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What Caused My Headache While Hiking?

I thought it was dehydration, but ended up in an emergency room being treated for an exercise-induced migraine. Anything I can do to prevent this from happening again?

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Question:

I recently did a tough 14-mile hike and woke up with a huge headache and nausea. I thought it was dehydration, but ended up in an emergency room being treated for an exercise-induced migraine. Anything I can do to prevent this from happening again?

Submitted by – Terri, Tucson, AZ

Answer:

Exercise-induced headaches, sometimes outrageous ones, are not uncommon. They seldom indicate anything serious is going on, but be sure your doc has checked for an underlying cause.

Staying well-hydrated and snacking to keep your blood sugar level up helps a lot of people who suffer this kind of headache. Many people also benefit from warming up a bit before hitting the trail, and a couple of ibuprofen tablets before shouldering the pack sometimes help as well.

If the headache comes back anyway, your doc may prescribe a medicine targeted to this kind of pain.