It has been many years since I popped a blood vessel in my head while lifting but I managed to do it again yesterday on BP of all things. I was having a great workout and boom it happened. I rested a while and tried to hit one of my last 2 ses of incline BP but my head started pounding again. I had already hit 2 solid sets of BP and close grip so I plan to bump my weight up again next week, I am running Coan.
My question is to those of you that have popped a blodd vessel recently how long did it take before you were able to train again without headaches? My head is fine while resting but I remember in the past that sometimes the headache would return again if I tried to train the next day or even a few days later. How long do I need to rest? I am not going to the DR as this has happened to me many times before. My brain is not swelling and all of my functions are fine.
Thread: popped a blood vessel in my head
09-07-2010, 09:14 AM #1
popped a blood vessel in my head
09-07-2010, 09:36 AM #2
09-07-2010, 09:39 AM #3
The only time I had one is when I loaded the pull-down machine with 300 lbs and it hit me on the 8th rep. So, I was doing stupidly heavy assistance work that wasn't really necessary, and probably holding my breath when I should've been breathing more normally.
Just try not to do anything too crazy, and don't build up a lot of intra-abdominal pressure, i.e. don't do things like sets of 5+ reps on heavy squats with a belt.
My headache stayed for maybe a week or two as just a dull throbbing sensation. I was able to work out, it just got a little more bothersome whenever I exerted myself.637/390tng/615 - belt/wraps, best gym lifts.
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09-07-2010, 12:31 PM #4
I've burst a lot of blood vessels (mainly other peoples' ) and I'd be careful if I were you. That can be serious.
Perhaps what you have, though, is an exertion headache:
"...During an intense physical activity, the temperature in the body rises and blood circulation also increases, resulting in the expansion of blood vessels. Experts believe that expanding vessels in the brain put pressure on the surrounding nerves and thus a headache ensues. It begins shortly after the activity and could last from just a few minutes to several hours. When the strenuous activity is continued, the headache becomes more painful and longer in duration. In some cases, the exertion headache progresses into a migraine that lasts for four to six hours. Usually, the pain starts at the back of the head and reduce in intensity after some hours. Other forms of migraine symptoms could arise as well....
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09-07-2010, 01:17 PM #5
great responses and much appreciated. Perhaps I am not bursting blood vessels and it is simply something else. I have not had this happen since I was in my mid 20s and then it happened several times to me while training squats. This was the 1st time this has evern happened to me while training BP but I must admit that I had not warmed up really well but I had already completed 2 sets of ME BP and had moved on to close grip when it happened. I also don't know that it is an exertion headache as it sometimes comes back when I strain again for a few days but then goes away altogether after or before a week passes. It is certainly not a tumor as I have had this happen to me for the last 15 to 20yrs and it only happens on very rare occassions when I am lifting as heavy as I can go and straining as hard as I possibly can.
09-07-2010, 02:30 PM #6
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01-06-2011, 01:44 AM #9
i think i did the exact same thing on my squat night, after my squats i went to leg press and my last set on 160 kg my tenth rep i pushed it harder and strained myself harder than i ever have before then i experienced a sudden and very painful headache at the back of my head for a few minutes then it died down but the headache never fully went, that was on monday, but yesterday (wednesday) i went training as normal thinking i wud be fine. after my first 2 warm up sets on BP i was feeling good then on 60 kg on my 6th rep as soon as i pushed myself it happened again exactly the same as on monday. im still not sure whats happened to me im seeing a doc today but i can still feel the headache at the back of my head if i strain or shake my head. i think it mite be something to do with blood pressure cos if it was a burst blood vessel surely something serious would of happened to me by now, but im only 17 so i dont know if it would be blood pressure.
i started taking creatine about 3 weeks ago it maybe something to do with that, anyone got any ideas on this?
01-06-2011, 04:55 AM #10
Sounds like you don't know what a intracranial hemorrhage (aka 'popped blood vessel') feels like. Those things can kill you.
If you have actually ruptured a blood vessel lifting in the past, you're an idiot for still lifting at all.
My guess is that you're just misinterpreting the symptoms of a headache.Lifts:
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01-06-2011, 01:55 PM #12
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Go to a doctor, please! My uncle was the fittest guy I'd ever seen and popped an aneurysm doing a short, heavy workout. They said it had been building for a while and the workout set it off. He even admits to having felt something off in there once or twice before it happened. Luckily he's alive, but now he can't lift ever again and is missing a good bit of his skull.445/365/525
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09-28-2015, 04:03 PM #14
I have only been power lifting for 2 months and had this once where I went blind in my left eye it was only the second time I have ever done squats (115x20)! It was like an instant migraine and 5 minutes later it went away! Well I haven't had a problem until about 10 days ago and it has been everyday even on my rest days I have a headache on that same side! It is always the left and it never goes away idk if maybe it is cause I am doing heavier weights or if it has to do with my breathing? Should I be more concerned? Is it a big possibility that it is more than an exertion headache? If it was more than that wouldn't I be dead already lol?
09-29-2015, 12:29 AM #15
I was squatting way too much and had the exact same thing happen to me. Trouble is I just kept going at the time. That was three weeks ago today; I still feel the dull throbbing pain. It happens every now and then, I guess when I turn my head the wrong way or something. I've totally stopped lifting because it hurts bad enough when I'm not straining; it kills if I lift. I'm gonna go to the doctor in a week if it doesn't start getting better.
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