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Headache Problem..(7 posts)

Headache Problem..JerBear
May 17, 2003 10:26 PM
After I've ridden either my road bike or my mountain bike for a couple hours I get a nasty headache (my wife thinks it's a migrain). The funny part is that the headache doesn't come until a few hours later. I almost always eat something within 15 min of getting off my bike and try (but don't always remember) to drink a lot of water. Today I rode about 2 hours on my mountain bike and drank about 40-50 oz of water during the ride. I got done with my ride about 12:30 and about 5, the headache came. Washed some Excedrin down with some soda, took an hour nap and felt like a million bucks when I woke up. During the time between the ride ending and the headache starting, I drank a grip of water and ate a lot (as I often do after a ride). What gives? Is it dehydration or low blood sugar (I don't get the shakes)or what?
re: Headache Problem..JerBear
May 17, 2003 10:48 PM
oh...I'm 28 and 220 lbs..
re: Headache Problem..mja
May 18, 2003 6:56 AM
Your wife is correct, I believe. Exercise is a trigger for migraines, for some people. In fact, on tv -- PBS or Discovery -- a study of migraines was done on a subject who could trigger a migraine at will simply by running up and down a basketball court for a 1/2 hour. This made it easier for the researchers to schedule tests such as MRIs and the like. Consider yourself lucky that you recover so quickly from the headaches; not everyone does. Mention this to your doctor next time your in his office. He might have some ideas, or a referral. (Yes, I know: He might even be a she!)
Similar problemNessism
May 18, 2003 7:05 AM
I have a similar problem, headaches after riding. Have never been able to really figure out why but think it relates to diet. If I pig out after the ride, or keep my blood sugar high during the ride, the problem seems to be somewhat better.

You might want to experiment by drinking some energy drink during the ride and having a big meal afterward to see if it helps.

Allergies or exercise induced asthma?DINOSAUR
May 18, 2003 9:28 AM
Does this happen all-year-round? I seldom have headaches (since I retired) but in the spring when everything is in bloom it pays havoc on my nasal passages (drip).

My teenage daughter was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma and was prescribed an over-the-counter inhailer to use prior to exercise and it works (most of the time). Prior to that she had headaches similair to migraines.

It could be almost anything, including a food allergy. Could also be dehydration..
Allergies or exercise induced asthma?BaadDawg
May 18, 2003 1:18 PM
I get exercise induced headaches (probably migraines) as well as alcohol induced headaches (1 beer or glass of wine, but not every time I drink).

I also get mine in the early evening and they get worse into the night, many times waking me up.

Headaches suck.

I pretty much stopped all headache and migraine medications and after a few weeks most of my headaches went away, although I still get them especially when I work out hard (like today).

If you are getting headaches frequently (like every day or every other day) be very careful what you take. Even the mildest analgesic if taken for headache can cause rebound headaches. They say if you are taking more than 3 doses of any kind of med for headaches in a week you are at risk for rebound. Its very hard NOT to take something because usually if you wait too long before taking something the headache gets really bad, whereas taking something early on can stop the headache cold.

In my case hydration does not seem to be a factor in my headaches.

Also I have had existing headaches go away while exercising and by now I do not alter my workout routines around headaches. If they cause em I suffer. I still feel better working out regularly regardless of headache.

Too bad there is no endorphin pill to give you the workout high. That would be very cool.
Headaches-low Sodium???bmb
May 20, 2003 9:46 AM
You may have hyponatremia (low blood sodium) after a long ride when you lose lots of salt in your sweat, drink mostly water, then tank up afterwards with plain water. Try a "sports" drink with sodium/potassium etc for replacing your fluid losses. I doubt that the carbo/protein part of the drink will matter. Just my two cents. Plus see your doctor if the headaches keep coming.