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Experience of headaches brought on by exercise.....

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sweetheart Tue 12-Nov-13 14:22:31

Yesterday I had a session with a PT where I had to drag a very very heavy weight around a room. Immediately after doing it I developed a pounding headache which soon developed into a full blown migraine. this has never happened to me before - has anyone else had it? I was quite scared yesterday because my head felt like it could have literally fallen off!

I've managed a short workout today but it has given me a headache again - nothing like yesterday but something's definitely not right. Any thoughts / advice / experience?

gindrinker Tue 12-Nov-13 21:31:11

Was it dehydration?
If I work out in the morning, then dont eat or drink enough throughout the day I feel dreadful by evening.

SparklyFucker Wed 13-Nov-13 11:38:39

I'd say either dehydration or plummeting blood sugars. I find that I need both a high protein and high carbohydrate breakfast before a work out, as just high protein doesn't give me enough quick energy and makes the workout tougher, and just high carb means I get the shakes afterwards and tend to overeat to compensate. I also feel rotten if I don't drink enough during body weight/resistance or aerobic training, or if I don't drink immediately after an outdoor running session.

There's also the possibility with 'dragging' the weight that if your form was off you may have trapped/twinged/compressed a nerve, leading to the painful headaches, too.

sweetheart Wed 13-Nov-13 11:48:38

Hey, thanks for the thoughts - it wasn't dehydration of anything to do with food. I've worked out on a lot less before and never had a problem. I think it was probably a trapped nerve or something - still got a bit of a lingering headache as a result.

Littlepumpkinpie Fri 15-Nov-13 00:18:40

Its to do with your head position and breathing stand tall shoulders back stick your chest out. I had the same thing happen to me while pushing a prowler and sled pulling. I felt awful for days and found it very hard to shift the headache.

Lazysuzanne Sun 17-Nov-13 11:09:19

Might be to do with spikes in blood pressure during peak exertion, or just general overloading of the nervous system.

shanghaismog Sun 17-Nov-13 15:46:37

It's an exertion headache, google it. Not much fun and you should take it easy until it goes completely.

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