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Old 04-18-2011, 09:36 PM   #1
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what does a hypertension headache feel like?

I'm being treated for hypertension, but I still get annoying, long-lasting headaches some days.
They are almost always on my right temple, and always a dull pressure rather than a sharp pain. It's like a one-sided vice-grip. It can sometimes get worse with physical activity, but often persists no matter what I am doing.
Should I be worried about an impending stroke or aneurysm?
I want to continue working out to improve my blood pressure/heart strength, and I always push myself hard for 30 minutes on the elliptical glider. Is this dangerous if I have a headache?

 
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Re: what does a hypertension headache feel like?

How high is your BP and have you ever taken it at home after working out? If working out is too stressful on you it could cause your headaches. Every person is different with symptoms of a headache or any other illness. You would have to talk to your Dr. to see if maybe you need to slow it down some or not.

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Re: what does a hypertension headache feel like?

how do you know these headaches are due to your hypertension?

 
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Re: what does a hypertension headache feel like?

My bp can be as high as 160/90-plus when I'm stressed. I'm also being treated for anxiety disorder, so the headaches could just be stress-related. I tend to worry about any new symptoms I get.
My doctor says not to worry if I get a headache, as long as it doesn't get "too bad." Whatever that means? I guess I'm just not sure whether these are hypertension headaches or not...

 
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Re: what does a hypertension headache feel like?

Before having 4 strokes, I had massive crippling headaches, so be aware of that kind of headache and get yourself to a hospital if you are having one. The kind of headache that puts you on your knees, makes you ill, drives you mad.

Short of that, hypertension does cause headaches, mine are very specific. They start up the back of my neck and spread around my hatband area. I think each of us might have different symptoms with the headache.

If your BP is un-controlled, you need help getting it there, and keeping it there. I was running around with BP's in the 200's until one day too many had arrived and I had the strokes while in the ocean...That was 8 years ago and I am still recovering.

Take good care of your BP, I wish I would have.

 
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