Swimming nausea

Swimming nausea

Post by Vanessa Lynn Smit » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Wow, an on-topic post! Swimming is definitely the weak link for me, so
I've been trying to do more of it. The problem is, I suddenly feel
really nauseated after about 500m. It doesn't matter the length of the
interval--if I do 50s, it comes on the 10th one; on 200s, it comes on
the 3rd. I've tried giving myself more time between intervals, but it
doesn't help.

I'm not really prone to motion sickness, although sometimes I feel a bit
woozy after roller-coasters. I've tried eating beforehand, not eating,
goggles, no goggles. I don't really hammer the intervals; right now I
want good form and I want a 1500m swim to be "not a big deal" the way a
40k bike or a 10k run (by themselves) are "not a big deal". (Yeah, I
want to do some Olys next year). This seems to be a new problem--I did a
bunch of sprints last year with swims of at least 500m, and I did one
Oly. The swim took forever, but I didn't feel sick.

Does anyone have any ideas? I want to do more Olys, but not until I can
finish the swim without scaring the daylights out of the rescue boats.
Thanks for any help!

Vanessa "landlubber" Smith

 
 
 

Swimming nausea

Post by TriathRon Gilcreas » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00

I have the same problem, and it's been suggested that I try one of those
anti-motion sickness wristbands, which has a plastic button or two that
presses on a pressure point inside your wrist. I haven't tried it yet, but I
probably will. Brian W can tell us exactly what the product is called - it's
available in dive shops.
Quote:

>Wow, an on-topic post! Swimming is definitely the weak link for me, so
>I've been trying to do more of it. The problem is, I suddenly feel
>really nauseated after about 500m. It doesn't matter the length of the
>interval--if I do 50s, it comes on the 10th one; on 200s, it comes on
>the 3rd. I've tried giving myself more time between intervals, but it
>doesn't help.

>I'm not really prone to motion sickness, although sometimes I feel a bit
>woozy after roller-coasters. I've tried eating beforehand, not eating,
>goggles, no goggles. I don't really hammer the intervals; right now I
>want good form and I want a 1500m swim to be "not a big deal" the way a
>40k bike or a 10k run (by themselves) are "not a big deal". (Yeah, I
>want to do some Olys next year). This seems to be a new problem--I did a
>bunch of sprints last year with swims of at least 500m, and I did one
>Oly. The swim took forever, but I didn't feel sick.

>Does anyone have any ideas? I want to do more Olys, but not until I can
>finish the swim without scaring the daylights out of the rescue boats.
>Thanks for any help!

>Vanessa "landlubber" Smith


 
 
 

Swimming nausea

Post by Mike Schwin » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Any chance of an inner ear disturbance? A slight infection could disturb the
attitude sensing equipment in your inner ear and make you nauseous when
swimming.



Quote:
> Wow, an on-topic post! Swimming is definitely the weak link for me, so
> I've been trying to do more of it. The problem is, I suddenly feel
> really nauseated after about 500m. It doesn't matter the length of the
> interval--if I do 50s, it comes on the 10th one; on 200s, it comes on
> the 3rd. I've tried giving myself more time between intervals, but it
> doesn't help.

> I'm not really prone to motion sickness, although sometimes I feel a bit
> woozy after roller-coasters. I've tried eating beforehand, not eating,
> goggles, no goggles. I don't really hammer the intervals; right now I
> want good form and I want a 1500m swim to be "not a big deal" the way a
> 40k bike or a 10k run (by themselves) are "not a big deal". (Yeah, I
> want to do some Olys next year). This seems to be a new problem--I did a
> bunch of sprints last year with swims of at least 500m, and I did one
> Oly. The swim took forever, but I didn't feel sick.

> Does anyone have any ideas? I want to do more Olys, but not until I can
> finish the swim without scaring the daylights out of the rescue boats.
> Thanks for any help!

> Vanessa "landlubber" Smith


 
 
 

Swimming nausea

Post by thaitr » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00

        your problem sounds like one i had when i first started swimming.  i'd
have severe balance problems particularly when i got out of the pool to
walk back to the locker room.   i'm not prone to motion sickness either.
the solution for me was to learn bilateral breathing, or breathing on both
sides.  a problem related to the breathing was that my swim technique was
horrid.  the total immersion program fixed all of that.  now i breathe
every three strokes, only have to take 14-15 strokes per 25yd freestyle,
and haven't had a problem since i learned.  
        it's a bit time consuming to learn all of that but it's well worth the
trouble.  i tried earplugss and dramamine first to get a quick fix and they
didn't work at all.  that's my 2 cents.
 
 
 

Swimming nausea

Post by trifr.. » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Do you tend to have low *** pressure?

When swimming, you are exercising in a horizontal position.  Often I am
slightly dizzy after a swim workout, going from the horizontal,
supported by water, to vertical supported by the legs.  I am always
dizzy coming out of the water in the race, but just run to the
transition area and am fine by the time I am on the bike.  Your heart
rate and *** pressure mechanisms don't necessarily respond to changes
immediately.

I have slightly decreased *** pressure sometimes (resting 110/70), not
related to anything in particular.

This may be worth investigating.  If you have access to a ***
pressure device it may be worth checking during or immediately after a
swim.  It may be just an equilibrium thing.  A sports medicine MD may be
of help.

Best wishes,
Frank

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Swimming nausea

Post by root » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Do you where precsription glasses/contacts?  Maybe if you do & aren't using
them in the pool, the change in vision affects your stomache?

Hope this helps!
Ann

Quote:

> Wow, an on-topic post! Swimming is definitely the weak link for me, so
> I've been trying to do more of it. The problem is, I suddenly feel
> really nauseated after about 500m. It doesn't matter the length of the
> interval--if I do 50s, it comes on the 10th one; on 200s, it comes on
> the 3rd. I've tried giving myself more time between intervals, but it
> doesn't help.

> I'm not really prone to motion sickness, although sometimes I feel a bit
> woozy after roller-coasters. I've tried eating beforehand, not eating,
> goggles, no goggles. I don't really hammer the intervals; right now I
> want good form and I want a 1500m swim to be "not a big deal" the way a
> 40k bike or a 10k run (by themselves) are "not a big deal". (Yeah, I
> want to do some Olys next year). This seems to be a new problem--I did a
> bunch of sprints last year with swims of at least 500m, and I did one
> Oly. The swim took forever, but I didn't feel sick.

> Does anyone have any ideas? I want to do more Olys, but not until I can
> finish the swim without scaring the daylights out of the rescue boats.
> Thanks for any help!

> Vanessa "landlubber" Smith

 
 
 

Swimming nausea

Post by Brian Wagne » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> I have the same problem, and it's been suggested that I try one of those
> anti-motion sickness wristbands, which has a plastic button or two that
> presses on a pressure point inside your wrist. I haven't tried it yet, but I
> probably will. Brian W can tell us exactly what the product is called - it's
> available in dive shops.

Sea Bands. They work wonders. I don't get seasick, but I get motion
sickness playing VR games like Doom, and the bands solve the problem.
 
 
 

Swimming nausea

Post by Vanessa Lynn Smit » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Any chance of an inner ear disturbance? A slight infection could disturb the
> attitude sensing equipment in your inner ear and make you nauseous when
> swimming.

Huh. I hadn't thought of that. My ears don't hurt, but is it possible to
have a slight infection and not know it? I'm going to the doctor
Tuesday; I think I'll ask him.  Thanks!

Vanessa

 
 
 

Swimming nausea

Post by Vanessa Lynn Smit » Fri, 19 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Do you where precsription glasses/contacts?  Maybe if you do & aren't using
> them in the pool, the change in vision affects your stomache?

> Hope this helps!
> Ann

I usually wear contacts; I have tried swimming without them, and
swimming with them and goggles (the contacts would fall out if I wore
them without goggles). Same bad result either way, although now that I
think about it, goggles disturb your vision too. Maybe I should look for
less-distorting goggles? Thanks for your help.

Vanessa

 
 
 

Swimming nausea

Post by Albert A. Lyman Jr » Sat, 20 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Vanessa,
try using ear plugs to keep water out of your ears!    More than likely, the
water is messing with your equlilibrium and causing you to feel sick.
 
 
 

Swimming nausea

Post by Phil Squir » Sat, 20 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Others have said it and I'll say it too: Try ear plugs. I use TYR silicone
jobbies, they come in a little plastic box and you mould them into a ball
(yes) and pop 'em in. They work for me, I use them mostly for long straight
swims and longer races. They really make a difference if the water is cold.

HTH

Phil


| Wow, an on-topic post! Swimming is definitely the weak link for me, so
| I've been trying to do more of it. The problem is, I suddenly feel
| really nauseated after about 500m. It doesn't matter the length of the
| interval--if I do 50s, it comes on the 10th one; on 200s, it comes on
| the 3rd. I've tried giving myself more time between intervals, but it
| doesn't help.
|
| I'm not really prone to motion sickness, although sometimes I feel a bit
| woozy after roller-coasters. I've tried eating beforehand, not eating,
| goggles, no goggles. I don't really hammer the intervals; right now I
| want good form and I want a 1500m swim to be "not a big deal" the way a
| 40k bike or a 10k run (by themselves) are "not a big deal". (Yeah, I
| want to do some Olys next year). This seems to be a new problem--I did a
| bunch of sprints last year with swims of at least 500m, and I did one
| Oly. The swim took forever, but I didn't feel sick.
|
| Does anyone have any ideas? I want to do more Olys, but not until I can
| finish the swim without scaring the daylights out of the rescue boats.
| Thanks for any help!
|
| Vanessa "landlubber" Smith