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Running and Headaches - The Original Live Journal Runners Club
Running and Headaches
Question for all of you--

This week I came down with a headache that lasted for three days. I really wanted to go running, but was afraid it would only make the pain worse...and I don't like pain, so I opted out.

However, I also know that exercise releases endorphines, which can dull pain.

So...in your experience, will running with a headache make it better or worse?

Thankfully, the headache is gone, so I can finally get back to running tonight! Yay! :-)

And on an un-related note...I was elated to discover a running store in my area (a.k.a. BFE) on Saturday. So, I can finally go get fitted for some decent running shoes!

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1grl_revolution From: 1grl_revolution Date: February 20th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
In my experience I feel way better after a run. It might come back later on, but I usually feel much better for a bit after the run. That said, if I have a serious migraine starting I don't run because I feel too nauseated.
back_track From: back_track Date: February 20th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
If it's just a headache I'll still run. I generally don't run if I'm coughing up pieces of my lungs, have a high fever, or am vomiting. Otherwise, running makes me feel better.
From: jakshadows Date: February 20th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
It depends on the nature of the headache. Running dilates blood vessels, and this can help relieve the pain most people have with a headache.

However, the dilation is also said to cause headaches. I suppose it's one of those things you have to figure out which is applicable to you.
katie_keysburg From: katie_keysburg Date: February 20th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess it depends on the cause of your headache. Most of mine seem to be caused by rapid blood sugar fluctuations, and exercise ALWAYS helps with those. I have no migrane experience though.
mellyjc From: mellyjc Date: February 20th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Depends on the cause. Usually my headaches aren't bad and I'll attempt to run. And usually my headaches are related to chiropractic issues (I have TMJ and my c1 pops out frequently). There have been a rare one or two that out running and the jostling aggravated the chiropractic issue and it got worse...

But for the most part running helps my pains. I think I keep better posture while running so maybe things 'bounce into place' or something..I've had sciatica pain go away from running as well.
t__m__i From: t__m__i Date: February 20th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
You had a headache that lasted for **three days** and you're worried about running? If it's a one-off, that's all well and good, but, um - well you know *I* would go to a doctor if something like that happened to me (what you do is entirely your concern though :D ).
everlastinggoo From: everlastinggoo Date: February 20th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh...well...yeah. I had told myself that if the headache was still hanging around today, I'd go to the doctor. But its gone, so...I think I'm good. I probably *should* have gone. But I'm stubborn, and really hate going to the doctor...
schizmatic From: schizmatic Date: February 20th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
In my experience running usually ends a headache. But then I rarely get headaches so I'm probably not the best person to ask.
___smaller From: ___smaller Date: February 21st, 2009 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
i have a problem with chronic headaches and usually running or other physical activity will help. other times though, i just cant do it and need to lay in a dark room and hope that when i wake up, ill feel better.

i really, really encourage you to see a doctor about this, though. headaches are nothing to scoff at, and when it lasts that long, there is reason for concern. this may be getting too personal, but if youre on BCP then you really need to call a doctor.
everlastinggoo From: everlastinggoo Date: February 21st, 2009 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm...well I am on a BCP...so maybe I guess I should look into it some more. *sigh*
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