i had a crainotomy 2yrs ago for a tumor. i use to do situps daily. now when i do them i get really bad headaches that last all day.is there a way i can do situps without the headaches? i asked my doctor about this and se laughed and told me dont do them.if there is a way i can do them without the pain please share your ideas,thanks brainpain
How are you?
You can try taking an NSAID or OTC pain killers just before doing sit ups and also make sure you maintain your fluid intake and are not dehydrated.
It would be great if you can switch to another form of exercise.
A possible and common cause of headaches especially related to situps is tight Splenius muscle (back of neck muscle). What happens is doing situps strengthens the spenius muscle and tightens it just like any other muscle. Do a chin tuck stretch as well as head to side and pretend you are trying to kiss your armpit. Hold these stretches for 15-60 seconds best done when body temperature is up.
I myself have severe headaches from a head injury, I broke my neck and am now a fitness trainer where I have learned that tight muscles are almost always the cause or at least contributing fators to pains and poor posture.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.