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Posted: Mar 3, 2020 at 7:32 Quote
Just curious if anyone else is dealing with something similar.

Over the past few years tiring / fatiguing rides have become a trigger for migraines. I usually get them at the end of the ride, or shortly after returning home.

I believe it’s to do with rides where I either don’t eat enough before, or don’t drink enough water during.

Anyways, just looking for any advice from someone who might have experienced something similar. It’s starting to make me nervous to go on more strenuous days as I’m worried about headaches.

Cheers.

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 at 7:37 Quote
Maybe you can try to slow down your pace a little bit during the climb? This very rarely happen to me: only when I am feeling sick or very tired. Also, maybe you are too much tense during the descent? Anyway, drinking more will definitely help I think.

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 at 7:41 Quote
check your helmet, I used to find that certain pressure spots on my head, as a result from my helmet gave me migrains. since have solved that issue, but worth a check

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 at 9:07 Quote
Yeah might be worth exploring the Helmet angle.

Definitely need to focus on staying hydrates as well.


Cheers

Posted: Mar 7, 2020 at 13:08 Quote
devin-m wrote:
Just curious if anyone else is dealing with something similar.

Over the past few years tiring / fatiguing rides have become a trigger for migraines. I usually get them at the end of the ride, or shortly after returning home.

I believe it’s to do with rides where I either don’t eat enough before, or don’t drink enough water during.

Anyways, just looking for any advice from someone who might have experienced something similar. It’s starting to make me nervous to go on more strenuous days as I’m worried about headaches.

Cheers.
I have same kinda problems. If i just drink water requlary thru out the ride ill be fine with it.

Posted: Jul 7, 2020 at 10:12 Quote
Migraines are neurological events that generally have a specific trigger(s). Certainly dehydration and extreme fatigue could be a trigger. Another type of headache that is sometimes confused with migraine is the type of headache that originates from your upper neck (cervicogenic headache). With long hours in the saddle, it can be triggered by having your neck in an extended position for long periods of time. I'll attach a video I did that could help you rule this in or out and possibly help self-treat it if so. Regardless, for new headaches of unknown cause, a medical evaluation is not a bad idea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiiCGYjWLVk&list=PLtTFikNAy7hgePx2-d9xQTYkXOqCS9lTu&index=1

Posted: Jul 10, 2020 at 18:28 Quote
Devan,

Thanks for posting this. I just wandered into the forum section wondering if anyone else here was having the same issue as me... bingo!

I don’t have any wisdom, but I just started to try and change my diet to see if that has any impact. Mainly because its more straightforward than reducing stress levels (work and COVID related). I’m seeing if there’s any luck with eating less dairy and gluten in my situation. I love biking more than those foods so I’m willing to try just about anything at this point.

The hardest thing is that they hit after the ride for me as well. And I’m not feeling ill during the ride, so knowing when or how to pace myself is difficult.

Again, thanks for starting this thread.

Posted: Sep 7, 2020 at 10:54 Quote
I was actually on here looking up about trainers, but I have this problem too. It’sbeen going on for a few years. Usually with rides where I’m pushing hard, over exertion? Headaches don’t come on until after, sometimes up to hours. Part of me thinks it’s due to hydration. They don’t seem to be as bad when I drink lots of fluids, so I take a full bladder and a bottle with Gatorade, and try not to go out in high temps. But part of me thinks it can be triggered by muscle stress, for example trying too hard to hold a line when I’ma little off-balance, or gritting it up a technical climb. I tend to be okay after shorter rides where I’mtaking it real easy on myself.

Posted: Sep 23, 2021 at 20:30 Quote
Been dealing with migraines since childhood. and yes I mean migraines not headaches, visual, cognitive, paralyzing, nauseating, head crushing migraines.

Went years without them being a big problem but this summer has been a doozy. Usually they were an every once in a while thing, but I am now getting one after every ride. I've been stranded on top of the climb hurling my guts out and blind by myself. Not fun. It's made me quite depressed as mountain biking is my favorite thing in the world and these migraines are making it hard to want to go.

typically I will get one about an hour after a good bit of exertion, sooner if its an especially strenuous climb.

I keep sumatriptan with me and historically those have worked very well at stopping a migraine, but they have become less effective.

Ive tried to make sure i drink lots of water and make sure to eat before I go but it hasnt been making a difference, I get them anyway.

I do have a theory that bad air could be making it worse as its been an especially smokey summer in Salt Lake. My friends also just started getting them as well and also believes the smoke is contributing.

Anyway, hey everyone. So incredibly sorry youre all suffering. I wouldnt wish my migraines on anyone.

Posted: Sep 23, 2021 at 22:48 Quote
@coltshreds Hi, I don't suffer migraines while riding but have had them bad at times in my life so, was interested in this thread. Just replying to say the biggest 'trigger' for my migraines during my late teens, when they started and adolecent years was if there was a strong bad smell, fumes or smoke in the air. So there's definitly something in your experience.

nowerdays I only get a couple a year an (for me) it's 99% dehydration.

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