Son needs help

Hello everyone, ran across this page while trying to find how to help my son. My son is 17 and started out having a fantastic season in HS Cross Country. He was doing well in both practices and competitions finishing near the top and feeling good before, during and after all his runs. Then suddenly about 2 weeks ago something changed drastically.

Now he cant run a mile without being exhausted and feeling really nauseous. Says when he starts out, he already feels like he has run 8-10 miles. His legs are already heavy in the first few minutes of his run. The oddest thing is that even though he eats a small snack an hour before he runs, the moment he starts running he feels full...like he just ate an entire meal. This passes in the first few minutes of his run but then instead he says he feels like he is starving and has no energy. His speed and endurance have completely disappeared.

We have done multiple blood tests, we have checked iron, mono, ferritin, thyroid, gluclose, and several things I didnt recognize.

Nothing in his diet, routine or otherwise health has changed. He typically feels fine except for these issues when he runs. He is rarely sick.

His coaches, teammates and doctors are baffled. Im posting this here hoping someone has experience with symptoms like this and can give me some ideas on what to do. Any input is welcome. Thank you so much (in advance).

DA David

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  1. JA

    James I hope it's nothing serious.

    Although please don't mind me saying that being a straight A student isn't easy, if a student makes it look so easy. It might be the pressure of having to do well in all these facets. Would you be open to scheduling a visit to the school analyst/therapist/counselor? If the school doesn't have one, would you be willing to take your son to therapy elsewhere?

    I have been visiting an analyst for sometime now, and it has really helped me in all spheres of life, especially in terms of handling self-set goals and expectations. Please don't take this suggestion the wrong way. There is nothing wrong about thinking about therapy. Just a thought :)

    0 7 Jan 19
  2. Mark

    Mark My first thought was overtraining. I guess more tests will be done, but a couple of weeks rest and read morethen an easy re-introduction of exercise might help? It would certainly rule it out. Also, as ceefin61 suggested there could be some stress involved especially as I am sure he's feeling a little down about the issues he is having.

    0 24 Sep 18
  3. DA

    David No, hes a Jr. in HS. School is pretty easy for him, straight A student....really enjoys running. read more Coach is amazing, he only drives himself.

    0 22 Sep 18
  4. ceefin61

    ceefin61 Has he just started college or university? It could be stress related

    0 21 Sep 18