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Breathlessness, light headedness, tingling finger tips, pale skin. What do you think?

Hi, this only happens when I workout after having not worked out for a while, however it is such a pattern break, and alarming, that I worry. After exerting at the gym, it s like a switch is turned, and I feel the onset, and it always fully manifests once I feel the onset. Shortness of breath, light headed (always anticipate passing out, but it never happens) fingers tips start tingling like crazy - all of them. Skin turns very very pale, I look visibly ill. Lasts around 15 minutes. There s no stopping it. I try slow controlled breaths, drinking water, laying down. All I can do is wait for it to pass. I don t think it s a panic attack, because it only happens after lifting weights, and it also usually doesn t happen if I ve been working out consistently, only when I start after not having been to the gym in a while. Keep in mind, I m not over exerting, not lifting anything crazy, pretty standard stuff. Let me k ow what you think.
Asked On : Mon, 14 Jan 2013
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To me the symptoms appear like the onset of a syncope. A syncope is usually caused by reduced blood supply to the brain. The first thing that i would like to get done for you is the cardiac evaluation. The heart problems are very well known to manifest after exertion. When one works out on a regular basis then body gets accustomed to that level of exertion and this adaptation goes off with stopping the activity. Probably that is causing the problem for you when you start it after a gap.
I would definitely want a heart check up.
Good luck.
Answered: Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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