Have you ever heard of anything like this?
Since September, I’ve had this problem where if I do anything even remotely resembling metcon or cardio, my lungs (back, not chest) get an immediate ripping and burning feeling. And my throat feels immense pressure and hurts.
I’ve worked through this pain before; it doesn’t cause shortness of breath and I can easily do these workouts. It’s tolerable pain.
But then after I “work through” it, I end up with CHRONIC stabbing in my lungs – in the upper back – and a sore throat for weeks. Even when laying down at night to sleep. It also makes my voice feel strained and gravelly and it gives me a constant dry cough. This is a predicament since I need to use my voice for work on occasion.
So I went to a doctor who X-rayed my lungs, gave me an EKG test, tested my oxygen levels and blood pressure, and drew blood to see if I had elevated white blood cells. And everything came back perfectly. No abnormalities, aside from being super fit.
The doctor said her best guess is inflammation of the lungs or lining of the lungs, which is also known as pleurisy.
Since I was a kid my random medical issues have always been undiagnosable. Doctors are rarely able to figure out my problems…. And this is why I tend not to trust them right away. They don’t have answers. It usually takes trial and error or learning from someone else’s anecdotes to solve the problem.
So when people mock those who “do their own research” I get a little salty.
Dear doctors, we wouldn’t have to do our own research if your knowledge wasn’t limited to your college textbooks.
Here’s the other thing. This lung/throat pain is so easily triggered I can’t even superset exercises, slow jog, or abbreviate rest periods between lifts.
So what does that leave me with for exercise?
Walking and hiking, but not fast or strenuous. In the gym, lots of isolation lifts, slow eccentrics, pauses at the peak of contraction. I figured out how to hit upper body pretty hard without lung pain, but I can’t go from one exercise to another.
Also, no walking lunges. No loaded carries. None of the stuff that used to be my favorite.
Here’s my body part split: back day, arms and shoulders, legs. Yep, only three days a week. And no full-body workouts.
The good news? I pretty much look the same but with more ab definition. So maybe maintenance-mode is alright.
Ok thanks for attending, “Chats with Dani About Injuries You’ve Never Heard Of.”
Have you ever had an injury medical experts couldn’t diagnose?
- Nope. My health problems are pretty straightforward.
- Yep. And I fixed it through trial and error.
- Yep. And I’m still trying to figure out what’s wrong.
And here’s a picture of a leisurely hike from the weekend. Totally not posing.