July 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm #8462
Hi all, I had a horrible headache today and I’m wondering what you guys do when you get one? This may seem like a dumb question but my go to used to be to drink lots of water because i must be dehydrated. I’m not sure if this was the case. I got it after a long walk in the Santa Monica mountains. I’m still in the early phases of raising my temperature so I’m really monitoring my fluid intake so I just took tiny sips and went on with my day. The headache just got worse and worse and all I wanted to do was drink a lot of water. After having some pizza and ice cream and a few sips of root beer for dinner I’m finally feeling better. Maybe I just needed to rest? Who knows. I’ve just felt so tired and like crap for the last few days and I used to never feel like this.July 12, 2013 at 11:39 am #8546Matt StoneKeymaster
Salty, calorie-dense food usually works the best. Most headaches are from swelling in the brain from an excess of water, which causes intracranial pressure. In my experience, headaches are most frequently triggered by doing something out of the ordinary, which makes it hard for the body and the cells to maintain their normal environment. Exercise, elevation change, naps, sudden change in diet, dehydration and overhydration, stress – these are the most common triggers.
If you hiked in the mountains every day this wouldn’t happen. You’ve just been resting up for a while. Jumping right into a big hike was probably just more than you could handle at the moment.
Remember when you are resting and refeeding your body is in rest mode. It often fights exertion.July 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm #8625
Thanks, Matt! I think it was the hike in the mountains. I have been resting for almost 3 months and I think a 1.5 hour hike was a little shocking for my body. I feel much better today and have been out walking a lot with daughter’s field trip but I think it might have been the elevation yesterday.
For the future, I’m planning on being back east at the beach in a few weeks and am wondering if I should drink more fluid if I’m hot? As I’m newish to limiting my fluid intake should I combine it with a salty snack? Thanks!July 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm #8629Matt StoneKeymaster
I don’t think you are in such a fragile state that you have to worry about it too much. If you are hot and thirsty, it’s fine to drink. Just make sure you aren’t doing it to the point of having episodes of frequent urination or clear urine and you’ll be fine I’m sure.July 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm #8636
Thanks!July 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm #8668MilaMonsterParticipant
Yup, Matt’s spot on. Salt! and less fluid. My mom always told me it was dehydration, it would get worse, I’d barf, and feel way better.July 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm #8682I_Am_BethParticipant
I get migraines about once a month now (I think they’re related to pms, I also get tightness in the chest, body soreness, and get pressure/pain around my ears…sometimes with some fluids). When I get my migraines, I usually get nauseated and feel a lot better after I puke. Sometimes it takes a few rounds of puking to feel better.
On Day 2 of my migraine, I took some Children’s Tylenol and it helped immensely.
If I need to get over a barfy migraine, drinking Ginger tea or eating something helps me to throw up.
Why do some people have nausea along with their headaches/migraines? And why does throwing up make us feel better?
Physical stress, like working in the yard on a hot day will give me a different kind of headache that’s relieved by laying down, drinking gatorade instead of water and eating pretzels. These can sometimes turn into a migraine for me the next day.July 13, 2013 at 6:25 am #8694DutchieParticipant
I rarely,luckily,get headaches but when i do its almost always by dehydration of eating too much salt and not having drunk enough..(i still seem to need to drink lots to keep digestion going/bowel forming,detoxing liver otherwise my energy starts to go down easily. Since eating 4heat i have seen some good improvements but also battling with stuff i neve4 seem to have had before.)July 13, 2013 at 7:16 am #8696positivelyParticipant
I got also headache after walking in the Mountains a few days ago, but I think that was very warm. Headache soon disappeared after resting.
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