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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby katraya » Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:29 pm

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Skye1013 wrote:Ok... so this falls more under the "health" category...

Occasionally, I'll get this feeling over most (if not all) of my body that's like little pins or needles pricking me (kind of like an itch, but over nearly my entire body.) It never really lasts more than about 10-15 seconds, but I'm wondering what could be the cause of it. Anyone else ever have similar experiences?



Does it feel like the same 'pins and needles' that you get when a foot falls asleep?

If so, it sounds like something nerve-related. At any rate, you might want to get that checked out by an actual doctor.

That is what I was thinking. Nerve/circulation. I'd talk to a professional. It's probably nothing but better safe than sorry etc.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:57 am

I did some google searches before I posted, and most people that have described similar experiences, have them for days/weeks/months at a time. Mine only ever last about 20 seconds. And I'd have to say it's not quite like a foot falling asleep, it's like your entire body starts itching at the same time. At one point I thought it had to do with extreme temperature changes (like my body was overheating while adjusting from coming inside after being in the cold) but I'm not so sure about that now, since when it happened yesterday, I was inside the entire time.

I'll hold off seeing a doctor just yet (I don't want it to somehow delay my leaving Germany any longer than I'm already being delayed.) Maybe I'll discuss it with someone while I'm on leave in the states.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:59 am

Hrobertgar wrote:If this is what is happeneing to you, then it will happen after you take a vitamin/niacin supplement or consume food high in Niacin. But that is the only thing I am familiar with that is similar to what you describe.

I guess that's a possibility, but I'm not taking any sort of supplements. Not sure if Niacin is something typically found in energy drinks (Monster/Amp) guess I could google that as well.


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What's in AMP Overdrive? I'm glad you asked, because whoever designed this can did a great job of making that information easily available (unlike many of the other cans, I mean, who makes an energy drink and doesn't list the mg of caffeine?) The following are mg and % of daily allowance (where applicable) per serving: Riboflavin 1.7mg/100%, Niacin 20mg/100%, Pantothenic Acid 10mg/100%, Phosphorus 20mg/2%, Taurine 148mg (this is fairly low compared to other energy drinks, but I don't seem to miss it that much), Guarana Extract 124mg, Caffeine 80mg (guarana/caffeine is a better combination than caffeine/taurine IMHO), Maltodextrin 74mg, Panax Ginseng Extract 17mg, Yerba Mate Extract 8mg (which contains caffeine, but is reported to be gentler on the stomach than other forms of caffeine. To me, the amount here is so negligible, I wouldn't expect it to make a great deal of difference).

Got this from an energy drink review website, so can't verify accuracy (the Amp website wasn't helpful.)

Looks like Niacin could have been the culprit.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Amshel » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:28 am

When I had a energy drink overdose, I got really clammy, hot, dizzy, and shaky. Erratic breathing. My skin might have gone a bit puffy too, but it was so long ago, I can't recall all the details. It was pretty special.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:44 am

Not sure I'd call it an "overdose" as I rarely, if ever, drink more than one energy drink in a day, and it's almost always spread out over at least a 2-3 hour period (most times I can go an 8 hour period on the same one.)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fridmarr » Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:12 am

Skye1013 wrote:Not sure I'd call it an "overdose" as I rarely, if ever, drink more than one energy drink in a day, and it's almost always spread out over at least a 2-3 hour period (most times I can go an 8 hour period on the same one.)

Energy drinks tend to be loaded with B Vitamins, particularly B6. Niacin is a B Vitamin as well. Anyhow they tend to have significantly more than your daily requirement (like thousands of times more) of B Vitamins which increase circulation among other things which helps generate that "energy" feeling. That said, they can certainly cause the sensation you are having. Cut them for awhile and see if you stopping having that feeling.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:13 am

It's not so much a "cut them for awhile" since I just had the one yesterday. And the feeling is sporatic enough (maybe once every few weeks?) that I can't necessarily correlate it to energy drinks (maybe specifically to Amp, since I don't generally have this issue with the Monsters that I drink.) If there are other Niacin heavy food items, then it's possible I just eat them sporatically enough for it to cause this problem. Hopefully I'll remember the next time I drink an Amp and see if that's the possible cause.

For reference, the Monsters I drink:
Absolute Zero (most common)
Low-Carb (second most common)
M-80 (would be most common if I could find it more often)
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Regular

I will occasionally drink other flavors, but those tend to be the ones I have most often (ie. maybe 2-3 a week at my "highest" point.)

P.S. I hope I'm not sounding argumentative or defensive like an alcoholic denying he has a problem. If there are similar Niacin levels in the Monsters that there is in the Amp I drank, then I can't imagine that's the issue, or it would be a more common occurrence.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Hrobertgar » Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:38 am

The Niacin overdose I am familiar with usually took like 200mg - 500mg to initiate and the effect usually started less than 1 hour from the overdose. Also, the body apparently can build up a short term tolerance to Niacin so that it takes more to cause the effect. If these energy drinks only have like 20mg and this has been going on intermittently for a while, then maybe it is something else.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Kelaan » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:44 am

Skye1013 wrote:Only problem I'd have with that is being unable to take it into our vault. It could be completely safe, but we aren't allowed wireless transmitting devices (heck, we can't even have a regular old iPod...)

To be fair, if you're in some kind of secure vault where you do super secret analysis, you're probably not walking all that much, or climbing steps, so you could probably just leave it in a basket outside (assuming they even let you bring it in the building).
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Geaux » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:19 pm

Just started doing some Crossfit exercises recommended to me by my buddy who is a Crossfit instructor. I am normally an old school strength training junkie, doing heavy weight and low reps to build mass and cutting before summer time for beach season. Due to a recent back problem and surgery I have been out of the game for awhile and this Crossfit stuff , in conjunction with a palio diet, has got my best bud shredded in just a few months. Anyways a workout he wanted me to try out was quick, fun, and seems to be challenging for anyone who tries it. All you need for men is 1x45lb plate or 1x25lb plate for women.

The goal is to do as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes, keeping good form on all reps...

1 Round:
1. 10 Overhead weighted lunges (5 on each leg, use the 45lb plate)
2. 8 Pushups (All the way up, All the way down)
3. 6 Burpees

It looks simple but I assure you that you will be ready to vomit when your finished and covered in sweat. try it out and provide some feedback, I had a lot of fun doing it and my thighs were screaming at me from the workout.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:58 pm

Skye1013 wrote:Ok... so this falls more under the "health" category...

Occasionally, I'll get this feeling over most (if not all) of my body that's like little pins or needles pricking me (kind of like an itch, but over nearly my entire body.) It never really lasts more than about 10-15 seconds, but I'm wondering what could be the cause of it. Anyone else ever have similar experiences?


Go to a doctor. Ask them about possible nerve and circulation issues.

Energy drinks aren't going to cause the symptoms at that low a dosage (1/day) - unless you're sensitive to one of the ingredients, and if that were the case, you'd know it already.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fridmarr » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:52 pm

Hrobertgar wrote:The Niacin overdose I am familiar with usually took like 200mg - 500mg to initiate and the effect usually started less than 1 hour from the overdose. Also, the body apparently can build up a short term tolerance to Niacin so that it takes more to cause the effect. If these energy drinks only have like 20mg and this has been going on intermittently for a while, then maybe it is something else.

I'm not sure that nutritional information is reliable. You don't have to list the amount of a vitamin on a label or the amount of an ingredient. Plus even that info is "per serving" without defining what a serving is. I don't know much about AMP, but a quick glance at 5 hour energy's own site FAQ mentions that they admit it contain 8333% of the daily RDA minimum for B12 and 2000% for B6. It also mentions what it calls "Niacin Flush"...

Some people are sensitive to elevated amounts of niacin (Vitamin B3). The flushing is a result of the niacin in 5-hour ENERGY® increasing blood flow near the skin. It generally goes away in a few minutes, and you may not experience a niacin flush again. To help avoid a possible niacin flush take half a bottle or less and save the rest for later. You may want to take Decaf 5-hour ENERGY® which contains zero niacin.

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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Lightbeard » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:11 pm

Question for anyone else that uses some sort of Protein Powder substance.

Does anyone else have a problem with the Powder not fully dissolving when shaken? Just got a new brand I'm trying, it just will not fully dissolve in the milk. (No I do not have a blender yet)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:04 am

If you don't have a blender, you could try using a (small) whisk or a fork. I've never mixed mine without a blender, personally, so I wouldn't know - but it stands to reason that you'd get some clumps that would be hard to break up by shaking.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Lightbeard » Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:33 am

Fivelives wrote:If you don't have a blender, you could try using a (small) whisk or a fork. I've never mixed mine without a blender, personally, so I wouldn't know - but it stands to reason that you'd get some clumps that would be hard to break up by shaking.


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