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Head Burning Syndrome

Old 07-07-05, 09:28 PM
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Head Burning Syndrome

I am a relatively new rider. I am over-weight and out of shape. I have noticed that when I do a particular climb on a ride I often take that I get a sensation of burning on the top of my head as I near the top of the hill. I am near exhaustion and feel I could go only another 100 yards or so on the climb without stopping. As soon as I top the grade and level out, the sensation stops. Does anyone know what may be happening?
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Old 07-07-05, 09:40 PM
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Head swelling? I am not sure, when I get to that point, my legs or lungs are searing so bad I do not think of any other pains...
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Originally Posted by my58vw
Head swelling? I am not sure, when I get to that point, my legs or lungs are searing so bad I do not think of any other pains...
No.... It's almost like a cross between a heatlamp on top of the head and a tingling sensation.
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I'm no doctor, but maybe your blood pressure is getting too high and overwhelming your circulation. Anyway you might want to slow down a bit until your body is more used to maximum effort.

I get tingling in the tip of my tongue sometimes if my heart rate is through the roof for an extended period of time.
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Maybe you're thinking too hard?

Nah.Anyway,is it just this specific climb? If so, is it exposed to direct sun, or does it have tree cover? I know, silly.But I always shoot for the obvious first.

My inclination would be that you're simply pushing too hard and overheating, but you say the sensation stops instantly. it should take a few minutes to cool down. So maybe, yeah, you're overexerting.
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Originally Posted by sandy_pangle
No.... It's almost like a cross between a heatlamp on top of the head and a tingling sensation.
have you had a physical? tell this to a doctor. he may advise you to go easier, work up to hills more gradually, etc.
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Your mouth is open since you're sucking wind, and your chin strap is too tight, Loosen up that helmet.

Seriously, with the conditions you describe you really should see a doctor before hammering so hard!!!
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Some kooky types might say your chi is flowing strongly.
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Make sure you have a newer helmet that is well vented.

Oh yeah, take the ski cap off before you start climbing.
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Old 07-18-05, 03:29 PM
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this is over-exertion. get a physical with cardiac checks.

take it easier until you've let your body get used to the effort.
 
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I have had the exact same experience when I started riding harder/longer than I was used to doing.
I grew to recognize it as a warning sign (of something bad) and would slow down, drink, and relax a bit when it appeared. Over time, the longer distances, bigger hills, faster pace didn't generate the symptom.

I don't think you should ignore it.
It's not something you should "work through"
I'd be talking to my Dr about it, if I may say so.
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Head Burning Syndrome = SOUNDS like a STD ...not good when you re-read the posts like:

Your mouth is open since you're sucking wind, and your chin strap is too tight, Loosen up that helmet.

Seriously, with the conditions you describe you really should see a doctor before
hammering so hard!!!
.............
I have had the exact same experience when I started riding harder/longer than I was used to doing.
...............
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