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Funky Exercise Symptom
stampinroo posted:
Hi! I am a 36-year-old female who exercises 7 hours a week. My exercise activities include various fitness classes and the elliptical machine. Usually when I am doing the elliptical, about 45 minutes into the workout, my low back gets "hot". It is not muscle burn or aching. It feels like I've been chemically burned or severly sunburnt, and it is excruciatingly painful when my shirt touches my skin in that area. Within 5 minutes of being finished with the workout, I feel normal again. This bizarre symptom does not affect any other part of my body, and this started in July. I have not changed medications/detergents/shampoo/soap/etc. Any thoughts?
Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
Hi stampinroo,
I've never heard of anything like that happening during exercise and I don't know what it is. It sounds very uncomfortable. I've known people who have had shingles who report excruciating skin pain like that, especially when clothing touches the skin, or even a gentle breeze, and you seem to be suffering in the same way, but obviously yours is much more temporary and transient. Maybe you should see a dermatologist, but like I said, I don't know what it is, and so you probably ought to check in with your doctor first to see if he or she can recommend something. Please post back if you find out what it is. It's new to me and I am curious to know. Good luck. Rich
stampinroo replied to Rich Weil, MEd, CDE's response:
Thank you! Your advice on seeing a dermatologist is valid...I have to admit that I am reluctant to do so because it's something I can live with and my insurance is terrible. Maybe it'll have to bug me for a few more months.
Rich Weil, MEd, CDE replied to stampinroo's response:
You're very welcome. When you finally get your answer please post back. I'm curious to know what you find. Thanks. Rich

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