Splitting Cardio Headaches

  • nhnelson

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    Mar 19, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
    Every time I try to go running or do anything that gets my heart rate up, like sex or masturbation, I get crippling headaches, so painful that I usually have to stop the activity. While this is pesky with sex, I can usually tolerate it, but I'm most concerned about running, because that's when it's excruciating. Anyone else ever have a similar problem?
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    Mar 19, 2009 9:38 PM GMT
    nhnelson saidEvery time I try to go running or do anything that gets my heart rate up, like sex or masturbation, I get crippling headaches, so painful that I usually have to stop the activity. While this is pesky with sex, I can usually tolerate it, but I'm most concerned about running, because that's when it's excruciating. Anyone else ever have a similar problem?


    as a headache sufferer myself- this is unusal. you should go to the doctor

    some exercises actually stop my headaches
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    Mar 19, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    It sounds like you maybe suffering from exercise headaches. The activities most commonly associated with these types of headaches are running, rowing, tennis, swimming and weightlifting.
    The headaches can be of two types.

    Primary Headaches: are benign

    Secondary Headaches: are caused by very serious underlying problems such as bleeding ,tumors aneurysms

    1 out of 100 people will have an exercise headache during their lifetime
    More than half of the headaches are benign in origin
    Primary headaches can be treated with medication
    Secondary exercise headaches can be quite serious and may require emergency medical attention

    YOU MUST BE CHECKED BY A PHYSICIAN SOON. A CORRECT DIAGNOSIS IS NECESSARY

    post coital headaches (sex headaches) are similar to exercise headaches

    The Mayo Clinic has an article about exercise headaches. I used information from their web page.
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise-headaches/DS00641
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    Mar 20, 2009 1:00 AM GMT
    Check your blood sugar.

    Hypoglycemia from activity is very common and can cause a SCREAMING headache. It's often mistaken for other issues. This is particularly bad in folks who bounce their blood sugar around with sweets, and who don't eat breakfast, nor lunch. I've seen it many times. Caffeine will accelerate a plunge into hypoglycemia.

    EAT, and if it fixes it, you've found the problem.

    You can buy a glucose tester about anywhere.

    If you don't have problem with blood sugar, you might have hypertension, and your blood pressure could be getting elevated and you could have some life-threatening (stroke) conditions going on. Check your blood pressure about anywhere. If it's to high, you need to immediately avoid food items high in sodium and see a doctor. It could save your life.

    If eating normally doesn't abate the problem, it's imperative you seek the counsel of a health care professional.

    If your head feels like it's coming off, take about 1/4 to 1 aspirin, and head to an emergency room! The aspirin will help you if you're on the verge of a stroke.
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    Mar 20, 2009 1:57 AM GMT
    I agree with chuckystud. I'm diabetic so I know straight up how excruiating headaches can be when my blood sugar is low before a workout.

    Resolution?- Bring gatorade or a granola bar. I personally reccomend eating protein bars before because the protein and or fat from it will help keep your glucose levels up longer than straight sugar from a gatorade.
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    Mar 20, 2009 7:51 AM GMT
    Sounds like blood sugar or dehydration
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    Mar 20, 2009 8:27 AM GMT
    Someone already said it.. coitial headaches. I used to get them myself, they aren't fun.
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    Mar 20, 2009 10:43 AM GMT
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    Hi - its really important to get checked out by your doctor
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    Mar 20, 2009 1:10 PM GMT
    Go to the doctor.
  • txtri02

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    Jul 14, 2009 2:29 AM GMT
    I get them as well. Usually when running, inside or outside. They are so bad, it hurts to keep my eyes open.

    Told my doctor about it, he really didn't have an answer.