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Extreme Headaches During Training


#1

I have been training for a few years now off and on, and been going at it pretty hard lately. About a week ago I started to get extremely bad headaches when lifting. It usually happens right in the middle of a set of real hard work. I've been breathing good and the headache seems to build throughout the set. I have never had a history of migraines or headaches of any kind and they only show up during this time. I know I should be going to a doctor, I was just wondering if anyone here had any suggestions as to what it could be.


#2

That used to happen to me, especially during leg training. My guess is that it's caused by elevated blood pressure during heavy lifting, but don't quote me.
I hear it's a pretty common phenomenon among weight trainers and bodybuilders. But definitely check with your doctor to be sure that's all it is.


#3

Hard to comment without more info, but blood pressure is definetly a concern. In
a worst case scenerio, this could lead to stroke or cerebral hemmorage. Do yourself a favor and get it checked out ASAP. Also, let your doc know what meds and supplements you take.


#4

Run a search here at T-Nation for "exertional headaches." I've actually dealt with these in the past myself, and we had a pretty good discussion on them a while back.