|Gym regime and headaches
Nov 17, 2004
I have been lifting weights, doing cardio, yoga, and meditation for about eight weeks now. I recently hired a personal trainer with whom I meet with three times per week. This is only my second week at these no-more-than-usual grueling weight training sessions and I have developed an almost constant headache that OTC pain relievers fail to correct. Is this a telltale sign of something worse in the mail? Is this muscle tension/fatigue? Or is this simply hypochondria? I have made an appointment to discuss this with my doctor, however, as quality, attentive, healthcare in this country remains mainly for those unafflicted, I must rely on public facilities and could not be seen until December (six weeks away). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Horwath
Recurrent headaches may have a variety of causes. In some persons, certain foods or exercise induces migraine headaches. Exercise-induced dehydration may cause headaches. You may have strained or injured some muscles in your neck, which can caused "referred pain," such as a headache. Headaches have a variety of other causes, too.
Your best bet is to consult a doctor, preferably one with some expertise in headaches (such as a neurologist or headache specialist).
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