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Old 06-08-2008, 06:38 AM   #11
Susie Rosenberg
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Re: Tabata Headache

Some potential remedies:

1. Take 400 mg. of ibuprofen one hour before working out.
2. Try two squirts of Afrin nasal spray each nostril just before working out. (Not if you have high blood pressure, and check for interactions with any meds you may be taking.)
3. Try not to worry too much, these headaches often go away as mysteriously as they come.
4. Of course, thoroughly warm up before intense exercise.

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Old 05-08-2009, 02:12 PM   #12
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Re: Tabata Headache

Resurecting this one as that I am having a similar issue:

I am back on the Zone (1/2 carb, paleo + dairy and legumes) after a month off, as of Monday (5/4/09).

CrossFitting for just under 2 years, no problem like this before.

During Nancy, I did the first run with no problem, started the OH squats, and my head started really pounding. I made it through the first 7 or 8 squats, stopped to rest, and my headache reduced by about 75%, so I attempted to keep going, but it came back.

Since then, I have done two workouts, and the headache keeps coming back. If i back off for a few breaths, the pain seems to subside, and I can press on, but not comfortably.

The headaches are throbbing, and in the right hand side of my head, and in the middle (front to back).

My first thought is that this is low-sugar induced. But, after the first headache (at 6am), I went home for breakfast, which included an orange, and attempted the workout again after teaching a class, with the same results.

I am having a cheat this afternoon, to get my blood sugar up. We'll see what happens.

Do these things sound like they may be low-carb induced?

My Hydration is good. I have had some recent tightness in my left trap that runs down my scapula, not sure if that may be it too, but that has been around for about 6 months with no headache problems.

The other workouts I have done this week are:

Wednesday: Helen

Thursday: 5 x 3 back squat, followed by 50-40-30-20-10 double unders and abmat situps.

I am happy to post a food log if that is helpful.

Thanks in advance for the help!


P.S. I typically don't get headaches, I can't remember the last time I had one that wasn't self-induced actually.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:32 AM   #13
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Lightbulb Re: Tabata Headache

I also had a headache problem which happened to me twice over a 6 month period. Each time the headaches were sharp pains in the front of my head which were caused by the combination of (1) overhead weights (thrusters/jerks/pp/OH squats) and (2) high heart rates.

Each time the headache lasted about 10 days and totally incapacitated me for the remainder of that day. I asked a bunch of CrossFitters about it and not many people had similar experiences. I went to a neurologist who told me to take it easy. I went to a very knowledgeable massage therapist who does a lot of athletic rehab stuff and he really worked on my upper back, shoulders and neck. This helped to a large degree.

Through my own sleuthing, I realized that the headaches were brought on by less-than-perfect form combined with 1 and 2. I realized that my neck was strained, possibly angled too far up and too tight during the lift. This was probably exacerbated by not having enough flexibility.

While everyone should see a doctor, here is the solution I found if you start getting overhead lifting headaches:

- Take it easy. You need to take time off to rest. This means no super high intense stuff and DEFINITELY no overhead stuff for at least a week.
- Massage/MFR with a specialist
- Shoulder pass-throughs.. ALL THE TIME. Do other exercises (yoga) to develop shoulder flexibility.
- Focus on your form, make sure you are not straining your neck and that everything is properly aligned.
- Hydrate more than before.
- Focus on proper breathing technique as this will help your form.

This helped me and I've had no more headaches for at least 9 months. YMMV
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