Headaches/Head pulsing after cardio

  • manpit209

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    Jun 17, 2010 4:49 AM GMT
    This doesn't happen too often but some times I get headaches after I do cardio. It's not a true headache. It's better described as a pulsating sensation in my head. I think it's probably headrush from all the blood circulating after cardio. It's kinda annoying at times. Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks for any feedback!
  • mybud

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    Jun 17, 2010 5:55 AM GMT
    Dude.....check for hydration.....lack of water may be causing this.....remember at least 10- 8oz glasses of water a day.....actually I drink more... but I'm loading creatine.....Good luck....BUD
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    Jun 17, 2010 1:34 PM GMT
    Yes, make sure you are properly hydrated throughout the day (smart water is good, it replaces electrolytes w/o the added salt and sugar of gatorade-like drinks). Also, get your blood pressure checked if you haven't done so.
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    Jun 17, 2010 1:52 PM GMT
    The only times I've ever had this or something similar happen to me is when I just suddenly stopped, from a high intensity cardio to total rest. Are you doing a cool down at the end? That's all I can think of. I've heard of weightlifter's headache, and definitely gotten it, but never from cardio. If it continues for a while and keeps bothering you... talk to your doctor! Can't hurt.
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    Jun 17, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    Sounds like your blood pressure's outta whack. Does it feel like a sinus headache when it happens?
  • calibro

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    Jun 17, 2010 4:33 PM GMT
    hmm... maybe you're an intelligent design giraffe...

  • BronxvilleNY3...

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    Jun 17, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    Go to your doctor. You have to address in detail any new headache specially if you dont have past medical history of headaches. As someone mentioned could be related to your blood pressure or may be even something very important as an aneurism that is flagging you.
    GO TO YOUR DOCTOR.
  • nicelyproport...

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    Jun 17, 2010 4:48 PM GMT
    The only time I get headaches after running -- and I run a LOT -- is when I don't rehydrate sufficiently afterwards. Or worse, when I drink too much caffeine following a run, dehydrating myself further.

    I've taught myself to drink more than I think I need, knowing I'll just pee out whatever doesn't get used.
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    Jun 17, 2010 5:00 PM GMT
    It could be a hydration problem or a temporary spike in your blood pressure or a combo of both. I would talk to your doctor about this. I used to have the same problem and it was a combination of both. The advice given above is always good and that is when something happens to you physically that is not normal you should go see your doctor and if you do not have one, find one.
  • tazzari

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    Jun 17, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
    I can only echo the warning about hydration. It can take up to two days to re-hydrate completely if you de-hydrate too much, so drink regularly and during exercise (our rule on the ski team was drink every 5 km or 20 minutes), as well as before and after. Light, diluted sports drinks can also be good, though I'm happy on water, even on 2+ hr runs.

    Serious de-hydration can lead to some very nasty, even life-threatening results, but it's easy to avoid. Hary Truman said, "Vote early and vote often". The same thing goes for drinking!

    Nat
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    Jun 17, 2010 5:51 PM GMT
    tazzari saidI can only echo the warning about hydration. It can take up to two days to re-hydrate completely if you de-hydrate too much, so drink regularly and during exercise (our rule on the ski team was drink every 5 km or 20 minutes), as well as before and after. Light, diluted sports drinks can also be good, though I'm happy on water, even on 2+ hr runs.

    Serious de-hydration can lead to some very nasty, even life-threatening results, but it's easy to avoid. Hary Truman said, "Vote early and vote often". The same thing goes for drinking!

    Nat


    True that. While visiting San Jose, I once ran for over an hour in the hot sun -- no breeze, no sun, and, of course, no shirt -- and then didn't drink any water for the rest of the afternoon. I got heat exhaustion and couldn't get out of bed for three days.

    Another reason I'm VERY careful to rehydrate.
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    Jun 17, 2010 6:26 PM GMT
    BronxvilleNY38 saidGo to your doctor. You have to address in detail any new headache specially if you dont have past medical history of headaches. As someone mentioned could be related to your blood pressure or may be even something very important as an aneurism that is flagging you.
    GO TO YOUR DOCTOR.
    This is the ONLY advice that I would take.
    There are way too many things that could cause a headache. When you're getting headaches for no apparent reason, it's time to see the doc.