To the experts: Various pains during cardio

iradical18

Professional
Whenever I do my cardio there are always various painful sensations that I get during the course of my workout. I'll start out with the most frequent one: A constant cramp-like feeling in my side, an aching feeling behind my left shoulder blade, a sharp aching pain in my upper right chest area and a sharp pain in the lower left part of my torso. Obviously I need to go see a doctor which I will next week, I just wanted some feedback from the experts on if these a could be related to exercise.
 

Hooooon

Rookie
the pains in your chest and side could be from insufficient oxygen flow. breathe deeply and steadily through your nose. also, drink lotsa water before intense cardio.
 

TheShaun

Hall of Fame
Whenever I do my cardio there are always various painful sensations that I get during the course of my workout. I'll start out with the most frequent one: A constant cramp-like feeling in my side, an aching feeling behind my left shoulder blade, a sharp aching pain in my upper right chest area and a sharp pain in the lower left part of my torso. Obviously I need to go see a doctor which I will next week, I just wanted some feedback from the experts on if these a could be related to exercise.
drink water, have potassium (banana), maybe a magnesium pill, stretch out your sides.
 

chroix

Rookie
Sounds to me like you are pushing yourself too hard. You should gradually build up your cardio workout. IMO big increases/changes in your cardio routine often lead to big injuries/lay offs. Slow and steady improvement over the course of months or years allows you to maintain and improve. Might not be true for weights and the like and also when you are first starting out.

What kind of shape are you in? Are you hydrated? Do you smoke or are you overweight? From what you say is bothering you it just sounds like you are pushing too hard and under hydrated or not beathing well enough to supply oxygen to your muscles.
 

sn1974

Rookie
see your doctor in case it's heart related but they sound pretty normal (assuming you are healthy). i think lots of people get weird pains when they exercise, especially in the chest, torso and shoulder areas. i've found they are the worst (esp. a phantom shoulder pain that sounds exactly like yours) when i'm exercising moderately or at the beginning of a run. once i crank it up or after about 20 minutes they go away.

other things to consider are your shoes. if you're running, the wrong shoes for your feet can throw your alignment off and lead to all sorts of uncomfortable sensations. do not run in tennis shoes!
 
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