Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Migraines can suck it

So I got a migraine on Monday.

I've only had one before in my whole entire life and I had hoped to never have one again.

I worked out Monday morning for the first time in a few weeks.  My excuse is that I'm having a hard time getting my work/life schedule figured out but really I just like being home by myself for a whole entire day and it's hard to use part of that day off to go to the gym.

During my workout I ran for 20 whole entire minutes, which was actually a pretty big accomplishment as I hadn't ran for quite a while, so I was expecting to run for 10 minutes then pass out.  But no, I did 20 and then passed out.

Okay, fine.  I didn't pass out.  I walked super fast on the treadmill for 25 more minutes at an annoying incline and also my butt is sore now.

I actually was feeling okay afterward.  I'd pushed myself on all the weight stuff after the run/walk so moving was, you know, interesting.  But I still managed to clean the house up some and drive to pick up my husband at work for his lunch break.  And it was on that short, five minute drive that I started to feel pretty bad.  I'd had a dull headache, but that was normal as working out always gives me a dull headache.

On the drive to Chris' work my eyes wouldn't work properly so I had to make him drive once I picked him up.  And then I walked in and dropped all of my stuff and lay on the couch with a pillow over my head because all the pounding going on in my head was directly related to things like light and sound and life.

Chris made me some lunch but I was in too much pain to sit up and eat it so I stayed there with the pillow over my head, cursing the gym and everything it stands for.

It lasted a couple of hours, some of which I slept through, thank god.  But finally the pain went away enough for me to function, at least on a sort-of level, though I was still pretty fuzzy all evening.

Really, though.  I ALWAYS get a headache after working out.  I enjoy the gym. I like how my muscles feel afterward and I like feeling like if need be I could run away from an attacker without hyperventilating to death.

But the headaches, man.  They are enough to make me forego gymtime forever.  Does anyone else have any experience with this?  If you do, do you know what I can do to make them stop?   Working out is supposed to feel good, right?  My husband always feels awesome after a workout but he regularly runs double digit miles so I don't trust his judgement.


  1. dehydration? I have to watch my electrolytes or I get bad headache. I get low in sodium. maybe try a sports drink or one of those electrolyte things?

    1. Hmmm ... That's a good idea. I drink water while I work out, but not sports drinks. Thanks!

  2. Migraines are the worst!

    I recently picked up my workout again and it usually gives me a slight headache as well..but nothing like you describe here. I hope it's all better now.

    1. Mine is normally just a regular, dull headache. This one was horrible, though! But I'm better, thank goodness.

  3. They are called exertion headaches and I believe they fall under the migraine category. I started getting them in college. You should probably go to the doctor to see if anything else is wrong, though. Mine had me do some tests and get an MRI although it all came back ok.

    I find that if I work out to the point where I'm almost at the headache, I can slowly push myself farther each time but it is slow. Mostly I just swim now. I think it's an overheating problem. The best treatment besides sleep and Excedrin is a cool cloth on the forehead and eyes.

    1. I agree - I think it's an exertion thing. It's like there seems to be too much blood rushing to my head that won't go back down. If that makes any sense! Luckily time and sleep made mine go away. It was awful!


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