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Old 10-14-11, 07:03 PM   #1
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Is this from cycling in the cold or is there something else wrong? Throat problems

Hey guys. Recently I've done some cycling after I get home from work at about 6-7PM. As hot as it is here during the day, it's actually been pretty cool around this time (in the low 60s, high 50s). But here's my problem...

About 3 weeks ago I developed a sore throat, on the part of my throat by my collarbone. It didn't go away for two weeks, and I also realized that occasionally I was noticing my pulse a lot more in my throat. After the two weeks I went to the doctor and they gave me antiobiotics which did nothing.

Basically it's unchanged. Only two symptoms are sore throat in that area and maybe what you'd call heart palpitations. I don't think I'm short on breath, and my heart rate seems to be unaffected for the most part. I do feel the throat pulse more if I do anything physical though, but can occasionally feel it without it.

*But I should mention that I have always been a hypochondriac and feel that anything which doesn't go away in a matter of days is probably cancer, so that anxiety might be causing the heartbeat stuff. I'm also only 21 and have never drank or smoked so cancer seems unlikely, haha.

What do you think? Is it from repeatedly riding in the cold? The soreness is a dull pain, not anything too bad. Just feel it when I breathe.
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Old 10-15-11, 08:51 AM   #2
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Go back to the doc and tell them it's unchanged. If they don't listen find another doc. I've been running and riding in cold weather my whole life and never get a sore throat from the cold.
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Old 10-15-11, 12:09 PM   #3
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Dehydration?
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Sometimes the cold dry air can trigger mild asthma, try a surgical mask or something to slightly warm the air.
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Sometimes the cold dry air can trigger mild asthma, try a surgical mask or something to slightly warm the air.
Yeah, I'm starting to wonder about something like that. I've never been diagnosed with asthma but I suppose it's possible. Thanks!
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I have a similar reaction. Cool air below 40 or so always bothers me a little bit when breathing very heavy when climbing hills and such on the bike.

I cough a little bit for a day or so after a long ride in that kind of air. Maybe a lot of is has to do with the dryness of the air as much as it does the temp. Aside from the cough, it doesn't seem to be a serious thing.

Drink more often on your ride when you notice this. That seems to help my issues some.
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IF caffeine helps, it could be asthma... not diagnosing here, but it is a bronchodilator, so you'll know pretty quickly (like within minutes).
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Seeing as 50-60 degrees isn't cold, I doubt riding in those temperatures would have anything to do with that.

And I doubt that you'd feel heart palpatations in your throat.

Could be just a cold or allergies. I've been fighting a cold now for 8 weeks.
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Not knowing the first thing about your satisfaction and/or confidence with your current caregiver makes me hesitant to say this:
I would recommend seeing someone else who has experience with respiratory ailments in your area. If it were me personally I would not be adverse to getting an x-ray next time at the doc's. I have had some tough-to-diagnose conditions with my throat, bronchia, and lungs over the years.
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