Bad Circulation...?

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    Nov 10, 2012 7:48 AM GMT
    Since college, I've made the habit of running a lot at the gym. Sometimes I do over 25 miles in a week with an average of a 7 minute mile. I've never really had any problems, only the benefit of feeling dead-relaxed after running lol.

    Lately... I've been having weird problems. If I talk too much, I'll get really light headed, and sometimes I'll feel like there's a band wrapped around my knees and head.

    Also recently, during sex it happens a lot... I'll get really light headed and feel like I'm gonna faint or something. In the past few weeks i've been getting a weak left arm periodically... Sometimes, if I sit for too long, I can't feel my butt too... lol this shouldn't happen

    I should add that I have elevated levels of anxiety, I eat a lot of sugar, and i have a relatively large amount of caffeine. The anxiety sometimes makes me feel what seems like a vein twitch inside my head (but it might just be the surface) and that's pretty scary... although it's been happening for years so I'm sure it's nothing. I also get the same kind of twitches in my arm, neck, and sometimes my face, which is really embarrassing btw...

    So I hope I get reassuring answers that it's nothing serious... lol
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    Nov 10, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    Sometimes when I have too many coffees I get the same twitch in my arms... I' suggest just drinking more water to offset the dehydration.
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    Nov 10, 2012 3:28 PM GMT
    Think it's time to visit your doctor for some medical answers for your symptoms.
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    Nov 10, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    Sounds like it's the anxiety. If so, you should lay off the sugar and caffeine or at least cut back; they're known triggers for panic attacks. You may also want to ask your doctor to do a TSH test, and have him check on your vitamin D, B12 and magnesium levels too. You could be deficient.

    For now, less sugar and caffeine. More whiskey. You'll be fine. icon_biggrin.gif
  • wild_sky360

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    Nov 10, 2012 5:53 PM GMT
    Hypoglycemia can make you feel that way. It would definitely be exacerbated by excessive sugar intake. But even without the dietary sugar, which causes a spike and then rapid drop in blood sugar, you could experience these symptoms with a normal diet as well if you have this disorder.

    Doctor evaluation would be wise. You seem exceptionally lean. If you are exhausting your reserves with intense activity there is nothing left to fuel essential body functions. Your brain needs about 20% of a normal daily caloric intake. Seems you are on the edge. Get some professional advice.

    Good luck to you. Don't be surprised if normalizing your blood sugar partially reduces some of the anxiety.
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    Nov 10, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    Make sure you are drinking tons of water. I went through something similar and got it checked out; went to a MD, and a nutritionist. It turns out I wasn't drinking enough water. Learned that it helps with digestion, clearing toxins from kidneys, and circulation. Several weeks into drinking more water the headaches, light headedness went away. You should try it.
    Note this is actual water, not Gateraid, soda, juice, etc.
  • HottJoe

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    Nov 10, 2012 7:12 PM GMT
    I have all of those same issues. I once thought I was having a heart attack and went to the E.R., but they couldn't detect any heart problems. It's probably anxiety, like others have mentioned.

    (Watch, I drop dead tomorrow, lol.)
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    Nov 10, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    Definitely nix the caffeine, Its tough, that stuffs addictive as hell, but It'll help.
    And get to a doctor!!!!
    It's probably something simple, but you need to know one way or the other!
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    Nov 10, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    Thanks for the reassuring answers everyone lol
  • LJay

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    Nov 10, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    No dctor here, but I would try a piece of fruit or a glass of orange juice before running , more water, less caffeine, less sugar and careful attention to rounded meals.

    I would also head to the doctor and take the list of symptoms in writing, as well as notes on what doing the above may have done to change them.

    Sugar up (diabetes) or sugar down (hypoglycemia) can do funny things to your head.

    Worrying about it all is nonsense. Let the doc help you out and get some real answers. Knowledge averts worry.
  • gym0711

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    Nov 10, 2012 10:50 PM GMT
    Lots of coffee plus sugar does the same to me. I decided to cut back on the sugar and drink coffee black.