First time posting, long-time reader.
I started seriously lifting in February of this year, and I made some remarkable gains. My coworkers have been saying that I look "muscular" now, and that last year I looked like I was sick because I was so thin. I feel much better about myself, and feel less self-conscious about my body.
A couple of weeks ago I started my workout doing essentially a bench-press on a machine, and I developed the headache that many here have described: back of the neck, throbbing, radiating upward and essentially incapacitating. I got up off the machine and literally hit the floor. The same happened again when I tried to resume.
I took a week off per the posts here, then tried again. This time it hit me doing curls. My workout was curtailed. Next day another episode while benching. Let me say that it had nothing to do with my breathing or hydration status, as I made sure those two parameters were covered. I could, however, feel the muscles in the base of my skull being pulled, and the pain worsened if I didn't focus on my form.
So, I'm taking more time off. I'm going to start posting here to keep my enthusiasm up. I am so freakin' frustrated, though, it makes me want to scream. I have just gone through about 11 pages of headache threads. I appreciate any wisdom/encouragement from you guys.