoglycemia and sometimes I feel nauseous doing supersets. I always carry glucose tablets/gel with me just in case. I would suggest consulting a qualified medical practitioner. Here's some info on hypoglycemia:

    Mild hypoglycemia
    Symptoms of mild low blood sugar usually occur when blood sugar falls below 70 mg/dL and may include:

    Nausea.
    Extreme hunger.
    Feeling nervous or jittery.
    Cold, clammy, wet skin and/or excessive sweating not caused by exercise.
    A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia).
    Numbness or tingling of the fingertips or lips.
    Trembling.
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    Apr 18, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    bazungu saidG'day fellas
    I have recently got back to the gum and on a regular basis experience sudden nausea midway through a workout. I only get it when doing weights (not cardio) and is extremely frustrating as I don't get through the whole workout. I end up suddenly having to lie on the floor or seat( if I make it to the locker rooms) which is highly embarrassing. I have never actually brought anything up but it gets very intense for 5-10mins. I generally train of a morning.
    Do you guys gave any advice on what causes this / how it can be prevented (as it makes the gym a very unpleasant experience and highly frustrating as I cab achieve what I am aiming for)? I am also hesitantbto push myself now as constantly worry the Horrible feeling will come on again.


    I get nauseated when I get overheated. I have a low heat tolerance. Are you one of those guys who wears sweats and a hoodie? Ugh! I have to wear as little as possible or I get really pukey. Some accuse me of exhibitionism, but it's worth it not to hurl cuz I'm overheated.
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    Apr 18, 2011 2:56 PM GMT
    If I work out in the morning, before breakfast, I will definitely get light-headed, nauseous, and cold sweats. As others have said, it sounds like you might not be eating enough.
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    Nov 02, 2011 11:42 PM GMT
    easy solution, eat before u train, if u dont eat, ur low energy levels makes ur body panic and it affects ur brain's vomiting centres.
  • buckled

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    Nov 02, 2011 11:48 PM GMT
    Used to happen to me when I trained in the morning. I started eating prior to working out and it solved that issue + gave me more energy to lift heavier. So... I'd suggest trying to eat prior to your workout.