Exertion Headaches

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23/05/2010 at 20:13

After running a 10k race today I think I need to do something about this. I suffer from bad exertion headaches after all my races. I had a killer after my last HM, and I've still got my headache from today's race despite having ran 10 hours ago.

I drink plenty after racing, I've taken paracetamol (no aspirin around, unfortunately) and it's almost bordering on a migrane sometimes I'm sure I'm not the only person who suffers from these, what can I do to stop them from happening/reduce their intensity?

24/05/2010 at 08:55
I get them a lot too, especially in the heat. Not sure I really know what causes them but for me it seems to help if I drink quite a lot after running, particularly a rehydration solution. I make my own from the WHO recipe - 1 litre water, 8 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt. I tend to drink a couple of glasses of this as soon as I get back in. I think it helps.

Also found that ibuprofen works much, much better than any other painkiller for these headaches, although I try to avoid it unless it's really bad.

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