Getting sick after a strenuous workout

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    Nov 14, 2011 12:22 PM GMT
    Is it just me or do other people also get sick after a really hard workout?

    My body gets sore, which is expected, but I also get fever and flu-like symptoms for days.

    Also, if I don't work out in a long time, say 3 weeks or so, the same thing happens once I start working out again.

    My friend doesn't understand this and he thinks I'm really weird. Is there anyone out there like me?
  • LaxJock16

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    Nov 14, 2011 1:00 PM GMT
    Sounds like you might have rhabdomyolysis:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001505/

    I had this before, you should go to your doctor...
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Nov 14, 2011 1:23 PM GMT
    Do you take any supplements? It could be the supplements/protein you take if you are taking any.
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    Nov 14, 2011 1:32 PM GMT
    I haven't had that happen to me but I have gotten very sick like "flu-like" from taking supplements. For some very ODD reason any time I take the "One-A-Day Men's" Vitamins I always seem to catch the flu. That could be what is actually going on.
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    Nov 14, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    Ah no, I'm not taking any supplements.

    I always thought it was the body's normal reaction when it gets shocked from pushing yourself too hard until my friend told me he has never experienced this.

    I will have a look at Rhabdomyolysis as LaxJock mentioned.
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    Nov 16, 2011 2:17 PM GMT
    You don't' have rhabdo lol. You'd be very sick.

    Your muscles release cytokines to inhibit protein synthesis, and this is the same thing that happens when you have the flu that causes muscle aches/soreness.

    The solution is that you need to stay well hydrated, get plenty of rest inbetween workouts and EAT.

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    Nov 16, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    Yes, I figured I don't have Rhabdomyolysis because my urine isn't alarmingly dark whenever I get sick from working out.

    I do drink plenty of water during work out so I believe I am hydrated enough. If I do a strenuous work out (that usually happens if I have a personal trainer), I couldn't work out for a week either because I'm sick and thus feel weak or because my muscles take that long to recover.

    I'm guessing pushing myself too hard affects my immune system or something.
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    Nov 16, 2011 3:47 PM GMT
    Yes, but it shouldn't affect it to this degree. You didn't say anything about your diet, what do you eat on a workout day?
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    Nov 16, 2011 3:58 PM GMT
    It isn't "normal". Go tell your doctor.

    Not to be short but that is the bottom line.
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    Nov 16, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    jakenoh saidIt isn't "normal". Go tell your doctor.

    Not to be short but that is the bottom line.


    Yeah, agreed. You should have regular check-ups with an active physical life style anyway.