Primary exertional headache

Headache triggered by exercise.

Symptoms of Primary exertional headache

The following features are indicative of Primary exertional headache:
  • pain in head
  • pain in neck
  • throbbing pain
  • pulsatile pain during exercise

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Common Causes of Primary exertional headache

The following are the most common causes of Primary exertional headache:
  • dilation of blood vessels inside the skull due to strenuous physical activities

Risk Factors for Primary exertional headache

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Primary exertional headache:
  • exercising in hot weather
  • exercising at high altitudes
  • family history of migraine

Prevention of Primary exertional headache

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Primary exertional headache. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • avoid exercising in hot and high altitudes
  • warm up prior to strenuous exercises

Occurrence of Primary exertional headache

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Primary exertional headache cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Not common between 50K - 500K cases

Common Age Group

Primary exertional headache most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 20-50 years

Common Gender

Primary exertional headache can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Primary exertional headache

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Primary exertional headache:
  • Brain MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging): To create cross-sectional images of structures within brain
  • CT (Computerized tomography): To visualize the blood vessels inside brain
  • X-ray: To generate a cross-sectional image of brain

Complications of Primary exertional headache if untreated

Yes, Primary exertional headache causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Primary exertional headache is left untreated:
  • stenosis

Self-care for Primary exertional headache

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Primary exertional headache:
  • warm up prior to strenuous exercises

Time for Treatment of Primary exertional headache

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Primary exertional headache to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 week

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Primary exertional headache.

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