Exercise can cause canker sores too29 messages in this subject.
I think we belong to group of people prone to get ulcers for any reason. I also have problems with ulcers, it manifests when body should "repair" damage caused by excercise so imune system is weaker. I cure it, very successfully with vit C. When i feel spot on tongue with slight pain, i know what is going to happen, so before sleep take 2 tee spoon of vit C (from shop 100 grams per 2,5 Euro) and next morning is everything fine, sometimes when workload is higher and ulcers are still there, i need to increase dosage of vit C, and take it next whole day (there is slight disatvantage that higher dose of vit C makes you bloated) but after one night or night and day I am cured. So for everyone who fights ulcers whole life, thats worth a try (talking about decent training "nothing pro"). And before sleep rinse my mouth with propolis (tincture of propolis and alcohol)(propolis - bees produces that and it is small magic on its own)
Just for comparison I used to train olympic weight-lifting and workload was really intensive. When You train beyond "limit" (what could be considered 80 percent of your maximum with 90 minutes training session (dynamic work out: snatch, squats, clean and jerk) which takes almost every muscle in your body 3-4 times a week) your receptors send a signal to body that you are in state of "illness" (huge impact on recovery budget) you need serious rest, it means no social life after 8 PM, no alcohol, avoid sex, you need proper food (whatever it could mean) and so on, cause if not (I used to take 40 g of vit c per day and it didnt help) ulcers will manifest (my own experience).
|SSSS 6 January 20|
|So glad i found this message forum. I thought i was in my own. I wondered what was wring as only ever had one or two ulcers at the same time but presently have about 10-15. Mostly under the skin but i was freaking out. I have recently started doing couch to 5k and think the exercise has worn me out and sent my mouth into ulcer mayhem. My throat glands are sometimes enlarged and i feel tired. Is that normal with these too? Thank you.|
|Pam 22 September 19|
|Thank you all for such valuable information|
|Mariet 8 August 19|
|Iíve got a super painful ulcer at the moment, I donít normally get them and Iíve just started CrossFit. Iíve been pushing myself so hard physically in the last few weeks so yeah, looks like there could be a connection.|
|Emma 19 July 19|
|Hi everyone. Iíve been suffering with recurring canker sores for 8 years. Every 3 months like clock work. I was also training very hard. Iím 40 now and have noticed the last few years that when I workout hard I feel crappy the rest of the day. I get moodier and very reactive. Recently I took a break from lifting and started yoga and meditation. The site have been fewer and farther between. I had such a bad outbreak in 2017 that I was put in the hospital. They ran every test and no answers|
They were shocked. The put me on prednisone for a few days and they disappeared. Now when I do start getting one I take 10mg of prednisone for a day or two then 5mg for 2-3 days and I donít get breakouts. Still frustrated because I donít want to take prednisone and also I would love to train hard again. Going to functional medicine dr next week to dig deeper!
|JP 19 July 19|
|Agree with everything above. Reassuring to know lots of other people have similar symptoms. I am convinced (over) exercising is the cause of my ulcers. It is sometimes followed by fatigue. I have noticed stress can also cause them. My mouth definitely gets dry during exercise so I will now place more emphasis on hydration, before, during and after exercise. I am also convinced the immune system is affected. I will research how I can improve diet and/or vitamin supplements. Interesting to note the body pH. I love salt and vinegar peanuts, so problem solved.|
|Derek 29 May 19|
|I have been getting these blasted ulcers all my life after exercise. They make you feel tired for days after and its very frustrating. I think its also an immune response. When I eat organic natural yogurt, that seems to keep them at bay.|
|Eamonn from Ireland. 23 April 19|
|Well after having reoccurring mouth ulcers I googled in running and ulcers and found this page ..and yes just as I thought ..its the running stress on the body ..I have been running 30m three times per week ..so now I am cutting down to twice per week , then even once per week ..I can say that also I once had a bad cold ,had to stop running for 2 whole weeks ..yet I was still able to pick up where I left off !! so not losing any of my fitness...running is extremely taxing on the body , the longer you run for = the less days you should train , therefore having more rest between workouts...I used to be a Bodybuilder ..in the gym people were training 3 or 4 times per week and were stagnant in there lifting capability ..I trained a whole body workout just for a total of 15 minutes once per fortnight , and guess what , I was stronger EVERY time I went to the gym .. my strength went through the roof !!|
|Neil Booth 15 November 18|
|sigh. Itís April 16, 2018, Iím an overweight 19 year old girl and Iím just starting a big exercise kick. Low and behold, I have a canker sore. I have severe anxiety and depression (one of the reasons Iím getting into fitness) and I usually get cankers when Iím stressed to hell, like when Iím in finals week or something. I KNOW Iím not stressed right now. Lemme say, this exercise canker is SO much worse than the stress canker. I guess I should chill out? Can I work through it and maybe my body will adjust and the sores will leave? Yikes.|
|chey the sufferer 17 April 18|
|I used to over train. Now I just train 15 minutes a week. Iím a hardgainer. Lmao. Bro you should be warming up at least 10 minutes prework out and squat frequently to get stronger. And yes your going to need to eat a lot to fuel your recovery. Do you even lift. |
And it not so much over training as it is not giving the body Adequate recovery
|Leg day 1 April 18|
|I swim about 1.5kms per day. When I swim or exercise regularly I land up in mouth soars. It has become a continuous problem for me these days|
|Raaj 25 August 17|
|Wow. I ran the Boston Marathon on Monday and was about to call my dentist bc brushing my teeth has been so painful ever since - I noticed there are canker sores all over my gums, and I never get them. This was my 14th marathon so who knows what caused it, but it's already getting better today...just fyi! It must be the heavy breathing combined with all the salt intake. Thx for this info - very helpful!|
|AnnaB 20 April 17|
|Interesting comments above. I ended up visiting my GP because of the issues of quite painful mouth ulcers. I know it always fell into a pattern of intense training = mouth ulcers. I had a blood test and the results showed a very high level of a chemical release that is identified directly with over training. He actually told me the chemical actively depleats the muscle fibres (double edged sword!). I try to combat this now by taking Vitamin C & B12 supplements to help the immune system. This has helped. I have also started taking water onboard whilst training where viable. Hope this helps|
|Adrian 15 March 17|
|I have had off and on cankor sores since my early teens. When I was young the doctor said it was stress. I have been athletic most my life. I am 44 now. Recently I took about 6 months off training. I got back in fairly hard and bam I have two mouth sores. I am a mouth and nose breather, I have been drinking high ph water and a lot of coffee. I am not sure if it's the dry mouth, breaking down of the immune system, or the pH change in my body. I am certain it's one of the three or a combination|
|Justwannabefree 22 January 17|
|Hi just wontid to say That I all so have to fight this problem.|
I bike 200-300 hundred miles a week and work out at the gym.
I found the slushin to stoping this.
What hapins is the bodys ph gos up with Dehydration heavy body stress
So two neutralize the Heavy Ph use Salt and vinegar.
I just started using more salt on my food and hear is the kicker I have a pickle
If I don't thay cume back fast. Hope this helps
|Troy Vickrey 21 February 16|
|I am very athletic. I have suffered canker sores my whole life and I have noticed it gets worse with lots of exercise. But I have a new theory. Mucous is what protects the oral cavity. I am a mouth breather. Always have been. As a child my nose and throat were highly congested--probably a reaction to consuming dairy. No matter how hydrated one is, mouth breathing dries out the mucous in the mouth. The harder one works out, the more necessary mouth breathing becomes and the more the mouth's natural defense is compromised (and more so in cold dry air). I am curious how many canker sore sufferers are mouth breathers.|
|Kay 19 January 16|
|I have suffered mouth ulcers my entire life. I am now 32 years old (female) and get them a lot worse than before. I have been back and forth to the doctors, blood tests etc which all returned negative. However i have noticed a pattern, the more i exercise and the harder I train I seem to have an 'episode' of mouth ulcers combined with extreme fatigue. Could there be a connection? I am at my witts end with these ulcers, I can barely eat or talk, they cover my tongue and round my gums. I would consider myself to be healthy, i don't smoke and rarely drink. Any help or input would be greatly appreciated!|
|alexa 23 July 15|
|Same with me, it started this summer, I never had these kinds of symptoms when exercising. Now if I exercise, I get mouth sores, if I stop they go away.|
|Pankaj 8 June 15|
|Getting dehydrated seems to be a fairly common trigger, so it is probably worth taking this into account when exercising. Not sure I'd trust the"sports drinks" either, water seems to work well!|
|Dom Walton 10 April 13|
|Exercise seems to be the cause of my ulcer. I am on a combination of p90x workouts and cardio and last week I did an extremely intense workout. I felt extremely tired afterwards and the next morning I started to get the symptoms. I know cankers sores can be caused by fatigue so to me it would make sense that exercise fatigue could also trigger it.|
|Alonso 10 April 13|
|I am not an over trainer. I am overweight and need to lose 50 pounds. I signed up for a 10 week transformation program at the fitness center last fall. I exercise 1 hour 5 days a week. I got severe cankor sores. After the 10 week program, they went away. I didn't realize the correlation under I started a second 10 week program on Monday. Today, after only four days, I can feel the cankor sores coming. Really??? What do you do about this?|
|Kathy 10 January 13|
|I JUST BEGAN EXCERZING AND I STARTED OFF WITH 1 HOUR A DAY D NEXT WEEK I FIGURED I DO MORE, SO I STARTED DOING 2-3 HOURS IN A GYM AT THE PARK UNDER THE SUN AND NOT DRINKING ANY WATER UNTIL ONE DAY I CAME HOME WITH A BAD HEADACHE MY EYES WERE BURNING AND I HAD A SMALL BLISTER LOOKING THING IN THE TIP OF MY TOUNGUE. I FIGURED IT WAS BECAUSE I ATE SOMETHING HOT BUT NOW I KNOW ITS BECAUSE OF THE EXCERSIZE BECAUSE IM GETTING THEM ALL OVER MY MOUTH.|
|RUBY GARCIA 22 June 11|
|hi am 14 years old , i do running and competitions for 3000 meters sometimes 800 meters and i feel that if i dont exercise every day i will loose my fitness and i feel that i have gotta exercise otherwise i feel guilty about myself, my mum and dad dont like me exercising too much and they dont let me exercise in the house because they think am skinny and i do too much coz i do training aswell , so i have to be really sneaky and do a 20 minute jog on the spot upstairs and then about 3 hours later i do a 30 minute jog on the spot aswell as other lil exercises , i have started getting more tired and i have now got a mouth ulcer but i dont know if over-exercising is the problem do u think it is ? i also do every sports club in my school :]|
|sophie 25 August 10|
|I'm 43, hadn't had a mouth ulcer in years, I used to ride 50km to work twice a week. A the beginning of last year a work mate (41) and I decided to train for triathlons and the half ironman, we picked up our training and besides very healthy diets (high veg) we both ended up with mouth ulcers.|
|Gary 5 June 10|
|I've just been on a fitness kick the last two weeks and have been pushing myself pretty hard with high intensity exercise (Squash, running, cycling) I have a mouth full of ulcers - with one being really really huge (Co-incidence or not???)|
|Daniel 30 May 10|
|This is interesting because I notice canker sores ALWAYS after I exercise because I guess the stress on your body makes them pop out. I am in my 20's now and I used to get like one or two when i was younger but now I get them a lot. Did any of you have that problem? I started panicking thinking that I had a disease like cancer or worse.|
|Spain1 28 May 10|
|I get colds when I excercise too much.... I think the immune system takes a hit after excercise and makes you more susceptible to stuff... technically speaking;)|
|Mickey 13 December 09|
|interesting - a doctor I once saw about the cause of my ulcers said that he gets them when he exercises too much...|
|TM 12 December 09|
|Like many, my main triggers are stress, lack of sleep, and sleeping with a dry mouth open after drinking alcohol (we all need to let our hair down sometimes!).|
But my other biggest cause of canker sores is overtraining.
I do strength training and in my many years of experience I can say that NEARLY EVERYONE who engages in regular exercise overtrains to some degree. I mean everyone, not just athletes and fitness fanatics.
It's the main reason why people fail to progress in their strength/fitness, and it becomes damaging to your entire body.
Ask yourself if you may be overtaxing your nervous system/ organs etc.. with exercise, either through excessive intensity, volume, or frequency (are you working too hard, too much, or too often? Or all three?)
Yes, moderate jogging for 20 minutes three times a week really can be TOO MUCH for some people, myself included. I had far more canker sores in my twenties when I trained too hard, bullishly ignoring the warning signs. Now I maintain a respectable physique with about 15 minutes training, once per week, and I am much healthier (I also eat a 'normal' amount of acidic foods now rather than silly unnecessary bodybuilder amounts which was also very damaging I'm sure).
This may sound completely bonkers to you if you've never heard much about this issue (the multi-billion pound fitness industry would love everyone to believe that more is better), but google 'hardgainer', 'abbreviated training', or 'consolidated training', and you'll find that a massive subculture exists in the muscle and fitness community, of people and movements that are aware of not only the ineffectiveness of over-exercising, but also its dangers.
I am certainly what's called an 'extreme hardgainer', but even if you are totally normal, you could VERY EASILY be over-exercising and causing all kinds of problems in your body INCLUDING MOUTH ULCERS.
|Dean 12 December 09|
Exercise can cause canker sores too29 messages in this subject.