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Headaches. - January 30th 2009, 05:30 PM

I've been getting really bad headaches lately, usually after I exercise. There are times I'll start to black out as well, and my vision becomes kind of distorted afterwards.

It started about a month ago, I start to feel dizzy after only a bit of exercise. If I jog a mile and don't push myself, I'll feel lightheaded about halfway through. I felt like I was going to fall over last time I shoveled the driveway.

What's bothering me right now, is I'm in gym class again this semester and my head will start to hurt after warm-ups. I'm eating 2-3 meals a day and I'm getting about 7 hours of sleep a night on average, so I'm really not sure what could be causing this? Anyone have any ideas? I don't have healthcare so seeing a doctor would have to be a last-resort sort of thing, I really can't afford it at the moment.

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Re: Headaches. - January 30th 2009, 05:35 PM

I've learnt you really can't take chances with your head.

Are your meals balanced, it could be a lack of iron in your diet.
   
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Re: Headaches. - January 30th 2009, 06:00 PM

I know you say you can't afford a doctor right now, but when it comes to your head you shouldn't take chances, like Lee said. Headaches can be indicative of a whole slew of things.


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Re: Headaches. - January 30th 2009, 06:02 PM

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I've been getting really bad headaches lately, usually after I exercise. There are times I'll start to black out as well, and my vision becomes kind of distorted afterwards.

It started about a month ago, I start to feel dizzy after only a bit of exercise. If I jog a mile and don't push myself, I'll feel lightheaded about halfway through. I felt like I was going to fall over last time I shoveled the driveway.

What's bothering me right now, is I'm in gym class again this semester and my head will start to hurt after warm-ups. I'm eating 2-3 meals a day and I'm getting about 7 hours of sleep a night on average, so I'm really not sure what could be causing this? Anyone have any ideas? I don't have healthcare so seeing a doctor would have to be a last-resort sort of thing, I really can't afford it at the moment.

Thanks.
Wow. I've been dealing with the exact same thing since last summer. I hate not being able to exercise. I used to run track and I miss it, I can't even run 1/4 mile without getting dizzy and having my vision start to black out, and after any exercise at all I get a headache. I'm trying to get a career in law enforcement and I know I'll have to pass fitness tests, and this is going to ruin my chances.

My doctor told me I was just overheated from running in the summer after going a while without exercise. It's winter now and it's still happening though, so I know that's wrong. She also suggested exercise-induced asthma, but I haven't been tested yet so I don't know if that could be the problem.

I'd definitely say let your doctor know about it. I don't know if it's anything to worry about or not...my doctor doesn't seem too worried. But it sucks, and especially if you have gym class, you don't want to end up passing out...not to mention having your grade suffer if you can't participate.


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Re: Headaches. - January 30th 2009, 08:02 PM

Maybe you're not getting enough oxygen (or blood? but either way, oxygen is a factor) to your head? Whether it's blood pressure or that you're not absorbing enough oxygen, or whatever is the cause, I'd check with a doctor, as everyone else said. It's something you're gonna need professional help with to fix, most likely. Check for free clinics near your area, possibly? I know the health care problem, though, believe me x.x

When you get the headaches, try and lie down, maybe. Take deep breaths, make sure the blood gets to your head, relax, so you won't black out. Maybe eat something sugary? (not saying ruin your diet, i just mean, up your blood sugar) Just a few ideas.

Those symptoms could be a lot of things, so if you can find a free clinic near you, I'd go. Make sure nothing more serious is affecting you.


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Re: Headaches. - January 31st 2009, 01:46 PM

My meals are fairly balanced, yes. And Lyndsay, yeah, I do have minor asthma but I don't think that's the problem.

I really don't want to have to see my doctor about this but I'll speak to my parents about getting an appointment. Thanks for the replies, everyone.



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Re: Headaches. - January 31st 2009, 02:00 PM

Does it happen to you if you exercise at night? It may well be light sensitivity
   
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Re: Headaches. - January 31st 2009, 04:05 PM

Hey there,
Could be a wild shot but.
It may be diabete's?
I use to have the same symptom's, And usually when i got of the toliet i fainted alot of the time

A lack of suger and balance in my body he said.

maybe checking with your doctor would be advisable?
   
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Re: Headaches. - January 31st 2009, 04:39 PM

Lee - I exercise all times of the day, gym class is usually in the morning and I run later at night. It'll be a bit worse at night because I'm pushing myself more, I think, but otherwise it's about the same at night as during the day.

Paddy - Diabetes does run in my dad's side of the family. However, I was tested last summer [more of a precaution thing] and the test came back negative, so I don't think that's the case.



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Re: Headaches. - January 31st 2009, 04:50 PM

Are you getting enough water? When you are working out you could be dehydrating yourself. It is recommend to drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water everyday. Are you drinking anywhere around this much water? If not, that may be your problem, you may need to hydrate yourself.




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Re: Headaches. - January 31st 2009, 05:33 PM

Take some painkillers.

Surprized no one has thought of that yet.
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Re: Headaches. - January 31st 2009, 05:39 PM

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Take some painkillers.

Surprized no one has thought of that yet.
Yes, that helps the pain. But it does nothing for the root of the problem. Plus, taking painkillers that often can cause liver damage.

I get headaches from exercise, too. Like it's been said before, a lack of iron can cause dizziness and headaches. Low blood sugar can be a problem, too. Have you tried eating a granola bar or something before you go jogging? Dehydration is also an issue. Make sure you're drinking enough water. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

Obviously, none of us are doctors and no one can diagnose over the internet anyway! If it persists or gets worse, get to a doctor. Don't take chances with your head.


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Re: Headaches. - January 31st 2009, 05:43 PM

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Yes, that helps the pain. But it does nothing for the root of the problem. Plus, taking painkillers that often can cause liver damage.

I get headaches from exercise, too. Like it's been said before, a lack of iron can cause dizziness and headaches. Low blood sugar can be a problem, too. Have you tried eating a granola bar or something before you go jogging? Dehydration is also an issue. Make sure you're drinking enough water. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

Obviously, none of us are doctors and no one can diagnose over the internet anyway! If it persists or gets worse, get to a doctor. Don't take chances with your head.
It cannot cause you liver damage unless you are taking some sort of blood thinning medication, or you overdose. One or two Tylenol does not hurt, even taking one baby asprin a day helps against heart attacks.

The low blood sugar and iron is correct. I'm diagnosed Anemic and a few close family member has diabetes.

My call?

-Eat balanced meals, in the morning drink water, tea, or some form of juice. A kickstart.
-Before working out, take on low dose pill.
-Drink lots and lots of water.
-Iron pills and multi-vitamins.
-At least 8 hours of sleep.
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Re: Headaches. - January 31st 2009, 06:53 PM

Dehydration may be part of it, I hadn't thought of that. I do drink quite a bit during the day but not right before exercising.

As Laura said, pills won't solve whatever the problem is, and I'm hesitant to take them as I've little self-control and would probably end up overdosing. Don't want to think about the state of my liver at the moment I'd rather try to eliminate the problem all together - permanent solution instead of a temporary one, you know?

Seeing a doctor won't be possible, I'll try the multi-vitamins in the meantime and hope it helps.



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Re: Headaches. - January 31st 2009, 06:54 PM

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Dehydration may be part of it, I hadn't thought of that. I do drink quite a bit during the day but not right before exercising.

As Laura said, pills won't solve whatever the problem is, and I'm hesitant to take them as I've little self-control and would probably end up overdosing. Don't want to think about the state of my liver at the moment I'd rather try to eliminate the problem all together - permanent solution instead of a temporary one, you know?

Seeing a doctor won't be possible, I'll try the multi-vitamins in the meantime and hope it helps.
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Re: Headaches. - February 2nd 2009, 11:05 AM

Many doctors tell that just overheated from running in the summer after going a while without exercise. And it's not an abnormality. You just take care of your self and keep your self away from any sudden change in temprature.
   
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