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What causes severe shaky, lightheadedness and loss of balance while exercising?

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Posted on Tue, 17 May 2016
Question: hey lately when working out lifting weights. I feel extremely shaky and lightheaded. and when running playing soccer when I stop to catch my breath I feel my head get hot and feel like a loss of balance is that notmal?
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (24 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
This is normal if you have not been used to exercising!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about this feeling that you have reported. You must start exercising gradually to build your stamina. If you fail to do so and get into intense activities, then these symptoms are typical of an untrained person. If you had been previously fit and this happen just out of a sudden, then I will say get your blood checked for possible anemia. If you recently started these exercises and feeling this way, then you have to decrease the intensity and build up your resistance over time through consistency and gradual increase in intensity.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be. Above all, thanks for using our services.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah (24 minutes later)
I am fit I work out 5 times a week and had never happen to me that's why I was worried that this is suddenly happening I did get some blood test ordered I will have my results tommorow because I've been having heart skip beats
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Communicate results to me as well!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

With you being fit, then we need to have this investigated. Am happy your doctor is already doing so. If you wish to have an independent second opinion about your results, upload them to me for review and comments.

I hope to hear from you. I wish you well and do keep me updated.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah (35 minutes later)
sure thing doc I got like six vials of blood drawn and I'll pick up the results tommorow and let you know thanks I also or an ecg for heart palps should I request for a stress ecg because my heart palps get intense with exercise
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (55 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Lets review the initial resulst, fisrt!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Let's review the initial results. If they are not conclusive, then we can go investigating further. I will be on the look out for the results and let me have a look.

Until then, I wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah (14 hours later)
here are my lab results doc said everything was normal and she referred me to the cardiologist because of the heart palps
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (18 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Way to go: See a cardiologist!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I have reviewed the results as well and there is nothing of concern at this time. I will however second what your doctor has said by recommending you see a cardiologist. At this time, an EKG and probably at rest as well as during exercise would be very helpful to make the difference.

I hope this helps. Keep me posted. Am genuinely interested to know how this plays out. Until next, stay well and safe!

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah (11 minutes later)
thank you doctor yeah I had 2 ekg done already nothing wrong next step will be stress ekg I shall keep you updated thank you
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Okay!

Detailed Answer:
Thanks and let's stay in touch. All the best as you go through this process.

I wish you well.
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What causes severe shaky, lightheadedness and loss of balance while exercising?

Brief Answer: This is normal if you have not been used to exercising! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about this feeling that you have reported. You must start exercising gradually to build your stamina. If you fail to do so and get into intense activities, then these symptoms are typical of an untrained person. If you had been previously fit and this happen just out of a sudden, then I will say get your blood checked for possible anemia. If you recently started these exercises and feeling this way, then you have to decrease the intensity and build up your resistance over time through consistency and gradual increase in intensity. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be. Above all, thanks for using our services.