Headache after running

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Does anybody else get splitting headaches after a run? I am a Type 1, diagnosed about a year ago. I go on an early morning 3-mile jog about 2 times a week - only about 30 minutes or so. The headaches started about 2 months ago. My CDE tells me to bolus more before I start, which I have been doing. However, it only seems to delay the onset - doesn't really change the severity of the pain or the duration. I want to keep running because I like it and because nothing else affects my blood sugar so favorably. I realize this is not necessarily a blood sugar issue - could be blood pressure or vitamins or something else entirely. Incidentally, I have made certain I am well hydrated. (I live in Dallas where it is supposed to get to 106 this afternoon!) If anybody has any ideas, I sure would love to hear them. Thanks....
Posted about 7 years ago
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I realize I am responding to my own question, but I think I have figured it out, and maybe I can help somebody else. I took my CDE's advice and kept slowly adding to my bolus before the run, and I have finally arrived at the amount that seems to prevent the headache. I eat a 7-gram carb. cracker and drink 30 grams of carbs (small can of fruit juice) before my run. Then, I eat another 7-gram carb. cracker when I get home. Lots and lots of water and sometimes a couple of advil if I feel a headache coming. The extra carbs have made a world of difference, and I am enjoying my runs again!
Posted about 7 years ago
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:) Hey, answering your own question isn't a bad thing! Like you said, maybe you can help someone else. And that's what this place is all about...helping one another.

I wish I could jog. I have a bad ankle that I stupidly had fused. Dumbest thing I ever did. It has made my life miserable and it has even messed up how i walk and my back. I don't recommend that procedure to anyone.

Well, so nice to hear that you are back to your jogging self. Good for you! By the way, I'm Jane and I'm one of the moderators of this forum. I just thought I'd say hello!

have a great day and enjoy your jog!
Posted about 7 years ago
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You might want to check your blood pressure before and after exercise, just in case its not a diabetes related symptom.
Posted about 7 years ago
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I think that these are "exertional headaches". It is essentially the dialation of the blood vessels within your brain. . If this continues,than perhaps you should talk to your physician about it. If you are taking any new medications, this may be the underlying factor. Alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and drugs can lead to headaches as well.Things to watch out for would be a headache that gets worse over a few days, a stiff neck, weight loss and neurological problems (hearing, seeing....) Also, if the headache is always on one side, you should go in to see your doctor as soon as possible. 
Posted about 7 years ago