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Mark Atwood
Exhaling ammonia?
About four days ago, while at the gym, I started noticing something odd. About two minutes into my cardio workout, just about the time I got my heartrate in zone, every time I exhaled, I noticed the faint faint odor of ammonia. I thought "weird", figured maybe someone was mopping one of the locker rooms, and dismissed it.

It happened again the next day, then yesterday, and now again today.

I can smell it only when I exhale.

This is beyond weird.

So, is ammonia a human metabolic byproduct? If so, is it normal to be generating so much of it while exercising?
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akicif From: akicif Date: March 26th, 2003 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)

I don't want to worry you, but...

See a doctor. That sounds horribly like the beginning of kidney failure.
akicif From: akicif Date: March 26th, 2003 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Another thing. One of the tests for kidney failure looks for excess creatinine. It may be an idea to stop taking it (or any other nitrogenous supplement) for a while.

I dearly hope I'm wrong, but you're far better checking with a professional.
From: missdimple Date: March 26th, 2003 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Aggggggggggggggggg! If you don't go see a doctor, I'll drag you to one! Besides, it might not be a bad idea having one monitor you during this whole body transformation that you are doing.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 26th, 2003 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Not going to die. Again. Still.

I did some research last night, about ammonia metabolism. And yes, it is a sign of early kidney failure (mainly because ammonia exhalation is the "emergency backup" way of getting rid of metabolized nitrogen, the body would rather convert it to urea in the liver and then send it to the kidneys to get pissed out). But it's also a sign of eating lots of protein, and of overtraining on the EC machine.

Solution: drink even more water and don't push quite so hard while doing cardio.

Yes, my doctor knows about my exercising. He's been wanting me (and most all of his other patients) to do it for years now.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 28th, 2003 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Don't Die.

Just don't.

Come and have dinner over here instead.
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