When you feel totally uncomfortable because of a massive headache, it is basically impossible for you to accomplish almost everything that you’re supposed to get done. Then when that happens, you will get so frustrated and would feel worse about wasting your time not being able to do it.
Some people tend to think as to what exactly did they do to get a migraine. Some would think that it is something that they have eaten earlier during the day or they slept on the wrong side of the bed. They could literally think of every single thing, except for one: working out. Who would’ve thought that working out could actually trigger you migraine, like is that even possible?
Migraines can last for hours or days
When people work out, they tend to feel tired but good because of the energy boost and basically just the feeling of getting through it makes people feel better. The last thing they would expect to feel is an excruciating migraine. No one would want a migraine after trying to be healthy and fit, it would just make people not want to workout. Unfortunately, a lot of people feel this way but they don’t actually realize that it is working out that is triggering their migraines.
According to Professor Nauman Tariq, from the John Hopkins Medical Center, some people think or experience migraines with just severe painful bolts from certain parts of their heads that leads to throbbing sensations. However, some people actually get more symptoms aside from that such as nausea and vomiting, there are even some who are even getting sensitive with light and sound.
According to Mayo Clinic, what most people don’t realize is that the symptoms of a migraine are just the beginning, it is basically just giving a warning to the body that something is going to happen. Some people get constipated, get stiff necks, mood swings and more. A lot of people tend to sleep when they get migraines since they feel better afterward, but there are some who simply feel like they just want to die.
It could last for an hour or for a couple of days, which is definitely something that people don’t want. So imagine if you get migraines every single time you workout, wouldn’t you want to just stop working out instead of experiencing the pain?
Pressure on the body could lead to a migraine, expert says
Unfortunately, despite the modern technology that we have today, experts still can’t find the real reason why we get migraines. The medical world is still trying to figure out the answer to the biggest question by doing further research about it.
However, there are some theories that they are looking into such as having genetic and environmental factors, wherein the trigemimal nerve in the brain connects with the brainstem, and this is what sends the signals into the body about the pain on the head and face.
Based on a study in 2013, there is 38 percent of people who experience a migraine just a couple of minutes after working outside. Most people think that their migraines are from lack of sleep and stress, but exercise turned out to be one of the triggering factors as well. This is despite the fact that it was proven that working out can reduce a migraine. It can be a little confusing right?
So let’s break it down, there is no known proof that working out can trigger a migraine, however, because more and more people are actually proving this to be true, experts are now considering it. One of their theories is that whenever people workout, the pressure from the chest actually goes into the vein system of the brain which is as the internal jugular vein valve incompetence.
This happens sometimes when people tend to hold their breath when they are working out, some people don’t exactly do this on purpose but it just happens sometimes since they push their bodies. Just like how your facial expression changes when you are doing a current exercise or lift something, and you would then exhale even if you don’t remember holding your breath.
This is one of the said factors that may be triggering the migraine, although the human body can’t really help but do it sometimes. Another thing is when people don’t do warm-ups, and the body gets surprised by doing something extreme. If ever you are experiencing something like this after your workout, it is best to get yourself checked and tell your doctor how fast your migraine comes after your workout as well every other detail that could help you get better.