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    Hey guys, I was deadlifting the other day and felt like I pulled/pinched something in my neck, a couple days after I went to lift again and got an intense throbbing headache at the back of my head which lasted a few days (and I still get now 2 weeks later I f I lift). I spoke with the doctor over the phone and they said it was muscular due to the headache going when I put pressure on my neck muscle. Has anyone else had this before and do you know how long it lasts? The doctor said to go back to lifting every now and again to see when it’s not hurting
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    Tightness in your traps can cause it. You can try stretching your neck but it probably won't go away until the tightness relaxes. If you can't put up with it, try ibuprofen.

    How long it lasts depends on how badly it was tweaked, could be anything from a few hours to a few days.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    Tightness in your traps can cause it. You can try stretching your neck but it probably won't go away until the tightness relaxes. If you can't put up with it, try ibuprofen.

    How long it lasts depends on how badly it was tweaked, could be anything from a few hours to a few days.
    Is it normal to come back every time I go to the gym? It’s been 2 weeks now and just as a start working out it starts killing again. Really frustrating!
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    Originally Posted by ipoody View Post
    Is it normal to come back every time I go to the gym? It’s been 2 weeks now and just as a start working out it starts killing again. Really frustrating!
    Does it happen during training? If so, that's not good and may indicate an injury.

    Or is it after (like the next day) when you start to get DOMS from training? That's less serious.

    If you have sore traps at the same time as the headaches then it could be the reason. You can try doing overhead shrugs with lighter weight and full ROM, smooth tempo, high reps (e.g. up to 25 before it starts to burn).
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    Does it happen during training? If so, that's not good and may indicate an injury.

    Or is it after (like the next day) when you start to get DOMS from training? That's less serious.

    If you have sore traps at the same time as the headaches then it could be the reason. You can try doing overhead shrugs with lighter weight and full ROM, smooth tempo, high reps (e.g. up to 25 before it starts to burn).
    Yeah it’s during training only, the first time training after the tweak was the worst, the headache lasted for a couple days! It doesn’t feel like pain in traps, more neck muscle going inside the back of my head, I have Google’d what it could be but nothing matches it... have booked myself a chiropractor hopefully they can help
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    Originally Posted by ipoody View Post
    Hey guys, I was deadlifting the other day and felt like I pulled/pinched something in my neck, a couple days after I went to lift again and got an intense throbbing headache at the back of my head which lasted a few days (and I still get now 2 weeks later I f I lift). I spoke with the doctor over the phone and they said it was muscular due to the headache going when I put pressure on my neck muscle. Has anyone else had this before and do you know how long it lasts? The doctor said to go back to lifting every now and again to see when it’s not hurting
    Could the headache be an "exertion headache"? I got this last year during a set of high-rep squats and it lasted for a while. I think this was also a short while after I had hurt my back deadlifting. It was scary as I had never experienced it before. From what I understood it can be caused by a "perfect storm" of various factors coming together at once (e.g. hard workout, not being properly hydrated, inadequate recovery, not breathing properly during a hard set, etc.), and when you get this you should take a break from the gym for 1-2 weeks and then slowly get back into lifting, and particularly be careful with heavy compounds. Also make sure to be properly hydrated and warm up properly before your workout.

    I don't know if it's this but the intense throbbing headache sounds a lot like exertion headache.
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    Originally Posted by EiFit91 View Post
    Could the headache be an "exertion headache"? I got this last year during a set of high-rep squats and it lasted for a while. I think this was also a short while after I had hurt my back deadlifting. It was scary as I had never experienced it before. From what I understood it can be caused by a "perfect storm" of various factors coming together at once (e.g. hard workout, not being properly hydrated, inadequate recovery, not breathing properly during a hard set, etc.), and when you get this you should take a break from the gym for 1-2 weeks and then slowly get back into lifting, and particularly be careful with heavy compounds. Also make sure to be properly hydrated and warm up properly before your workout.

    I don't know if it's this but the intense throbbing headache sounds a lot like exertion headache.
    Potentially a tension headache but the first one I had for almost a week! I’ll give that a try thanks! I tried lifting again yesterday (just over 2 weeks later) and the pain was a lot less, but as I got closer to fatigue I felt the headache come back and stopped straight away.
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    To prevent an exertion headache:

    HYDRATE:
    Drink enough water the day before your lift and the day of your lift to achieve clear or light yellow urine (never dark golden urine), and continue to do so during your workout. It will be smooth and easy for your blood to flow through your vessels.

    BREATHE:
    It is a valuable tool that is used to create stability in the thoracic cavity (torso area) during a maximal lifting exercise in order to prevent lower back injuries. Although it is safe to use, it shouldn't be done during multiple repetition sets. Repeat the exercise at least twice, exhaling during the positive phase and inhaling during the negative phase. More detailed information about breathing techniques can be found here.

    NEUTRAL SPINE:
    The neck does not need to be bent unless performing a neck exercise. In order for proper blood flow to the brain, a neutral spinal alignment is crucial. During a deadlift or a squat, looking up may mentally assist with maintaining a straight back. Maintain a neutral position for the head and neck.

    CONDITIONING:
    With regimented cardiovascular exercise, it is possible to develop a healthy heart and lungs. Exercise that helps to develop a healthier cardiovascular system is effective in reducing the risk of exertion headaches by improving cardiovascular efficiency.
    Training with a high level of intensity can enhance performance potential, increase strength and size, but it can also cause exertion headaches. Exercise sessions that are performed at high intensity should be complemented with a solid cardiovascular base, proper hydration, and correct breathing techniques. As well, you may want to start with the compound movements to build leg strength. Exercises involving the legs are inherently hard and tiring. As much as possible, perform them early in a workout if you are fatigued, dehydrated, or on top of your heart rate.
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    Could be excertion, like someone mentioned.
    I would also do some soft tissue therapy work along ya traps, upper back, ehh every where while ya at it. That definitely helped me, best of luck boyo.
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    Thanks for all the replies guys!

    I went to see a chiropractor last week and she told me I was lifting too heavy after a 6 week lay off. One of the muscles going through my traps and up my neck was fully tensed up even while I was relaxed. She’s given me a bunch of neck and shoulder stretches and it seems to be helping! Note to stupid self, you can’t lift the same weight after a long lay off... won’t be happening again!!
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    When I go to the gym, do I have to come back every time? Despite working out for a couple weeks now, it started killing again just as soon as I started. I'm so frustrated!
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    Originally Posted by Harry5031 View Post
    When I go to the gym, do I have to come back every time? Despite working out for a couple weeks now, it started killing again just as soon as I started. I'm so frustrated!
    I don't understand the question - are we still talking about exertion headaches?
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    Originally Posted by ipoody View Post
    ...and they said it was muscular due to the headache going when I put pressure on my neck muscle. Has anyone else had this before and do you know how long it lasts? The doctor said to go back to lifting every now and again to see when it’s not hurting
    I doubt it is muscular, to me it sounds like IVD. If so, it will take on average about 3 months. Frustrating pain-filled three months. Hydration, back stretches and such. I had to buy inflatable neck comforter, helped a lot. Also, special gentle neck stretch exercises, those are good too, great relief. If this is in fact compressed IVD, I doubt you will be able to continue on with your lifting routine for at least 2 month. But, what do I know, doc is right about trying to lift every now and then.
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    i have sever headache in my whole head for 3 days. i just lift 50 kg weight in gym few days ago, after which I suffered from headache.
    i took paracetamol. and few other medicine but, I still suffer from headache, does anyone felt this kinda headache? or any one know the treatment?
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    Is it normal to come back every time I go to the gym? It’s been 2 weeks now and just as a start working out it starts killing again. Really frustrating!
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    It has been 3 days since I've had a severe headache. The day following the workout, I suffered from a headache after lifting 50 kg weight.
    As a result of taking paracetamol, I felt better. Although I have tried few other medicines, my headache persists. Does anyone else experience this kind of headache? Can anyone tell me how the treatment works?
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    Originally Posted by Harry5031 View Post
    It has been 3 days since I've had a severe headache. The day following the workout, I suffered from a headache after lifting 50 kg weight.
    As a result of taking paracetamol, I felt better. Although I have tried few other medicines, my headache persists. Does anyone else experience this kind of headache? Can anyone tell me how the treatment works?
    It sounds like you’re having what I had, take a rest from training and see a physiotherapist. In my case I stopped training for around 3 weeks, and was stretching my neck and shoulders every day. Look as far to one side as possible (like you’re looking over your shoulder) and push your chin slightly further that way, with the opposite shoulder push it back and down as far as you can and hold this for 30 seconds (do both sides). Then do the exact same but when you look as far to one side look down as well and pull your head to your armpit, again, dropping the opposite shoulder down and back, this would trigger a mini headache for me but after a few weeks it went away, start training gradually again and don’t rush back in to it. Good posture while you lift is key and poor posture got me!
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    Headaches

    When I get headaches after lifting, squats, shoulder shrugs, dumbbell presses, etc, it is a result of compressing my disc. I've noticed it also occurs when I hike with a weighted backpack. You may have figured out by now how to overcome the discomfort and manage the pain. For me, a physio and chiro are necessary. I also try not to hike now with anything but water. Lightening up the weight on hikes has helped. My weight lifting I am just going to not lift as heavy or as often. At 50+ the years are beginning to reveal the wear and tear.
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