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Hypo... And crossfit

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2011 at 5:47 PM

I am so confused about what is wrong with me! I've done Crossfit four separate times and each time I have gotten nauseous, light headed, blurry vision and at one point I dry heaved. This has happened 3 times before I started eating Paleo and once after. I went to the doctor and he said it might be my sugar dropping so I should drink Gatorade and I tried that during my wod and I still felt bad after. So no one seems to know if I'm hypoglycemic, have hypotension or if it has to do with me having hypothyroidism.I've been hypothyroid for 2 years and I'm on 75 mg of Synthroid. My levels are normal and have been at a 1 for over a year. Does anyone have any suggestions? Advice? I have another doctor appt on Friday. Also each wod has been varied between slower paced to heavier weights too soon and a purposeful wod that wouldn't make me sick although it didn't work.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on June 10, 2011
at 12:50 AM

Err news not new

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on June 10, 2011
at 12:50 AM

That is wonderful new, blood pressure that is too low is surprisingly hard to treat

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on June 10, 2011
at 12:32 AM

Whoohoo! It was probably dehydration :-) Easy fix!

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 10, 2011
at 12:18 AM

Upped it well doubled it. Had my first wod where I didn't get sick!!

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 10, 2011
at 12:16 AM

Checked bp it was normal today after wod but I also doubled my water and I didn't get sick!

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 10, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Just finished my wod blood sugar was at 96. Blood pressure was normal.

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 09, 2011
at 01:00 AM

Wow ok I'll be all over that tomorrow!

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on June 08, 2011
at 10:37 PM

Uncooked cabbage is also goitrogenic - so don't overdo the sauerkraut (very sad for me - I make my own and it's SO yummy!). Usually kale and brocolli are cooked and not a problem.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 08, 2011
at 10:34 PM

That's useful. I'd expand once in a while so you know, but at least you're seeing T3. I think Synthroid is ONLY T4 and a blend might be better - do some digging on that. And I concur on Nanncy & Dave's suggestions on a glucose tester. They are cheap and easy to use and give you real and useful data.

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 08, 2011
at 09:57 PM

I haven't really been eating anything packaged. The only thing would be raw nuts. No bars etc.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on June 08, 2011
at 08:07 PM

Yikes. So, best case scenario you only drank 64 oz. Contrary to the '8 oz glass 8 times a day', if you're active you should be drink 1 oz per pound....so about double what you have been. It's tough at first, but your body will thank you!

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 08, 2011
at 08:01 PM

Oh I am only getting tested every 6 months now and it's usually t4, t3.

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 08, 2011
at 07:46 PM

Going to get one today my next work out is tomorrow night and that will be a great opportunity to check.I don't have many allergies and I did just get over a sinus infection and found out I am now allergic to amoxicillan, this is new. But all these after wod feelings were before and after this.

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 08, 2011
at 07:42 PM

I'm drinking a pretty good amount. Hard to say exactly how much but I drank about 3 or 4 16 oz bottles yesterday I'm about 111 pounds.

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 08, 2011
at 07:41 PM

Thanks checking that out!

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 08, 2011
at 07:40 PM

That's exactly my symptoms! My ears pop and sometimes feel like I am under water.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 08, 2011
at 07:18 PM

Yes - I did this and it was a real game-changer for me. Suddenly I *knew* what my blood sugar (and by extension, insulin) was doing. All the speculation about allergies, minerals, water, obscure oil acids? Pfft - it was a suger spike every time.

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on June 08, 2011
at 06:50 PM

I strongly recommend getting a glucometer ($7-9 at Walmart) and test yourself before and after. That will tell you if you are hypoglycemic or not. Speculation is useless - get real data.

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on June 08, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I've been doing CF for a little over a year, and I've had some similar symptoms. It turns out it was simply dehydration. How much h20 are you drinking?

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 09, 2011
at 01:00 AM

Wow ok I'll be all over that tomorrow!

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 08, 2011
at 07:42 PM

I'm drinking a pretty good amount. Hard to say exactly how much but I drank about 3 or 4 16 oz bottles yesterday I'm about 111 pounds.

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on June 08, 2011
at 08:07 PM

Yikes. So, best case scenario you only drank 64 oz. Contrary to the '8 oz glass 8 times a day', if you're active you should be drink 1 oz per pound....so about double what you have been. It's tough at first, but your body will thank you!

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on June 10, 2011
at 12:32 AM

Whoohoo! It was probably dehydration :-) Easy fix!

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

(290)

on June 10, 2011
at 12:18 AM

Upped it well doubled it. Had my first wod where I didn't get sick!!

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3ee0f8f2f88f9d95563d4c3386c1c2c6

on June 08, 2011
at 07:59 PM

I agree you should get a cheap glucometer and test yourself to be sure. Additionally, I'd recommend coconut water rather than sugar water.

The following is pure speculation on my part. I don't know whether this is your problem or not, just throwing it out there...

I am also hypothyroid and last year had similar symptoms during workouts (boot camp class, not crossfit). It turned out to be a soy allergy (this happened before I went paleo). Although I didn't normally buy or eat soy products, it was in nearly every packaged food I bought much to my surprise. I regularly drank a whey protein powder, which contained soy lecithin. I ate whey protein bars that contained soy lecithin. I ate dark chocolate squares that contained soy lecithin, and the list goes on and on... And even if you are not allergic to soy, it is goitrogenic, a thyroid suppressant.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 08, 2011
at 10:37 PM

Uncooked cabbage is also goitrogenic - so don't overdo the sauerkraut (very sad for me - I make my own and it's SO yummy!). Usually kale and brocolli are cooked and not a problem.

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

(290)

on June 08, 2011
at 09:57 PM

I haven't really been eating anything packaged. The only thing would be raw nuts. No bars etc.

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19eedcc966e18e2864383fa53dcb80f6

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on June 08, 2011
at 06:35 PM

I can't do strict paleo and crossfit. I eat potatoes, dairy, and white rice to add extra carbs in my diet. Last night I attempted 'Helen' (a benchmark crossfit workout) and totally crashed in the final round because I had been strict paleo for 3 days unintentionally.

So I would take a look at your carb intake levels before getting tested for metabolic problems. Some people may be able to do crossfit-style workouts without moderate carb intake, but I'm not one of them, and you may not be either.

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Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 08, 2011
at 06:14 PM

I've been chasing down a thyroid issue lately and have been getting quite an education - mostly in how BAD the medical profession is at really taking care of people! Are you getting complete thyroid panels, at a minimum? Have they checked adrenals? Iron (incl ferritin)?

One thing I've learned is that most doctors prescribe Synthroid without looking at the big picture. There is a LOT of interest in using natural dessicated thyroid since it contains several important hormones (Synthroid contains only one, and most people seem to hate it - and hate their doctors for prescribing it!). One site to get started - and get outraged - is http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com. They have a lot of info on additional testing you can do and on other forums for education and discussion.

It could be other things of course, but if you are already dealing with thyroid, I'd suggest starting there, and also check out the info on adrenals.

And like Ben says, a little more water might be a good idea too :-)

Good luck!

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 08, 2011
at 08:01 PM

Oh I am only getting tested every 6 months now and it's usually t4, t3.

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

(290)

on June 08, 2011
at 07:41 PM

Thanks checking that out!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 08, 2011
at 10:34 PM

That's useful. I'd expand once in a while so you know, but at least you're seeing T3. I think Synthroid is ONLY T4 and a blend might be better - do some digging on that. And I concur on Nanncy & Dave's suggestions on a glucose tester. They are cheap and easy to use and give you real and useful data.

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on June 08, 2011
at 06:06 PM

I don't think it's diet specific, I think (in my case at least) it's from the workout. While eating Paleo and before I've ended up on the floor for about an hour from a WOD, feeling like I had the worst hangover (dry heaving, headache, ears popping, kept yawning, etc).

I don't do strict CF anymore, mainly for this reason. My goal is to be fit and strong - not a Navy Seal.

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

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on June 08, 2011
at 07:40 PM

That's exactly my symptoms! My ears pop and sometimes feel like I am under water.

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on June 08, 2011
at 06:01 PM

You might consider checking your BP next time that happens if you get headaches as well.

It is closely related to Ben's suggestion of dehydration, but I find that my BP crashes pretty fast if I stress my body too much, and I get similar symptoms.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on June 10, 2011
at 12:50 AM

Err news not new

8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

(290)

on June 10, 2011
at 12:16 AM

Checked bp it was normal today after wod but I also doubled my water and I didn't get sick!

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 10, 2011
at 12:50 AM

That is wonderful new, blood pressure that is too low is surprisingly hard to treat

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