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Old 09-09-08, 11:06 AM   #1
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Anyone get headaches daily?

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Old 09-09-08, 11:10 AM   #2
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I think I'd stop getting headaches if I quit reading BF all the time...

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I was once told that many headaches come from being dehydrated. I've never put this to the test my self, but it would be a elegantly simple solution if it worked. Just drink slot of water.
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brain tumor?
I would go get that checked out by a doctor...

maybe water poisoning.
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Old 09-09-08, 11:18 AM   #6
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3~4 liters of water in 5hrs is a lot of water.
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Just refilled my water bottle. I've had 3 or 4 liters in the past 5 hours. Doesn't mean I won't keep trying though!
maybe water gives you headaches.
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I've always had headaches and migraines, but they're usually pretty infrequent; maybe 2 minor headaches a week, maybe one migraine a month, no big deal.

Lately I've been having them daily. It's a real drag. Actually my head's been hurting for the past 3.5 days or so, not real bad but still persistent. Today it's shaping up to be a bad one. It just wears on me.

Now that I've started commuting on my bike, it doesn't bother me while I'm riding, but when I stop and relax it comes back in force.

Anyone have any tricks that help, without eating pills like candy?
It might be worth having it looked at. My dad started getting migraines a year or two ago and it turned out to be a pretty weird neurological problem. Something to do with the entire network of nerves all around his head. Could have caused him to go blind if he hadn't had it checked sooner.
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that much water can give you headaches... especially if you drink enough to deplete your electrolytes like potassium and magnesium.
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Symptoms of water poisoning include lightheadedness, vomiting, headache, nausea and unresponsiveness.

pop some salt tablets.
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the 500mL and 750mL bottles are the most common.

Well, daily intake of doing nothing is 2L of fluids, which include any foods that also contain fluids.
then you have 500mL or so per 1hr of riding. If it's really hot and humid you should take more, but if you don't add some electrolytes to your water, just drinking 4~5L of it is quite toxic.
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peeing clear is a good sign that you're drinking too much water.
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I saw a neurologist a few years ago, got scanned and all that. It's just migraines.
That was then, and this is now. A lot can change over the course of time. Get checked.
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Simple formula to calculate water intake needs..

Body weight (lb) * .5 = ounces needed in 24 hours.

the .5 is for a couch potato.

So if you weight 150lb then you'll need 150*.5 = 75 ounces

You can break that down in to 8 ounce cups by dividing 75/8 = 9.3

So basically almost 10 cups of water per day.


If you are more active than a couch potato, then you'll want to increase the factor by 1 according to how much more effort you are making.

If you are actively working out then you'll need a bit more than that, ie, 24 ounces per hour is just a close figure to what I use, and I weight 185 lb.


The rest of the time I try to follow the formula above.
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What can I add to my water for this? I'm guessing there's something I can buy?
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just a pinch of salt per bottle is fine.
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I've always had headaches and migraines, but they're usually pretty infrequent; maybe 2 minor headaches a week, maybe one migraine a month, no big deal.

Lately I've been having them daily. It's a real drag. Actually my head's been hurting for the past 3.5 days or so, not real bad but still persistent. Today it's shaping up to be a bad one. It just wears on me.

Now that I've started commuting on my bike, it doesn't bother me while I'm riding, but when I stop and relax it comes back in force.

Anyone have any tricks that help, without eating pills like candy?
Accupressure. Seriously. Use your thumb and pointer to pinch & put pressure on the webbing between your other hand's thumb and pointer. That & drink some water.
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I recommend a CT....LOL
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Had terrible headaches this last week. I figured it was allergies. Then, we had a lot of rain. That usually does the trick to fix things. It didn't this time. I don't know what's going on. Maybe I'm coming down with a cold or something. I've been taking vast amounts of ibuprofen and non-aspirin headache medicine. Nothing seems to work for more than a couple hours. I've had kind of jaw pain and tooth pain, too. It's gotta be my sinuses. It's driving me nuts.
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I've had headaches that lasted a month before. Not pleasant. Baseline headache all the time, and it becomes a painfully throbbing headache (with acute pain behind my right eye) if I exert myself. Made the bicycle commute interesting.

Thankfully, I don't get them often, and haven't had one for a while. Last time I got one, I went to the doctor, who said it was stress/tension related, and gave me some extra-strength acetaminophen or something. Woo.
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I don't get daily headaches, but get them often. Have had migraines that lasted for three or four days at a time. My mother has the same problem. Mine started in high school, and I think hers were the same way.

Right now, what could cause me to have a headache of some variety is some sinus trouble and changing weather. Looks like we're about to have rain, and low pressure systems can bring one on for me.

Funny that you bring up a helmet as being a comforting thing during a headache. I have many bad memories of ill-fitting high school football helmets and the headaches they induced over the years. I was tempted at one point to buy my own helmet, but then I solved that problem by ceasing to play that sport. Helmet selection was the most irritating thing of taking up motorcycle riding as so many helmets seemed to feel like those football helmets of yore.

I kinda have to echo what others are saying on here. Keep yourself hydrated, but not overly hydrated. Eat balanced meals, but don't overeat. Next time you go to the doc, have your blood pressure checked. Back when I was a little heavier and more sedentary, my blood pressure was high for someone my age, and that can bring on headaches. I know you're fitness oriented, which leads to lower blood pressure on average. But it can't hurt to check it and possibly monitor it over time.

If sinus trouble is the root of your problem and you don't want to take antihistamines and stuff like that, you might want to look into using a neti pot. This involves pouring warm saline in one nostril, which takes it through your sinus cavities and out the other nostril. Repeat on the other side, then blow your nose where you're evacuating both nostrils at the same time. Once you learn how to do this well and get over some initial discomfort, this can be a very refreshing thing to do. Not to bring in TMI or anything, but it can sometimes be disturbing to discover what's lurking in your sinuses.
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