Odd Heart Rate Problem

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 8/24/2006 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I've searched long and hard for an answer and cannot find anything.  I did find this page so I thought I would ask, see if anybody had ever had anything similar.
First, I apologize if this becomes a lengthy post.
I always should have been in fairly good shape.  I was in sports since I was very little.  When I was about 15-18 I was very active.  I was in soccer and ran track, went to the gym with my mother and lifted free weights with my father.  I noticed something strange though.  No matter how good of shape I should have been in, I got worn out easily.  I could not run the mile with the other people or simple things like that.  I would feel very out of shape.
When I would go to the gym with my mom, I would run or walk on the treadmill.  The heart rate monitors on the treadmill would clock my heart rate at around 190-200, even just walking.  I thought nothing of it at the time, it must have been wrong, it couldn't have been that.
I took a couple of lazy years, I would walk occasionally, but nothing too vigours.  I'm now just barely 21.  Female, if that makes a difference.  I got a gym membership and have been going  on average 3-4 times a week for the last 7 months. 
I was quickly reminded of the long forgotten "problem."  My cardio has not improved one bit in the last half a year.  I walk at a meer 3.5 on the treamill with only a 2% incline.  Within 3 minutes my heart rate jumps to over 160.  By 5-7 minutes my heart rate is up at 185.  If I do any more than that my heart rate has and will go up another 10bpm.  I then start to get the worn out and ill feeling.  I go on several different machines with the thought that maybe that one is broken.  I have purchased a chest strap heart rate monitor.  It reads the same.  I have returned the monitor twice thinking it was faulty.  Everything reads the same.
I know I should see a doctor about this, right now I cannot afford to.  Though I am planning to within a month or so. 
I am wondering if anybody has any experience with anything similar or has a clue at all.
Thank you for reading and for any help.

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 8/31/2006 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Simba, First let me welcome you to Healing Well forum, we are happy to have you.  I am terribly sorry about the late response; I have been on vacation and have just gotten back.  Sometimes the cardio board is a little slow with member’s posts so hopefully you will get some more responses.

The first thing I would ask is do you have a family history of heart problems?  This is something that a physician is going to look at...especially with you being so young presenting with these problems.  Second, you mention that you have been watching your heart rate for several years and that with exercise you feel "worn out and ill feeling" but you don’t say anything about chest pain, sharp pains, dizziness or anything of this nature.  This would suggest that perhaps you may be pushing yourself too much when you exercise instead of it being a heart problem.  Especially since your feeling worn out and sick during or afterwards exercise.

However, since this is something that has given you great stress in the past and is continuing to do so I would strongly suggest that you do seek medical consult.  If for nothing else than to ease your mind and ensure you that everything is okay.  I sincerely hope that it is.  Please do keep us updated on how you’re doing and feel free to post anytime.  Take care


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