Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
183 Doctors are Online

Feeling tightness in throat and breathing difficulty after a work out. How to overcome this?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Emergency Medicine Specialist
Practicing since : 2006
Answered : 300 Questions
I am currently going to a persona; trainer and when I am doing the more aerobic work my throat tightens under me voice box and it feels like I cant take a full breath. I have never had this before
Posted Thu, 21 Feb 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Sheeba Stephen 3 hours later
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

From the description of your symptoms, I would consider the following possibilities:

- Dehydration and dryness of the throat after a work-out can be a likely cause

- Salt (sodium or potassium) level abnormalities can also result in muscle spasms and such symptoms. It is possible that the aerobic work-outs could be resulting in sweating and salt loss.

- Another possibility to be considered is an atypical panic attack. Sometimes, physical exertion and breathlessness can trigger an anxiety / panic attack.

- Sometimes, an anginal pain (due to a cardiac cause) can present with such symptoms and difficulty in breathing, after exertion. Though anginal pain is typically over the chest, in some cases, pain or tightness may be experienced above the chest.

You can try to reduce the intensity of your aerobic exercises (try to start mild and step it up gradually). You can also ensure that you drink plenty of water prior to your work-out. You can also try taking an Oral Rehydration Solution before your work-out to replenish any salt loss during the exercises. Taking potassium-rich foods like banana and tender coconut may also help.

In case, the problem is still persistent despite these simple measures, then you will have to have a medical evaluation including an ECG and a Stress test.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Emergency Medicine Specialist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Doctor Now

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor