Strong Short Headache After Lifting Head

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Asked by Child24

Strong Short Headache After Lifting Head

I am 24 physically active male, good diet, doing sports. Now for 2 past days every time when I bend over for few seconds and lift my head up fast I get kind of rushing headache feeling in the back of my head. Feels like blood rushes to my head. It lasts for ~2-3 seconds, but very scary.

Before that I could even do handstand for 30 seconds without any problems, but now I cannot even for 3 seconds. After I finish handstand and stand straight up, that feeling again comes very strong.

What I gathered so far:

  1. maybe too much sodium causes high blood pressure?
  2. maybe it's sinusitis? But I don't have pain when I bend over, only when I come from bending over.
  3. Epidural Headache?

Thanks.

Answer

Hi Child24:

If this is new for you and is a continuing problem, I feel it is best for you to be evaluated by a physician. It is hard saying what may be causing this. I almost wonder if you are having some orthostatic hypotension. "Orthostatic hypotension is brought on by a sudden change in body position, most often when shifting from lying down to standing. This type of hypotension usually lasts only a few seconds or minutes."

Do you have access to checking your blood pressure when you have these symptoms? If you do, you would want to take your blood pressure at rest when you are sitting/lying normally. Then when you stand and if you have this rush, stay standing and take your blood pressure again.

According to the American Academy of Neurology, the formal diagnosis of orthostatic hypotension requires a 20mm drop in systolic blood pressure or a 10mm drop in diastolic blood pressure within two- three minutes of standing. Often there is an associated increase in the heart rate, especially if dehydration or bleeding is the cause (if the patient is taking a beta blocker, the heart rate may not be able to respond with an increase).

Take care,

Tara, RN