posted on Jul, 30 2014 @ 09:02 PM
It could be a number of things. I am not sure that she should simply ignore something like that. Hopefully the issue is mundane and not serious. I
think the first thing I would try is to see whether she is possibly tensing up her neck muscles from the stress of running. Try massaging the neck
area and see if that alleviates the symptoms. This happens to me sometimes, although not directly in the back of the head, as I don't think there are
any muscles there. But there are muscles that run up the skull a good ways...So it would just depend on where the pain is located. If it feels like it
is in the portion of the head that is above the muscles, and the pain feels like it is internal rather than external, it should be checked out.
I would think a more serious concern would be a lack of blood flow caused by a blockage, which could cause pain. And if it is only happening when her
blood pressure is raised, there might very well be some underlying cause, as opposed to just stress headaches. Out of the more serious possibilities
there could be a tumor or an aneurysm. An MRI would help determine the cause. Does she have any other symptoms that accompany the headaches, such as
numbness or tingling, distortion of vision, or dizziness? This would definitely indicate a serious problem and medical attention should be sought
immediately. Something else to consider is if she ever gets these types of headaches when doing anything else. It has been established that exercise
can trigger migraines in some people, but I don't know how common this is. If the cause of exercise headaches is neurological, which I think it is
believed to be, then it probably happens at other times as well and not just when exercising. But that doesn't seem to be what you are describing I
I think the most important thing is to determine exactly what is causing them. IE is it muscular or vascular? Could be simply muscle spasms. Another
possibility is simply a lack of oxygen. If she is in bad shape physically then this is definitely possible. Learning how to breathe properly when
running could help this. I did both distance running and sprinting in high school, although during different years since the training is different for
each, and then did a heck of a lot of running in the military, and I have seen weird things happen to people. I have seen people pass out, get
headaches, and I've thrown up on a number of occasions, I've gotten dizzy, etc...So it is definitely possible that there is not a serious issue, but
I would not want to take that risk.
One of the most important things is knowing your body and knowing when something is not right. I have been feeling "off" for a couple of months, and
then it started burning when I urinated recently. They couldn't find any trace of an infection in my urine, and no STD's or anything like that, and
ultimately ruled I had a prostate infection. But I just knew that something was not right, even when I wasn't having symptoms. And even having been
on antibiotics for a while I still don't feel "right," although it is hard to explain exactly why, so I know that there are only a handful of
possibilities: either there is something major wrong that is not an infection, the bacteria is immune to the Cipro I'm taking, or it will just take
months to clear up this particular infection.
My point is that she might have an idea as to whether she has been feeling different. She might not have even connected it to the headaches if that is
the case. The best advice I can give is to have her checked out, granted it is not obviously a muscle or anything like that. Pushing on the affected
area and kind of moving your fingers around might tell you more about whether it is a muscle as well. It may or may not be difficult to determine
whether the pain originates inside or outside the skull, but the former has much more potential for being serious. I hope it is just from stress and
not anything more serious. Good luck.