Why Do I Get Headaches While Running?
I started running about 2 weeks ago. I noticed that I get really bad headaches after I run. What could be causing that? I can only run for about 5 min, then walk fast, then run again for about 4 min, hen rest again by walking. I can do that for 25 to 45 min. I notice everytime i can run for a longer period of time, but I still get headaches, that's when i have to stop running
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I also had the same problem, but only with one of my new jogging shoes. This was designed in a way that while running it also give pressure / support to the middle lower part of your feet(at the curve of the feet) while the other shoes dont have this functions. so when ever I run wearing this new shoe , it gives a pressure on each step at my head and it was like killing after 4-5 min running. I changes the shoe and now I am normal.
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I have had the same problem ever since I can remember and still have them to this day. I've been to neuro docs(told me not to run-EVER) had stress tests done(told me I was normal) tried adjustments from numerous chiropractors(helped a little) and even tried acupuncture. Nothing seemed to get rid of them. I learned to just grin and bear it and pray that I don't tip over and die or something. I hope you have better luck than me with this problem and share so I can finally run pain-free.
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I had a similar problem. Whenever I would do an intense workout, especially a long or fast run I would get terrible headaches that would last the rest of the day. I talked to my doctor and she told me that there are three common causes for this kind of headache. Drinking caffeine at any point in the day before a workout, not getting enough water during the day or during a workout, and not having eaten recently enough. Cut out the caffeine, drink a lot, and eat a snack 30 mins before workout.
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I have sinus problems, which affects my breathing. I had no idea what was causing my headaches and dizzyness until I spoke to my doctor. If you are resting, you're slowing your breathing, and getting deeper more oxygenated breathes. Once I took something to reduce the swelling in my sinuses, I could breathe better, and had fewer issues. Not sure if it relates to you, but it helped me.
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perhaps you should try lower impact exercises to condition your body for running. and you should be hydrated and fueled before exercising.
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Track how much water your drinking you should drink at least 8 big glasses a day and even more when exercising in heat. You could be dehydrated.
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There is a conditional known as "exertional headache." It is linked to heavy exercise. They are usually benign and are linked to a possibly having inherited a susceptibility for migraines. However, the medical community does recommend checking with your physician to rule out any other possible causes.
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