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Gagging while workouts

This may sound weird, but when I work out (especially when I bench press and when I do bicep curls) I gag very easily, which causes me to stop in mid or early set of my excersize. This wasn't a problem before, but all of a sudden started occuring out of nowhere. I do has nasal problems, but even when I clear my nasal passages, I still gag. I try to clear my head, because I know if I think of it, it will occur too. But it still happens. My muscles around my neck tightens and I start gagging. I tried relaxing before starting my next set and drinking water before my next set, but it doesnt help.
It also occurs when I eat, but thats not my main problem. I just need some opinions of how to help stop it, or minimize it. Thanks.
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The gag reflex is a direct result of irritation of the throat of pharynx.  Since your gagging occurs when you exercise or eat, I would suspect that you have a condition called gastritis.  This is a chronic condition in the stomach caused by a critter called Helicobacter pylori.  It is a bacteria that just loves the acidic environment of the stomach and causes an inflammation.  This inflammation starts in the stomach and works up into the throat.  It can be without symptoms for a long time. When it gets ready to say Hello, this bacteria causes gagging that will progress to vomiting, sometimes with blood in the spit.  It is not life-threatening and can be treated.  You need to see a doctor for a true diagnoses and treatment.  If you have this friendly little bugger, it will not go away on it's own.  Over the counter NSAIDS will help, but it will not make it go away.
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iv got this exact problem.... although iv had it for some time... i had something called an endoscopy "where they shove a camera down your throwt to take a look a you stomach" which found nothing... im extremly confused by this and need an answer as soon as possible .... one of my doctors sais it could be due to stress ?  douse this make any sense ?   ..... and how can helicobacterpylori be detected and treated ??? if you have any answers to my qeustions please e-mail me it would be greatly appreciated.....my e-mail is   maroon_machine_2008***@****  and my name is Andrew ....thankyou
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it's maroon_machine_2008 as showed above but at yahoo. co.uk
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I also have a very similar problem. I'm a 23yr old male. I run alot to control my weight until b4 xmas last year, I developed an abnormal gagging problem where, if I was under heavy exertion (and sometimes not doing anything) I would literally have to stop and have a gagging 'fit'. It feels as like my throat sort of dries up and there's no saliva to lubricate it, then I try to swallow and start gagging constantly. I had a gag fit while I was driving at one time and caused me to run off the road and just try to calm myself. I dont feel sick or anything, I never vomit, I dont have trouble breathing or eating. I also had the thing where they put the light down your throat but I was told everything was normal. I had an ultrasound on my throat as well and got the same result. I dont suffer from any stress or anything. It mainly happens (95%) if I'm under heavy activity. Its seems a small problem, but is controlling my life at the moment and is very embarrassing to me, and wont go away. The doctors here are no help. If someone knows something that will help or ultimately stop this, it would be massively appreciated.
Cheers. Jay.
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I have something similar but it mostly happens when I am running. I have started to notice it more after I eat as well. I don't feel sick to my stomach but I all of a sudden have an urge to throw up. When I am running its the same, I just start gagging. I am a 24 yr old female who has been running all my life and this has just started within a couple of months. My eating habits have not changed and I make sure I drink plenty of water throughout the day. If someone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks
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I have a problem similar to this. but it doesn't look like anyone has any answers? or anything that helps?
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I have the same problem. More accurately described by Jay991. I get it when I lift weights. I tend to gag and my stomach would churn and then i burp and feel a bit better. I also noticed when the weather turns really hot or cold quickly, I would start having these gagging fits. It's really annoying because I would have to stop a lot of times when working out. Where a workout typically took 2hours now drag on to over 3 hours. I also feel like i have no saliva and my throat would feel dry and sticky
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vubu, Yeh the burping seems to help me feel alittle better too. it slows down everything. i've tried taking different types of drinks with me and nothing seems to fix it. 2 years down the track I still have this same stupid problem. But I keep running everyday. I have to stop at least 10 times to have a sip of my drink to try to prevent the gagging. I find running in cold weather it doesn't occur as much. Its like when I dry up it occurs so I don't know what the hell is going on. If anyone has any answers it would definately be appreciated.
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I recently had a problem similar to all of this for the past 6 months. I ended up seeing a gastroenterologist and being diagnosed with being perfectly healthy. The next step recommended by the gastroenterologist was to have an MRI done and, if that didn't work, to see a psychologist. I decided to wait due to financial problems. In the meantime I saw an Ear/Nose/Throat doctor, since i was noticing a tightness in my throat that seemed to be the cause of the gagging. The E/N/T doctor saw that my adenoids were abnormally large for my age, and they looked a bit irritated. My tonsils also appeared to be a bit large, but not too large that they should have been causing a problem. I ended up having the MRI done after this point, as I started receiving financial support after this. The MRI came up clean, but once again my adenoids and tonsils were brought up again. I decided to have the adenoids and tonsils removed. It was a good thing I chose to have all of that removed, as it turned out I had tissue infections in both my adenoids and my tonsils. I am still in pain from having the tonsils removed, but I have not experienced any urge to gag, so this seems to have fixed the problem.
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Hi, if you're feeling gagging during the exercising when the probable reason I could see is reflux of some gastric contents due to I intra-abdominal pressure. This particularly happens when you are lying down on the bench as in your case. You may try to do benchpress in an inclined position with head up and see if gagging occurs or not. The other reason could be posterior nasal discharge due to the nasal problem you're having. For that you have to see an ENT surgeon. These are the two possibilities where the flood or fluid can reach the pharynx to cause irritation and gagging as in your case. I hope this helps. Good luck.
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Ok Guy's here's a massive prevention (maybe not a cure but DEFINATELY HELPS me), Interesting, but I think I may have found it. After 2 and a half years of this stupid problem I decided to have a go at simply sucking on strong mints such as eclipse blue. I'll chew on acouple before I workout to get the cool clear sensation in my mouth and nose and sit acouple in my mouth as I workout. this seems to cool my air intake and stop the gagging while i workout. Every now and then I'll still need a sip of my drink but the cool sensation comtinues as liquid passes down my throat and makes a HUGE difference. and now believe it or not I am able to push past my previous limits and get fitter with no problems!! I STRONGLY suggest to give this a go as its way cheaper than all this doctor expence and getting no answers. I can now run a marathon and am now excited about my life again.
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I get exactly the same thing, especialy when doing pulling exercises (curls, pull-ups).  I now chew a highly minted gum (like Dentene ICE(,  which helps a little, but I am stlll frusted that sometimes I cannot complete my work-out.  My doctor said it is most likely a very slight post-nasal drip which could cause the irritation.  I am hoping one of you finds the trigger!!
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