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Swelling after extreme exercise
nutmegz11 posted:
I was wondering if anyone has heard of this...

I am a fit female in my 20's who plays 3 to 4 games of soccer a week. I had a friend come into town and we did a 4 hour workout, with a pretty intense abdominal workout in it. I knew I was going to be hurting from it for the next couple days. My allergies were also affecting me pretty bad and I was coughing really hard the few days following the workout. It was painful to cough so hard because my abs were so sore. The day after I was coughing for 2 hours straight (no lie, coughing is a hard ab workout) my stomach, that is normally very fit and cut, appeared to have gained a lot of weight. Is it possible my body freaked out and retained water and muscles swelled because of so much sudden intense exercise? I am kind of freaking out, as I have only every had great abs!
Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
It's impossible that your abs have permanently changed over night. Intense workouts can draw lots of fluid into the muscles to help them heal. You may be experiencing that. There's no need to worry here.
fitjessi replied to Rich Weil, MEd, CDE's response:
I'm curious about the coughing, is that something to be concerned about?
what would cause coughing after an intense workout, and when should someone call their doctor?
Rich Weil, MEd, CDE replied to fitjessi's response:
I'm not a physician and can't speak to the cause of the cough, although she reports it was due to allergies. As for calling the doctor I don't know how long you should wait before doing that. But from this WebMD article on coughing

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it says that coughs are not diseases but symptoms of something else, so I would imagine you'd want to get in touch with your doctor pretty quickly to determine the cause.

And here is more WebMD coughing related information

Take care,

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