Yet another swimming question

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    Oct 07, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    1) Do people get headaches from the pressure of their goggles/swimcaps? I wear mine to just an extent that water doesn't seep in, but bear with me

    2) Can water get up into your sinuses during practice? (I feel like I'm drowning when I have to do backstroke, lol)

    I was at practice today, and I was nervous (still new to swimming in a group and those situations admittedly can make me worked up... performance anxiety) and I guess I wasn't breathing in a proper, relaxed fashion or whatever, and during the practice I was suddenly really lightheaded and felt nauseous. Soon I had a pounding headache so I called it quits and went and stood under the shower to make me feel better. I went to tilt my head to stretch my neck/trapezius (right ear to right shoulder and then left ear to left shoulder) and on each side, a ton of salty water came pouring out my nostril (not sure how that much was up there) and relieved a lot of pressure up inside my face. It didn't completely get rid of the headache, etc., but it sure helped! Not sure if it's related, or if I was just working hard in the pool, but during the workout my mouth tasted really gross and phlegmy, like bile.

    (Anyways, I know this question I posted today sounds petty, but I've been really chronically tired a lot the last year or two (especially the last few months) and it's tough trying to figure out if it's anxiety/depression or something else as we've really exhausted most of our options other than the possibility of it being a sleep problem. I really feel like it has to be something physical since I feel like I manage my anxiety and stresses very well and do all the right things to conquer it... including exercise. I guess I am just trying to sort out where the line is drawn, and if maybe I feel really worn out during my swims because of this same possible physical problem. Who knows though... maybe I'm just expecting too much of myself and need to work up to the level of these other Masters swimmers, and most of all, relax and enjoy the process.)

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    Oct 07, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    _freestyle saidHey guys,

    1) Do people get headaches from the pressure of their goggles/swimcaps? I wear mine to just an extent that water doesn't seep in, but bear with me

    2) Can water get up into your sinuses during practice? (I feel like I'm drowning when I have to do backstroke, lol)

    I was at practice today, and I was nervous (still new to swimming in a group and those situations admittedly can make me worked up... performance anxiety) and I guess I wasn't breathing in a proper, relaxed fashion or whatever, and during the practice I was suddenly really lightheaded and felt nauseous. Soon I had a pounding headache so I called it quits and went and stood under the shower to make me feel better. I went to tilt my head to stretch my neck/trapezius (right ear to right shoulder and then left ear to left shoulder) and on each side, a ton of salty water came pouring out my nostril (not sure how that much was up there) and relieved a lot of pressure up inside my face. It didn't completely get rid of the headache, etc., but it sure helped! Not sure if it's related, or if I was just working hard in the pool, but during the workout my mouth tasted really gross and phlegmy, like bile.

    (Anyways, I know this question I posted today sounds petty, but I've been really chronically tired a lot the last year or two (especially the last few months) and it's tough trying to figure out if it's anxiety/depression or something else as we've really exhausted most of our options other than the possibility of it being a sleep problem. I really feel like it has to be something physical since I feel like I manage my anxiety and stresses very well and do all the right things to conquer it... including exercise. I guess I am just trying to sort out where the line is drawn, and if maybe I feel really worn out during my swims because of this same possible physical problem. Who knows though... maybe I'm just expecting too much of myself and need to work up to the level of these other Masters swimmers, and most of all, relax and enjoy the process.)



    1) yeah, your goggles only need to be just tight enough so they are snug against your face to prevent water from getting in. If the ones you have aren't working, it could be that they are a bad fit. I'd recommend getting either speedo vanquishers (arguably the most popular competition goggle) or speed sockets (fits more comfortably for SOME people). I personally have issues with both, and sweedish goggles fit me the best.

    2) You have to blow out of your nose when you are under water. Either that or learning how to purse your upper lip against your nostrils and plug them up until you surface. Regardless, water shouldn't be lodged in your sinuses during a swim. It usually cleans out kind of like a neti pot.

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    Oct 07, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    Well the water got in my nose from when I was doing backstroke... I feel like I'm drowning every time I try it lol. This is the first time I've felt it build up like that.

    I dunno, I guess I've never had a sinus problem before, but it was the craziest thing. The amount of water that poured out of my nose afterwards... then I tilted my head the other way and same thing... I had no idea so much water could stay lodged up there. :O

    Maybe using the Neti-Pot would be a good idea after swim practices where I get so much water up in there. icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 10, 2011 6:43 PM GMT
    Swim goggles are one of the worst designed items. I always have to have them so tight I look like a gold fish afterward and it hurts. I also wear a nose clip because I can't stand water up my nose. Especially the sewer water that is in the gym pools now days. Get the clip that has a beige rubber on the ends and wire in between. These hold on the nose better.
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    Oct 10, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    I'm open to the idea of using a noseclip as chlorine is really hard on your sinuses, but I don't tend to get water up my nose except for when I'm doing backstroke (as I've always avoided it but now that I'm swimming with the club I'm forced to do it).

    I think I'm just going to start using a NetiPot on my sinuses occasionally because the chlorine or something seems to be irritating it a bit. But since that practice last week that left me feeling worn out and crappy, I've been better. I think I just overreacted/was being hard on myself.
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    Oct 13, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    I don't use goggles, but you're describing a fairly common complaint. It's called supraorbital neuralgia.

    I find any water in the sinuses hurts, whether it's in the pool or from white water rafting.

    Anxiety and depression will leave you feeling very tired. But if this is the cause, you would probably have some form of insomnia. It may be worth going for a checkup to make sure there's nothing else going on.
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    Oct 13, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    I've already been checked up and down, and fortunately (?) nothing seems to be the matter as of yet.

    No insomnia whatsoever, though my sleeps are not satisfying. I have a referral for a sleep study soon though, so that will be telling! The doctor thinks it's quite possibly depression, though I feel like I've been rundown since the day I stopped taking Accutane. I don't feel depressed or anxious most of the time and I think I do a lot to manage my stress appropriately, exercise being one of them!

    EDIT: Just went to an allergist I had been waiting for about a year on waitlist for, and found out I have some tremendous allergies. Apparently these, especially the food ones, are what's been getting me down. Fingers crossed that's the answer!!!