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Has anyone ever experienced headache whilst doing push ups

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2013 at 11:41 PM

The question pretty much speaks for itself, i was doing push ups & bam!! i got an instant severe pain in the base of my skull shooting up the back of my head, it was so bad it made me feel sick, it eased off & radiated to my temples. I have had a similar experience once before (4'ish years ago) both this time & the last i purposely had a lot more muscle tension than normal, as in really tensing as much of my body as i can.(don't ask me why, i was just in the mood) thinking about it i may have held my breath for the last 2-3 reps.Has anyone else had this experience before?

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on February 02, 2013
at 05:29 PM

ah right, i just looked at your pic & assumed..my apologies Chris, Thanx for the info chick! =o)

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on February 02, 2013
at 04:27 AM

Chick, not dude, but glad it helped. :)

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on February 01, 2013
at 12:10 AM

Thanks Chris, i think you may have hit on something there, i had my shoulders bunched up so i'm thinking it may be cause, i do push ups regularly & have done for years, dive bomber, inclined, declined, (i'm working on handstand push ups at the moment) I've only ever had this once before, i don't know what made me change method at all..Cheers for the info dude, much appreciated.

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2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

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on January 31, 2013
at 11:56 PM

Check your neck angle. I know there are certain pressure points, particularly in our shoulders/neck, that can trigger numbness, pain, and dizziness. Maybe start with a full plank (just the "up" position) and ensure your shoulders are stabilized and your neck is in a neutral position- not craned up or down, and not tilting to a side. Your shoulders should be somewhat "down." not bunched up toward your ears, and your back should be fairly taut. Also, breathe. Headache in this position? If so, I would guess you've got a pinched nerve.

If no pain, try some longer planks, then start adding the push. If it's the "push" movement that triggers the headache, and your position is good and you're breathing, then I have no clue.

Hope that helps!

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

(925)

on February 01, 2013
at 12:10 AM

Thanks Chris, i think you may have hit on something there, i had my shoulders bunched up so i'm thinking it may be cause, i do push ups regularly & have done for years, dive bomber, inclined, declined, (i'm working on handstand push ups at the moment) I've only ever had this once before, i don't know what made me change method at all..Cheers for the info dude, much appreciated.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on February 02, 2013
at 04:27 AM

Chick, not dude, but glad it helped. :)

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

(925)

on February 02, 2013
at 05:29 PM

ah right, i just looked at your pic & assumed..my apologies Chris, Thanx for the info chick! =o)

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on February 01, 2013
at 10:58 PM

That doesn't sound sound good. I'd get a stress test and push for an MRI. Possibly an overreaction, but better safe than sorry.

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