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Jun. 9th, 2002 | 11:55 pm
mood: pain

I went hiking with a couple of friends, and although it was only a little over an hour, I ended up with a splitting headache. I took water along, tried to drink frequently, but it didn't help

I probably over-extended myself, as we were walking back up a steep hill, my hart rate was close to maximum for several minutes, my head started to throb, and it was hard to get enough oxygen.

I've noticed that when that happens it takes a long time for me to recover.

Does anyone know why?

I'm currently wondering if the headache came from lack of salt, since some fraction was lost to sweat.

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Stephanie Wukovitz

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from: sebab
date: Jun. 10th, 2002 01:35 am (UTC)
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sinceI got a blood pressure cuff of my own, I've noticed that the "head throbbing" phenomenon signals a rise in blood pressure for me.

probably not the same for you, but it's a data point.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 10th, 2002 09:29 am (UTC)
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Rising blood pressure makes sense for developing a throbbing headache.

I remember hearing a claim that the reason caffeen can help with headaches is that it dialates the capilaries around ones brain. (Correspondingly once one's body has become addicted to caffeen, not drinking it causes the capilaries to contract, creating a headache.)

Though any reason why even after laying down for a few hours with an ice pack, I'd still have the headache? I'd assume that if it was just high blood pressure caused by exercise it should reset relatively quickly.

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Stephanie Wukovitz

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from: sebab
date: Jun. 10th, 2002 03:42 pm (UTC)
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come to think of it, periods of high blood pressure also seem to be associated with migraines for me (getting on HBP meds reduced my migraine frequency drastically).

and hmm, an ice pack doesn't tend to do much for migraines.

so in my case, with the symptoms you report, I'd go see a doc and try to track down the problem, maybe starting with migraine meds if he/she thinks those are warranted.

and hmm, the migraine medicine that's worked best for me is a combo of caffeine and ergotamine... for the very reason you mention, in fact :)

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Nafees

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from: nogbogfrog
date: Jun. 10th, 2002 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Medical science has no idea why caffeine helps relieve headaches. They administer caffeine drips to people after a spinal tap as well.

-n

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 11th, 2002 01:20 am (UTC)
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Hmm... I did some searches and it came up pretty inconclusive... Though I did find an article claiming that people can meet the "DSM IV diagnostic criteria for a substance dependence syndrome on caffeine". And there was an article claiming that caffeine wasn't useful in treating a post-lumbar pressure headache--whatever that might be.

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Jun. 10th, 2002 07:10 am (UTC)
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next time try taking along cucumbers and salt them

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 10th, 2002 09:37 am (UTC)
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Out of curiosity why cucumber?

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Jun. 10th, 2002 10:07 am (UTC)
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they have an extremely high water content, and together with salt greatly help stave off dehydration.

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