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17 May 2004

Hi! Doc, everytime after running on the treadmill, I run short of breath, start breathing heavily, feel dizzy and start coughing, can u pls tell me what's wrong with me as I'm losing my mind. I'm a gym fanatic, I don't wanna stop going 2 the gym and lastly I have been coughing 4 more than 3 weeks now, have taken medicine and still am, but nothing is happening. In the evening I'll start coughing and run out of breath, pls help........
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01 Jan 0001

HI Tia

I hope that I can help you, although I must be honest and say that it sounds to me more like a medical problem. There are a few questions I have though - the first is how long ago this all started - it sounds as though it's a recent thing, even though you have been active for a really long time. This suggests that it is medical. If you had only just begun running, then I would say that a lot of this is exertional, caused by being new to running and perhaps not used to the exercise. However, from what you have said, it's not a case of being unfit or new to exercise. The one option that jumps to my mind is that you may have some form of exercise induced asthma - this is fairly common actually, and is particularly a problem in the cold (which may explain why your problem began in the winter months). This is something I suggest you consult a doctor about - there is a fairly basic test that can be done to determine whether or not you are asthmatic, and whether this is bought on by exercise.

Finally, I would suggest that you try alternative exercises - it may be that cycling, or swimming help you overcome this. If you do try alternative exercises, but the problem still exists, then it would certainly suggest something medical - again, though I do believe that you should consider seeing a doctor about this.

Good luck
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