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I get very bad, debilitating headaches the day after skiing; they usually come on in the afternoon and are severe by late afternoon and evening. The only cure I've found once they start is to go to bed and hope that it is gone in the morning. I originally thought they were due to dehydration and maybe lack of calorie intake while skiing, but I've been making it a point to drink and eat more my last few ski outings and that hasn't changed the outcome...still get the HA the following day. The headaches are always contained in what feels like the frontal lobe/forehead...honestly it feels like a really bad hangover but I don't drink anymore so it can't be that. I live in Seattle and usually ski around 5000' of elevation, so I wouldn't think altitude would be the cause either. I've never been prone to HAs, this just started this winter and only occur the day after skiing. It's to the point where I dread the day after skiing because I know how bad the HA will be!
I first started getting these headaches this past fall and only in the past month or so have I noticed that they always occur the day after skiing...my girlfriend who is a nurse pointed that out actually. I don't recall if I have had one of these headaches on a day that didn't follow skiing.
The other major symptoms I have at the same time is general fatigue and irritability. I just want to lay down and go to sleep and not talk to anyone or look at anything, which isn't always an option in the afternoon. Looking at a TV and/or computer makes it worse. I generally don't feel nauseous but I also don't feel like I have my normal appetite while having one of these HAs.
Going to sleep at night always works as a cure...I might feel a faint residual the next day but nothing close to what it was. Meds don't touch it - I've tried ibuprofen and Tylenol. Another nurse friend of mine who suffers from migraines gave me an imitrex to try next time I have one but I haven't tried it yet.
I have no significant other medical hx except for a few broken bones back in the day and I've never gotten these HAs in the past. I am a very active outdoors-man and I ski and climb in the Cascades year round, usually at elevations ranging from 5000-7000 feet.
Thanks for the response! Can migraines come on at any point in life? The thing that I find most curious is that My lifestyle hasn't changed...I've been active in this fashion for years but the headache thing is relatively new. Do you think that this might just a product of getting older? I will definitely start keeping a diary.