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Minor Ache or Major Problem? 6 Symptoms Exercisers Should Pay Attention To

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When your body talks, you usually know what it's saying. But here are six trouble signs that exercisers often overlook -- and why you may want to see your doctor about them.

Warning Signs

A few years ago a strange thing happened at the end of a hike. My heart suddenly felt fluttery. Was I having a heart attack? I couldn't be. I was young, healthy, and strong enough to cover three miles of tough terrain. I must have just overdone it, I decided.

But the next morning, my pulse still wasn't right, so I called my doctor. She said to come in at once. Fortunately the EKG showed that it wasn't a heart attack; the problem was a minor thyroid imbalance. I was lucky, but the experience was an eye-opener.

Even if you exercise and are keyed into your body, you can still misread its warning signals. In fact, "young, fit women often tend to ignore them," says Ed Laskowski, MD, codirector of the Mayo Clinic's Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minnesota. But some aches and symptoms could be more serious than you think. Here's the heads-up on six scenarios that are likely to trick you.

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kdtannen wrote:

Don't forget supermans....or superwomans....

9/26/2013 06:24:56 AM Report Abuse
saharamirrage wrote:

I wish you would have mentioned something about shoulders. I started waking up with a sore shoulder but continued to workout. Little did i know that was a classic sign of a torn rotator cuff. Thanks!

9/25/2013 01:12:22 PM Report Abuse
bartholo1 wrote:

Be cautious about who you turn to. As noted in the "Tight Knees" section ... a physical therapist or sports trainer. Be sure that is an ATHLETIC TRAINER if you're looking for a healthcare professional; a sports trainer could be anybody who claims the title.

9/25/2013 09:45:52 AM Report Abuse
bj01741 wrote:

You article contained a lot of good information, much of which may not be heard at the gym. I appreciated the information about inflammatory breast cancer, it's rare but does occur and there is very little ever mentioned about it. Thanks for a good article!

9/12/2011 06:00:37 PM Report Abuse

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