Flu like symptoms after hard training sessions

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    Oct 06, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
    Anyone experience this? After my rugby practices, I have chills, shakes and a fever with muscle achiness the next day unlike muscle soreness and more like fever.

    Anyone ever experience this?
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    Oct 06, 2011 7:22 PM GMT
    If I'm not mistaken, it could be due to a few things.

    Firstly, you might not have had enough water, salt, and/or sugar in your body while at your practices. It could be a form of heat stroke.

    Secondly, I'm pretty sure rugby exerts your body very differently from lifting weights in a gym. You might not have been prepared for it (lower stamina for this type of exertion).

    Lastly, you might have pushed yourself too much, and your body is trying extra hard to fight the soreness from the practice. This leaves you vulnerable to viruses, which your body won't be tending to while recovering from the aching.

    Of course, I'm not an expert, so I'd still suggest going to a doctor. You probably just need more rest, but it's better to be safe.

    Take it easy, big guy!
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    Oct 06, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle saidAnyone experience this? After my rugby practices, I have chills, shakes and a fever with muscle achiness the next day unlike muscle soreness and more like fever.

    Anyone ever experience this?


    Well, I'm not a doctor but I suppose if your practice was sufficiently intense the release of cytokines could cause a flu-like syndrome. People who take testosterone sometimes call this the "test-flu" because its more likely to happen with the immunosupressive effects of test.

    I think to avoid this you need to shorten your practice, or start paying closer attention to your nutrition. Drink a lot of water after practice and find a good source of electrolytes. How much sleep do you get every night?


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    Oct 06, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle,I`ve had similar symptoms after hard,half marathon distance runs sometimes: chills,shivering,sneezing,blocked nose,headache,feeling chesty,like I`ve caught a cold or even `flu.It usually passes in a few hours.
    Rather puzzled like you about it.I thought it might be something to do with getting chilled after very heavy sweating on evening runs when its cooler and hanging around outside too long.
    Having read nicerough`s post,I think he may be right.I sweat very heavily en route and do push myself hard towards the end of the run.I always drink plenty but maybe not enough.And heat is my running enemy.(I never feel cold once I get moving.)
    It could be some mild infection due to the sheer extertion as well.
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    Oct 08, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    Well, I have been home sick since Tuesday. My doc theorizes that I was sick and that my immune system was so depleted by practicing with the rugby team that I immediately got sick. That makes sense.
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    Oct 08, 2011 6:45 AM GMT
    Oh! Since Tuesday? It's good that you got yourself to the doctor before it got worse, but you should have gone earlier!

    Anyway, give yourself enough time to recover, and take it easier during your next practice.

    Get well soon!
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    Oct 08, 2011 6:51 AM GMT
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    gastrolyte will help with the ensuing watery bowels lol
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    Oct 10, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    I used to get severe cold symptoms the day after doing legs. This went on for years. I even went to the doctor and got an HIV test it was so bad. The doctor just told me it was my imagination and so did every trainer or anyone else I told about this. It infuriated me because it happened like clockwork, and I know I wasn't imagining it. Oddly enough, it doesn't happen anymore but I can't explain why.
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    Oct 11, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    I'm going through that right now. Just had to start a new crazy program when there was something going around.

    Hope you're feeling better!
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    Oct 11, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    sounds like your immune system is jeopardized from the intense activity. what do you replenish your body with after your rugby sessions? That might be the key.