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ELLI20 Posts: 4,467
5/3/14 4:09 P

Can you explain a bit what Intracranial Hypertension is?? I know I can Google it, but sometimes it doesn't explain it as well.

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5/3/14 6:34 A

Deschroma I've had some awful migraines and I know everyone is different, but if I understand you correctly you felt fine until a sudden onset of a sharp pain. I bet its nothing, but I would have that checked out, because the fact that it seemed so sudden concerns me. As you said you overdid it, so thats probably all it is, but I would definitely tell your doctor about it.

Also forgive me for adding a little public service announcement here please,
For anyone (especially women) with chronic headaches/migraines if you are not getting adequate relief with what you are doing please see if you might have intracranial hypertension. I say this because I consider myself fairly well-read and literally had never heard of it, and it took years of doctors sort of shrugging their shoulders to figure out what was causing my migraines. Now that I know I have mostly solved it, but the pain (and frequency) was awful before.

ELLI20 Posts: 4,467
5/3/14 12:26 A

I often get a migraine at night or early in the morning, take Imitrex, then do my workout. Sometimes it takes a while for the migraine to disappear, other times the workout helps.

Edited by: ELLI20 at: 5/3/2014 (00:26)
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5/2/14 11:51 P

I sometimes get headaches after working out, but it is generally when I hadn't drunken or eaten enough.

Make sure that when you workout for several hours a day that you drink several liters of water and eat enough food to fuel your fitness.

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4/30/14 4:59 P

I have gotten migraines from working out in the past and there are a few things I do to prevent them. Usually I get them when I have just a little nagging headache then workout only to have it intensify. Hydration is the best thing you can go. If you only drank about 20 ounces of water and worked out for 1.5 hours, you definitely need more water. Normally during a workout I finish 1 water bottle which is 32 ounces, if I'm going longer, I will refill and drink more. I always a little time here and there to stretch out my neck and back during my workouts. I don't jump up and down as it really upsets my head, so if my workout calls for jump, I do calf raises, and shoot for soft landings.

4/30/14 1:35 A

I can't imagine having chronic daily migraines!!! Oh my gosh, I am so sorry. I hope medication can help (I've read that meds often used as mood stabilizers can also be used to treat migraine headaches)

Thanks for the advice! Keeping a journal log of them is a good idea.

@ Coach Denise
Next time I go the doc I'll bring it up!
I think I kept myself pretty hydrated. Then again, I don't remember a time when I worked out for so long, so perhaps my one water bottle doesn't cut it. Something to think about, thanks!

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4/29/14 9:48 P

You have been given some good advice and I would also recommend checking in with your doctor about this just to be sure there isn't something more going on that needs attention.

Also, how was your fluid intake before, during and after exercise? Is it possible that you became dehydrated or just didn't drink enough for the activity length and level you were doing? Just one thing that comes to mind as a possibility that could have contributed to the migraine.

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4/29/14 9:28 P

I'm sorry - I know just how miserable migraines are. emoticon

I have chronic daily migraines so my experience is a bit different from yours. But yes, I've had an intense workout trigger a migraine. I've also had showering with hot water or blowdrying my hair trigger them.

When I first began working out, I'd get an exercise-induced migraine pretty much every time. I got clearance from my doctor to keep working out and advice on how to handle the migraines. She said that her migraine patients who walk daily do far better than her sedentary patients.

Anyway, I'd say let your doctor know. New types of migraines should be checked out just to be safe. It's also a good idea to write down on a calendar or journal the dates you have migraines and the circumstances surrounding them. That information can help reveal if there is a pattern.

4/29/14 7:26 P

Yesterday I overdid it a bit. I walked/jogged/ran a mile up and down my steep driveway. (walking for most of it, but I do quick jogs or runs a bit sprinkled throughout)
Afterwards, I followed Fitness Blender's 1000 calorie 90 minute workout, which included HIIT, strength training, and abs, plus a cool down. I did NOT do all of it, but I really pushed myself and modified things as I went, as needed. At first I felt ok, but after I took a shower all the sudden, sharp pain sliced through the right side on my skull. The pain only magnified, and it turned into a full-blown migraine, complete with nausea and vomiting. I spent yesterday too sick to eat anything, and today I've been bed-ridden in my dark room.

I do get migraines sometimes, but not so much lately, and they are always tied to hormonal change. I don't think I've ever gotten just a migraine post workout.

Has this happened to anyone else? Is it a serious sign of pushing yourself too hard? Is it just something that happens sometimes? In your (professional, or not professional lol) opinion do you think it's something to be worried about?

Thanks guys!

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