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Extertion Headaches

How long do Exertion headaches take to heal?  About three weeks ago, while doing deadlifts, I got an exertion headache.  This is the first time I've ever had one.  It was a heavy amount of weight, and I strained myself while trying to re-rack the weight.  Since then, I get exertion headaches sometimes during intercourse and weight lifting.  I am most interesting in treatment and healing time, but could you please explain some of the physiology to me?  I am a university biology student, so you don't really have to dumb down the explanation.
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Hi,
Exertion headaches are generalized head pain during or following physical or passive exertion. This includes running,  lifting, sexual intercourse and even  when sneezing, coughing, or moving one's bowels. Majority of the cases are related to migraine or cluster headaches. 10% is caused by organic diseases  such as aneurysms, tumors, or blood vessel malformation. The cause must be accurately determined and if it persists, additional diagnostic tests like CT scan is done. It can be treated with prescription drugs including aspirin, indomethacin, or propranolol. Preventive medicines may also be taken before any exertion is done. Have this checked by your doctor for proper management. Alternative forms of exercise may be indicated. Take care and best regards.
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I had these and they were a forerunner to an aneurysm. Now I'm paying $50 a month to keep my blood pressure down, and no sex. I live, but I don't enjoy it.
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Hi,
How are you? Some exertion headache sufferers take abortive medicine before the specific activity to prevent the full blown attack. This is different from the maintenance medications that is take regularly. Others have complimentary and alternative medicine like biofeedback therapy to help them out. Talk to your doctor about this. Healthy lifestyle including a low salt diet and regular exercise also help in bringing down the blood pressure. Take care and warm regards.
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Thanks for the help guys.  My salt intake is pretty high, and I'm fairly certain that is what was behind it.
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Hi,
If it persists despite lowering your salt intake, have this checked by your doctor for proper evaluation and to rule out organic diseases I have mentioned. Wishing you good health always! Best regards.
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