Exercise headaches are headaches that occur during intense exercise.
They usually occur in activities such as running, tennis, swimming and weightlifting.
They are classified into two main groups: primary exercise headaches which are not harmful and usually stop when one stops exercising or doing the activity that caused the headache and secondary exercise seizures that are serious and originate from problems within the brain like bleeding or tumors.
Secondary headaches can also occur due to problems otside the brain that affect other organs like coronary heart disease. These headaches usually require immediate medical attention unlike the primary ones.
The common symptoms of exercise headaches include: throbbing pain that affects both sides of the head and usually occurs during strenuous exercise.
The symptoms that are seen in secondary exercise headaches but not in primary exercise headaches include:
Loss of consciousness
Sometimes rigidity of the neck
Primary exercise headaches usually last from five minutes to 48 hours while secondary exercise headaches can last from one day to several days, even weeks.
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