Why am I getting headaches after exercising?

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Avoiding an after-exercise headache

You have a great work-out, then BOOM! – the dreaded after exercise headache hits. Sometimes it’s right away, sometimes a couple of hours after you’re done exercising.

What’s causing it?

There are a number of things that can cause after an exercise headache. If you already suffer from migraine, chances are that your exercise is triggering the migraine chain-reaction. It may be that the symptoms are a little different than what you’re used to – don’t let that throw you off. Chances are, it’s still migraine.

If that’s the case, you need to deal with the “big picture” – your overall migraine issue. Talk to your doctor about the various preventative medications that may be right for you. This is for you especially if you’re getting migraine symptoms a few times a month.

Your doctor also may be able to suggest a medication that you can take just before you exercise or just after, that will stop the headache before it becomes a major problem. More on that, and other tips, in this article on exercise induced headache.

Other possibilities

There may be other reasons why you’re getting a headache. Most causes are not serious, though some can be. You may simply have an exertional headache, which can happen to anyone. Sometimes spinal problems can cause a headache.

However, if you get a new headache after you exercise, see your doctor. It could be something that needs immediate attention. These might include a brain hemorrhage (when blood vessels in the brain actually break) or other problems with blood vessels themselves.

Article continues with links @ relieve-migraine-headache.com

** As many of you are aware of, I am a chronic migraine sufferer and have been on numerous medications (Imitrex, Zomig etc).  Currently, I’m on Relpax (prescription only & costly) when I first feel a migraine starting, and it’s also been useful during a stubborn. So far I’ve had pretty good luck. 

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