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Having not done any exercise for many years the C25K suddenly inspired me so off I went and after the first week I felt amazing and a good 10 years younger, however halfway through my first run in the second week I had a stabbing pain in the back of my head, it was so painful I had to stop, had my rest day then when I started the run bit on my next day same thing happened, went to my doctor who said it might be an exertion headache. Has anyone else experienced this and if so how did you deal with it?

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I've no experience of that I'm afraid. It also might be worth looking at your shoulders and or hydration both can cause headaches. When I first started I used to hunch my shoulders and tense up, this would cause a headache. When I'm under pressure on a run I feel my shoulders rising. I just shake them down and try and relax a bit that can help. Also make sure you have had enough to drink the day before your run as being dehydrated can cause headaches but usually they are In The front portion when they hit. I'm sure someone will have some experience of exertion headaches and help you out.


Have you any meds from your doctor for it?

Have not had it through running, but once got a headache while swimming and found it was down to holding my head too high doing front crawl putting tension through my shoulders and neck, altered my position and not had it since, so make sure you're not tensing your shoulders up. An anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen half hour before exercising is said to help if no underlying problem exists and ginger is supposed to be very good.. see link..



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