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Is there a Dr. in the house?(10 posts)

Is there a Dr. in the house?lonefrontranger
Mar 5, 2003 1:48 PM
I am enduring my annual bout with a chest cold, and would like some expert feedback on when it's best to get back to training at intensity.

I know and have preached the time-honored rule of "anything above the neck is safe, below the neck, don't bother". I have been miserable, feverish and achy for the past 2 days. Today I feel fine physically and energy levels are high, but I am still coughing up a lot of crap and stuffy in the head. My feeling is that this is typically when I'd try to get back into my training regimen and simply make matters worse - should I leave it another day or so? I've had six-week bouts of bronchitis and don't plan to do that again.

Thoughts? I'm sick of looking at the walls and it's a nice day out!
Mar 5, 2003 2:10 PM
I consulted with a Doc who lives next door and he said you could start to bring the intensty back up when you aren't coughing up green stuff without much effort. If you really have to work to get some stuff up and out, go ride!
It's Wednesday and you live in Colorado, so you probably have some time before it gets fast and furious. Wait til the weekend rides to get back on. A XBOX always keeps me occupied when I'm feeling sickly! Or, to quote Bluto in "Animal House", "My advice, start drinking heavily!"
hot mustard poultices?ColnagoFE
Mar 5, 2003 2:40 PM
just kidding...If your body is saying "no", listen. I don't think you have a motivation problem and you aren't gonna lose that much fitness so take it easy, drink lots of fluids, and eat some chicken soup.
I just came from my doctor, with you-don't-want-to-knowbill
Mar 5, 2003 3:10 PM
coming from my sinuses. He said, with fine scientific precision, listen to your body. Don't go nuts. He said that I should take it easy for another couple of days, but after that I should be fine. And I'm thinking, this guy has no more clue than I do.
I've heard the rule. I think that the rule really is that the rules are way overblown. I'm not a doctor, but as a lawyer I work with them often enough, and you come to realize that, although they are trained to offer certainty, they really don't know a whole lot about how your body will react in a given situation. They may know something about the bell curve, but that's about it. Experience may give them a extra bit of wisdom in the more or less department, but that's about as good as it gets.
If I'm going to play doctor (that's fresh, isn't it? ooh, baby), I would say go ride but lay off the intensity. If you feel like sh*t an hour after you get off the bike, you overdid it and don't do that again until you feel better.
How's that for a lot of nothing?
You rang?S-U-B
Mar 5, 2003 3:52 PM
I am a doctor, and I am also going through the same thing your are LFR. I waited until the day I started improving, and my energy was back. That happened to be last night. I went through a bout last year of about 6-8 weeks of the bronchitis as well, it ended my racing season. I actually tried to race like that, I think I got dropped on a downhill I was so weak! I decided to get back on the trainer and start off easy and see how I felt. I ended up doing power intervals for 35 minutes with a another hour of tempo and I felt better after I got off the bike and I feel better today. Hop on and see how you feel, if you feel good then go for it.
re: Is there a Dr. in the house?hatchetman
Mar 5, 2003 4:56 PM
Hey, have you even seen a Dr yet? You may want to think about it. I thought I just had a bad flu and ended up in the hospital for 8 days and just got home today. Yours does sound a bit different than mine, but it's best to be cautious. If I'd have seen a doctor earlier I could've avoided the hospital.
Call my wife nuts but.....Willz
Mar 5, 2003 5:39 PM
she says it's a little late now but when you feel a cold coming on in the future, take 1000 mg of Vit. C every hour for four hours straight then take 1000 mg every four hours. No need to get up in the night to take it but continue with 1000 mg every four hours for the next four days. It has worked for us.

Drink lots of fluids.
that's alot of C. excessive vit c = montezuma's revenge. nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 6, 2003 7:15 AM
Mar 5, 2003 6:08 PM
It sounds like a viral infection(flu), and as such training itself won't really affect how quickly you recover (within limits , of course). The problem is your lung congestion. You may end with continued bronchial irritation if you breathe in a bunch of crap (which you do when you ride). As you mentioned, you've had bouts with bronchitis in the past. I would start using an expectorant to clear your bronchial secretions and begin training gradually. Try not to get too winded, especially if its cold or smoggy (more irritation). If you find you are aggravating your lungs, take it easy for a few more days or see your physician for treatment. Best luck.
re: Is there a Dr. in the house?KEN2
Mar 5, 2003 7:35 PM
No, I'm not a physician... but your symptoms, especially feverish and achy, are not characteristic of a cold but of the flu. It's not only potentially more serious, but for many people it seems to take several weeks for the body to fully recover from the flu.