Why am I getting headaches when weight lifting?
November 1, 2010 9:56 AM Subscribe
Why do I sometimes get massive headaches when weight lifting?
posted by Thrillhouse to health & fitness (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'll start by saying I HAVE seen my Dr about this.
This started happening in May. I'm in very good shape but haven't exercised with any regularity in several years. I'm just naturally in good shape.
In May I started working with a trainer. Within a week or so, I started getting worsening headaches when I lift. It got to the point that as soon as I started on my first set of my first exercise it would kick in and I had to stop. If I pushed it it would get so bad that I would be nauseous and it would last the rest of the day. I took about a month off to get an MRI which cleared me of any possibility of an aneurism. After the month, I went back to try again and I was totally fine.
Until now. It started happening 2 weeks ago again. I took the last week off completely and went back today and right out of the gate on my first set (weighted leg lifts- not even very heavy) it hit again so I gave up weights and jumped on an exercise bike for 30 minutes at a pretty moderate hill level. Got my heart rate in the 140-155 range for most of the ride. Nothing happened. No headache.
My breathing is fine. My diet is apparently fine. I've read about exertion headaches and they say to take a couple weeks off and it usually goes away. I don't know if this is what I'm dealing with. I haven't found anything that has even explained WHAT an exertion headache is or what causes it.
If anybody has any idea what I'm dealing with, I'd like to know. I may go back to my Dr and address it again but with a clear MRI, what else could it be?