Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 26
  1. #1
    Ex-Lion Tamer Bklyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Brooklyn, N.Y.
    My Bikes
    1982 Lotus Legend (steel-frame touring bike); 1982 Fuji S10S (converted to a singlespeed: 46x16); Specialized Crossroads hybrid (the child taxi).
    Posts
    1,150
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I am by no means in perfect shape, but for the past 8 years I was a runner who became a full-time cyclist last October. My wind is pretty good. But man, these last few weeks, I am dying on hills. Very hard to breathe on the ascent, and my chest is very tight. It feels as if I smoked a pack of cigarettes the night before, which I haven't. Does this sound like allergies to anyone? Or has the air quality in New York been especially sh!tty lately? Or am I actually having a heart attack?
    Last edited by Bklyn; 06-05-06 at 09:05 PM. Reason: double posted
    Quote Originally Posted by unkchunk View Post
    Sure, that sort of behavior might be acceptable in California, where people are all concerned about color video and feelings.

  2. #2
    BF's Level 12 Wizard SingingSabre's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    My Bikes
    Diamondback Sorrento turned Xtracycle commuter
    Posts
    1,414
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd go see a doctor. It could be a number of things from my limited knowledge. I'm guessing that it's likely from a recent change in the air quality (perhaps air pressure or some pollutant?).

    Does it happen closer to the beginning, middle, or the end of your ride? How long do you ride before the difficulty breathing starts? Are you able to "ride through" the problem? Do you have any known allergies?

    I'll help you as much as I can...but hey, I'm just a massage therapist!

  3. #3
    Ex-Lion Tamer Bklyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Brooklyn, N.Y.
    My Bikes
    1982 Lotus Legend (steel-frame touring bike); 1982 Fuji S10S (converted to a singlespeed: 46x16); Specialized Crossroads hybrid (the child taxi).
    Posts
    1,150
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks. I do have an appointment on Friday. But if adult-onset allergies can start at age 40, man that sucks.
    Quote Originally Posted by unkchunk View Post
    Sure, that sort of behavior might be acceptable in California, where people are all concerned about color video and feelings.

  4. #4
    ---- buzzman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Newton, MA
    Posts
    4,532
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    could be anything. due to the dampness in the Northeast there are a lot of allergens from pollen to mold spores and warm, humid air is noticeably constricting at times BUT...you're best to get a check up with your doctor just to get some real reassurance or to get a real diagnosis of what's going on with your body. There's no way you'll get an accurate answer in these forums.

    If you haven't had a check up in a while now's the time to do it and let us know how you make out. A blood pressure cuff from your local pharmacy can be useful to keep track of your cardiovascular health but, again, in combination with a good check up with your doctor.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Chicago IL
    My Bikes
    Schwinn Racer (3-speed 1970), DaHon (1984 "Hon") folder, Bianchi Milano
    Posts
    176
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    As long as your left arm isn't numb I wouldn't worry about it.

  6. #6
    Third World Layabout crtreedude's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Costa Rica
    My Bikes
    Cannondale F900 and Tandem
    Posts
    3,067
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would worry about it - see a doctor. The left arm thing isn't a sure thing. Heart issues manifest many ways.

    However, I noticed that when I lived around NY that there were days that felt like there was no oxigen - even when driving.

  7. #7
    The Improbable Bulk Little Darwin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Wilkes-Barre, PA
    My Bikes
    Many
    Posts
    7,237
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    As long as your left arm isn't numb I wouldn't worry about it.
    With the title of the thread I was going to point out that a bicycling forum is not your best source of medical advice and this specific quoted message is proof...

    I was never diagnosed with asthma, until late in life, but always thought I was susceptible to chest colds and out of shape... I also blamed my wheezing on smoking during my young adult years. Diagnosis and medication have improved my life significantly as I approach 50.
    Slow Ride Cyclists of NEPA

    People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  8. #8
    2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM slvoid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    NYC
    My Bikes
    04' Specialized Hardrock Sport, 03' Giant OCR2 (SOLD!), 04' Litespeed Firenze, 04' Giant OCR Touring, 07' Specialized Langster Comp
    Posts
    15,762
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That's really odd because I have the exact same problem that developed about 4-5 weeks ago. On hard ascending, I find myself wheezing and gasping, running out of air and I've NEVER had that problem before.

  9. #9
    45 miles/week Eggplant Jeff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA
    My Bikes
    Jamis Aurora
    Posts
    2,020
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Probably air quality. In N. VA they announce "Code Red" days (no, not Random Terror Alert Level Red), which means "air quality is too bad to go outside", and usually cooincides with very hot weather (90+, high humidity, high ozone levels, etc). Of course I ignored them, but man, I could really tell a difference. It was significantly harder to breathe, especially when climbing.

    I'd still see the doctor, but especially with more than one new-yorker saying it I'm willing to bet on air quality.
    Treasurer, HHCMF Club
    Now living in the land of the cheesesteak.
    But working at a job where I can't surf BikeForums all day any more...

  10. #10
    45 miles/week Eggplant Jeff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA
    My Bikes
    Jamis Aurora
    Posts
    2,020
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just thought of one more comment... Could be some particular species of tree just started putting out pollen. At the right time of year in VA you can SEE the pollen coming off the juniper trees... as in, a gust of wind comes by, and a big cloud of pollen comes off the trees. I dunno what the "airborne particulate" level is around those trees but it's gonna be off the scale. You don't even have to be allergic to be affected, it's just a huge about of stuff for your lungs to have to be cleaning out.
    Treasurer, HHCMF Club
    Now living in the land of the cheesesteak.
    But working at a job where I can't surf BikeForums all day any more...

  11. #11
    Humvee of bikes =Worksman Nightshade's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    5,246
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Let's hope your doctor ask for a "Stess Test" to check your artieries
    and heart for blockages. (It's good to know anyway)

    There is a couple of things that you might consider.....
    A breathing mask made for foul air...or walking your
    bike up "steep" hills to give your lungs and heart a
    break as you age. Walking "might" look silly to some
    but hey, you're living in that body and you know how
    you feel.

  12. #12
    That darn Yankee TexasGuy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    West West Fort Worth
    My Bikes
    Mongoose XR-100, Eros Bianchi
    Posts
    4,272
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Make sure you see a doctor heh.
    Life is about hanging onto what you think is important and finding out what really is important.
    "Stop Ruining my joke!", "No, a joke implies humor attached at no additional cost"
    So many sayings, so little sig space.

  13. #13
    Cat None SDRider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    San Diego
    My Bikes
    LOOK KG 461, LeMond Zurich, Giant Talon 29er 0
    Posts
    4,508
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    That's really odd because I have the exact same problem that developed about 4-5 weeks ago. On hard ascending, I find myself wheezing and gasping, running out of air and I've NEVER had that problem before.
    I can hear a little bit of wheezing when I'm on a particularly tough ascent as well. I never had asthma but a few years ago I had a case of bronchitis and my doctor prescribed an inhaler. Maybe I should carry one with me just in case.

    I've never had any tightness though or felt short of breath.

    Definitely go see your doctor. And post an update, I'm sure we'd all like to know how you are doing.

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Yorba Linda, CA
    Posts
    30
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm 42, and I just started dealing with allergies in the last year. Never had a problem until then.

    If your doctor does diagnose you with allergies, look at this site: http://www.pollen.com/ . You can get a 4 day pollen forcast for your area.

  15. #15
    DNPAIMFB pinkrobe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Cowtown, AB
    My Bikes
    Titus El Guapo, Misfit diSSent, Cervelo Soloist Carbon, Wabi Lightning, et al.
    Posts
    4,654
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Allergies suck. We had a weird spring this year; it got hot early and the trees started pumping the pollen out like crazy. Just this past weekend it got so bad that my chest kind of closed up. It was difficult to inhale or exhale. A couple of nights I didn't sleep because I had to make a concerted effort to breathe, and whenever I nodded off, I stopped breathing. Well, I eventually took some Robitussin, which helped a lot, and then I went to the doctor and got a powdered steroid-based inhaler with a light bronchodilator. Now I feel great! The steroids are making me a little hyper, but I'll be okay in a day or so. The doc was nice enough to give me a full-size sample for free, but she recommended I get a chest x-ray to make sure I don't have something really nasty going on in there.
    Proud Member of the HHCMF
    '06 Cervelo Soloist Carbon | '09 Titus El Guapo | '09 Misfit diSSent | '09 Wabi Lightning

  16. #16
    Ex-Lion Tamer Bklyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Brooklyn, N.Y.
    My Bikes
    1982 Lotus Legend (steel-frame touring bike); 1982 Fuji S10S (converted to a singlespeed: 46x16); Specialized Crossroads hybrid (the child taxi).
    Posts
    1,150
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    UPDATE:
    So I saw my doctor. He took my blood pressure and did a cursory exam. He found nothing, but since I'm 40, feeling tightness in my chest, and having trouble breathing during exertion, he sent me to a cardiologist. Three weeks later I get the appointment, and I'm pronounced hale in every way...except my EKG is abnormal. Sh*t. In any other patient, the doc said, this would be grounds for an angiogram (catheter in the femoral artery, camera up to the heart, scoping for blockage). But because I don't look like a candidate, he recommends a "nuclear stress test," which is the treadmill thing but with an injection of a radioactive isotope; this gives a definitive image of the oxygen reaching the heart. Skipping all the details — except that the hypodermic needle used to deliver the isotope is kept in its own little lead case — I'm fine. My oxygen flow is excellent. It's not my heart.

    So I guess I'm back on the bike, which I didn't ride for a week and which truly sucked. All things considered, it's good not to be looking at heart surgery. But I still have this feeling that someone (say a 40-pound child) is sitting on my chest. Not life-threatening, and not all the time, but dammit, get off me!

    Any suggestions on how to proceed? Allergist? Asthma specialist? Zen Buddhism? slvoid: how's your breathing, by the way?
    Last edited by Bklyn; 07-05-06 at 03:38 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by unkchunk View Post
    Sure, that sort of behavior might be acceptable in California, where people are all concerned about color video and feelings.

  17. #17
    GATC
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    south Puget Sound
    Posts
    6,582
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bklyn
    UPDATE:

    Any suggestions on how to proceed? Allergist? Asthma specialist? Zen Buddhism?
    I would say the latter two for sure. Good to hear that all the heart diagnostics came out well.
    I've had nearly crippling asthma since I was 12. Was way over-diagnosed by a couple of crazed allergists, so I am skeptical of their field (I think their inclination is to look for allergies, and it should not be surprising when they find them); have since dialed back the diagnosis to mold and mammals and maybe birds (other hay fever type allergies don't hit my lungs, just sinuses). Diet can be an issue too; for me beer or wine can wreak havoc w/ my lungs, may be yeast related.

    But anyway, having seen what is pretty much the worst of asthma, I don't tolerate any deviation from the best I can get (which is still not the best lung capacity somebody my size should have), so I would see at least family doc and then specialists as needed to load up on inhalers until you can get rid of the tightness. Advair, which is getting a small push to be removed from the market in the US, has been a real revelation for me (despite having taken its component ingredients for years before). I would move to some 3rd world country to keep access to it if it really is removed from circulation here, but I don't think there's a huge risk of that over the next couple of years.

  18. #18
    Senior Member late's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Southern Maine
    Posts
    8,246
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi,
    there is a thing called Exercise Induced Asthma. I'd defintely see a different Doc,
    he did a couple things that raised my eyebrows.

    My thought is.... get yourself a new Doc. I go to a hopsital clinic that does gerneral health care. Techincally I have Doc, but I almost always wind up seeing
    a PA> I have had great luck with Physician Assistants.

    SEE SOMEBODY.

    Now, I have mild asthma that occasionally pops up during exercise. I also have
    allergies. I use a Chinese herb called Cordyceps on days where I think it might be a problem.

    Now for an explanation, when I was younger, inhalers were fairly dangerous.
    I am a bit afraid of them, so while I have one, and use it for moderate to sever attacks, for a hard day's riding I usually pop a cordyceps just before I start riding. It doesn't work as well as an inhaler, but it helps.

    But the first thing you have to do is to stop listening to idiots like me and go see a Doc.

  19. #19
    tsl
    tsl is offline
    Plays in traffic tsl's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    My Bikes
    '96 Litespeed Classic, '06 Trek Portland, '13 Ribble Winter/Audax
    Posts
    6,338
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bklyn
    except my EKG is abnormal.
    Mine too. At 49, my very first EKG showed a sinus arrhythmia. This type of arrhythmia means my heart beats slower when I exhale. Doc said it's probably been that way all my life, and told me to go ride my bike.

    My dad has had breathing troubles like you describe for almost 15 years, ever since his first M.I. Everyone thought it was heart or asthma related, but all tests showed negative. They finally figured it out this spring. One of his medications (a cholesterol thing, I think.) The changed that and now he no longer sits around waiting to die. He wore out three recliners in that time. Now he's wearing out my mom, and is thinking of buying a bike.

  20. #20
    Senior Member swwhite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Minneapolis MN USA
    My Bikes
    Trek 4300
    Posts
    838
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I had that "somebody sitting on my chest" sensation once. It lasted a few days so I went to the doctor. He said it was asthma (which I gather can come on from cold, exercise, allergens) and seemed quite concerned. They gave me a lung capacity test, some drug (can't remember what after 20 years) and an inhaler, and after a bit of that the problem went away and hasn't come back. They were concerned enough so that they wouldn't let me out of their clutches until I had passed the lung capacity test, which I finally did. So I second the doctor idea.

    Also, I am a believer in self-medication by whatever is the current fad in the popular press (I'm trying to be funny which doesn't work in print) so if it were I, I would do some of those things that might help, but might not, but certainly won't do any harm. That would be 20 minutes of deep abdominal breathing morning and evening, taking some cod liver oil for essential fatty acids, going over the diet and eliminating all junk, etc. I wouldn't go popping any weird pills, but even the regular doctor says there is nothing wrong with a multivitamin pill, and my mother took cod liver oil when she was a kid and still is going strong at 80.

    Does your route through Brooklyn New York go through any heavy traffic? (There I am, joking around again.)
    Riding in search of the simple life.

  21. #21
    more ape than man timmhaan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    nyc
    Posts
    8,093
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by slvoid
    That's really odd because I have the exact same problem that developed about 4-5 weeks ago. On hard ascending, I find myself wheezing and gasping, running out of air and I've NEVER had that problem before.
    yep - me too. there is definintely something related to the air in NYC. myself and my GF have both had difficulty breathing outdoors.

  22. #22
    Ex-Lion Tamer Bklyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Brooklyn, N.Y.
    My Bikes
    1982 Lotus Legend (steel-frame touring bike); 1982 Fuji S10S (converted to a singlespeed: 46x16); Specialized Crossroads hybrid (the child taxi).
    Posts
    1,150
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan
    yep - me too. there is definintely something related to the air in NYC. myself and my GF have both had difficulty breathing outdoors.
    I wonder if we should contact Transportation Alternatives to see if something's going on here. You know, all this started right after they did that Homeland Security "test" a while back... yeah, yeah, tinfoil caps, I know. But it has crossed my mind.
    Quote Originally Posted by unkchunk View Post
    Sure, that sort of behavior might be acceptable in California, where people are all concerned about color video and feelings.

  23. #23
    Fred E Fenders fthomas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    S. California - Again!
    My Bikes
    Randonee
    Posts
    1,071
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Here in California as well. The temps go up and an inversion layer of smog sits up against the hills. BAD AIR!

    Now if everyone had to take public transport and/or ride a bike could you .......................?

  24. #24
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    1
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    May I suggest that you google "Hyperventilation Syndrome" and have a good read of the symptoms and how such over-breathing can especially affect athletes, runners and bike riders.

    Light-headedness, dizziness, a fear of not being able to breathe enough, a tight, heavy feeling in the chest, numbness in limbs, a feeling of unreality, anxiety, panic attacks, thinking you are having a stroke or a heart attack or that you are dying, are all symptoms of HS. You migt get some, you might get them all but if the HS goes untreated you may find that the symptoms start off with one thing and lead on to some frightening feelings.

    May I also strongly suggest that you read up on how "Hyperventilation Syndrome" can lead to asthma and why many Medics are linking the two with over-breathing from HS being perhaps a cause of asthma?

    You can read a great deal about HS online but I would strongly advise you spending 20 bucks on buying 2 or 3 books on the subject.

    Dinah Bradley has several excellent books on the subject - a general one on HS and one that links HS with Asthma. She is a Kiwi and has seen a tremendous amount of HS in NZ due to Kiwis being such sporting people.

    Her 'Hyperventilation Syndrome: Breathing Pattern Disorder' book and her 'Breathing Works for Asthma' are two books I would recommend to anyone.

    May I aslo strongly suggest that you read 'Asthma Free Naturally: Everything You Need to Know About Taking Control of Your Asthma' by Patrick G. McKeown. You might be adamant that you do not have asthma - I was like that - but after reading this book you may well see the link between your excercising, the way you breathe, HS and Asthma. The great thing is that once the book explains the problem it then goes on to explain a possible solution.

    I was adamant that I did not have asthma because I had been sporting all my life and a big bike rider. What I did not realise was that I was breathing through my mouth virtually all the time and the body is not designed to do that because the nose has such an important role to play in breathing - think about it for a moment, if the mouth is the route to breathe by then why do we have a nose at all?

    The nose regulates air going in and out of the lungs, affects the pressure of the lungs, filters particulates, reduces CO2 loss, warms the oxygen going in and also moistens the airways. Latest research shows that the nose adds nitrix oxide also.

    Sadly, many of us have been wrongly informed, often from our childhood, to breathe in and out through the mouth - the "big breaths" so beloved of teachers and coaches. Hold your chest out, be a man and all that rubbish which is, tragically, wrong and which tens of millions have been wrongly taught by well-intentioned but ignorant people. Alas, once someone learns the wrong way to do something then it is almost impossible to get them to believe that their way is wrong and to then get them to learn the correct way.

    If you start trying to breathe through your nose now you will find it difficult. Athletes learning to rebreathe often have to step down about 80% of effort and because this reduces their times they simply opt back to mouth-breathing. But those who persist with mouth-breathing eventually record as good as, if not better, times because the heart is not so strained via good, balance nose-breathing learnt over a period of time.

    So there you go. Please read the books or google the info online as I am no expert and, of course, always get a check-up and OK from your own Doctor before following any advice you read online or in a book.

    However, if you read the above books I suspect you will be pleasantly surprised and wish you had been told such info years ago.

    Btw, I know it is 2 years since this thread first appeared - I came across it today via a google - but I felt it was important enough to add the above info. I hope you are well by now but, judging by the number of people who say they have begun suffering allergies, perhaps the info on HS and good nose-breathing would be of help to a great many? Hopefully, you are all well and happy.

  25. #25
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Austin,TX
    Posts
    17
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm not a doctor, but I used to work with a lot of them.... ;-) I suggest you see a Pulmonologist. If you're ticker's good, odds are it's some something allergy/lung related.

    I don't have asthma, but everytime I get a cold I suffer from R.A.D. (reactive airway disease) It's much like an asthma attack and sounds very similar to what you're describing. Good luck!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •