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Pain at the base of the skull

Post by hoosegow » Sun Feb 04, 2007 2:06 pm

I used to get these every now and again, but it has been several years since I had one. I was deadlifting yesterday - second time in about 6 months- and I got this intense pain at the base of my skull. It made me nausiated and I swear weak and shakey. I also seem teary. I quit my workout halfway into it I was feeling so bad. I had a dull ache this morning. After church, I went to go do my chest exercise. Boom, same thing. I quit after one exercise. What is it, what do I do about it, and how do I keep from having it again?

I'm going to go lie down for a while now. If I never return, rest assure it was an aneurysm and I would have answered my own question.

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Post by jwcalla » Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:10 pm

Goodness, man! Don't talk like that.

Maybe you should see a doctor this week since he'd be more qualified to understand this than most of us here. Yeah I know -- I hate going to the doctor too... but it's not like we're talking about a hang-nail here.

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Post by Scott Ismari » Sun Feb 04, 2007 5:23 pm

Id like to say its muscle spasms cutting off blood flow or maybe a muscle strain, but get your glutes to the doctor to make a professional diagnosis. Ive had those before too, but not as serious carrying over to the next day.
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Post by hoosegow » Mon Feb 05, 2007 9:38 am

I'm still alive. I also posted on goheavy.com. Scott, as usual, you seem to be right on the money. I work with an old competitive power lifter and I told him my symptoms and he said he used to get them, too. He then said how he used to get them and he described it exactly as I had done. He thinks it is a muscle strain at the base of the skull caused by a combination of arching the neck and blood pressure when lifting heavy. He said to concentrate on breathing and lay off heavy weight for a while. I'm interested to see what the responses are from goheavy.

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Post by Matt Z » Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:25 pm

Good to hear you're still among the living, but you still may want to get checked out. Better safe than sorry.

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Post by Otama » Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:57 pm

yes get yourself checked out. the symptoms you described are similar to what Scott described but can also be attributed to disc pathology in the cervical spine. Forums are no substitute for a medical opinion in cases like this.
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Post by Hoister » Tue Feb 06, 2007 8:25 pm

I agree with others that a trip to a doctor is in order.

I was experiencing the same issue and it turned out to be muscle spasms. I got this checked out by my doctor and a specialist.

Hopefully you get the same report from your doctor.

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Post by hoosegow » Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:10 pm

I'm taking the week off and will see what happens on Sunday. I am about to go crazy with all the pent up energy.

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Post by Carlucci » Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:33 am

hoosegow, how's it going for you now?

I'm a real newb to strength training at 39 years old. I've lost 51 pounds in 7 months and now I'm 167 pounds at 5'6". For the 1st 6 months, I just used dumbells at home.

About 3 weeks ago I got a similar issue as yours. It happened on the 2nd day of going to the gym, rather than working out at home. By searching the internet, I self-diagnosed it as a "benign exertional headache". I got it the first time after doing shoulder presses on the machine. I think I pushed my head back into the pads, causing the initial strain.

It was very frightening. I'm just grateful it happened after I lost my weight because a scare and pain like that would have been enough for me to just chuck the whole idea, but now I'm determined to recover and continue.

After that, I would get an intense headache no matter what type of lifting I did, from simple curls to pull ups. I could prevent it by taking 600mg of ibuprofen about an hour before my workout.

I went to see my doctor and he advised me to take 2 weeks off from any weightlifting, which I have done. (well, mostly. I did do some lifting with only 1/4 of my normal weights just because I'm hooked. I had no problem with extremely light weight)

Tomorrow will be the end of my 2 week hiatus. I'm very nervous and concerned that it will happen again and then I'll be looking at MRI's and a longer hiatus. I'm just curious if the rest did the trick for you.

Are you back in business?

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Post by hoosegow » Wed Feb 21, 2007 4:34 pm

Like I said, it isn't the first time I have had that happen, just the first time in a long time and for it lasting as long as it did. I'm fine. Doc says it probably was just a muscle spasm and to take it easy for a little while. I didn't lift for a week. I am pretty proud of myself for not getting too much pent up anger and agression. I only pulled one person out of the car, ripped their arm off and beat them senseless with it. It was a bloody mess, but the investigating officer, a fellow brother of iron, understood and let me off with a warning. I walked away still holding the arm. I think my labrador was chewing on it last night. I digress.

My powerlifting friend told me to really concentrate on my breathing when lifting heavy. So I have. I found that I had gotten lazy with my breathing form and have gone back to the basics. The overall re-concentration on my form seems to have helped as well.

On a side note, the guy whose arm I ripped off sent me a letter of apology for cutting me off in traffic. It was a little hard for me to read since it was written with his right hand (he was left handed). I am back lifting with no restrictions 5 days a week and my general hatred for mankind has subsided.

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Post by TeeBee » Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:32 pm

It was probably an exertional headache. I had about four of them in the 1980s, in my twenties. I haven't had one since.

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Post by wubby » Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:42 pm

I had this happen to me during my squats last week. Sounds like the same thing. It has been 5 days now and I still can't workout ... this is brutal. I hope it is not a several week healing process....

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