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Headaches after Exercising? Tips to avoid

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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 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 a 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 a 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.

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** I am a chronic migraine sufferer and currently on Relpax (prescription only) when I first feel a migraine starting. So far I’ve had pretty good luck.  Also, I tried aquatics, and yoga on a trial basis at a local gym, unfortunately, endured a headache afterward which turned into a horrible migraine. So much for getting in shape!  Walking is the only way for me.


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10 thoughts on “Headaches after Exercising? Tips to avoid

  1. The only thing I can manage is the exercise bike, moderately, for 10 minutes at a time. I park it in front of the tv and do it throughout the day. It doesn’t feel like much because I can’t allow myself to get to the point where I start to “feel” it but it’s better than nothing I suppose.


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