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03-08-2010, 09:07 PM
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Severe headaches after hockey games?

For about the past 2 years or so I've been dealing with these bad headaches after games probably about 75% of games I get them. I went to the ER about a year ago and had a checkup and cat scan, but my doctor couldn't find anything and says its a side effect from my medication. I had major major surgery in 2004 and am lucky to be alive and playing hockey at all. However the last 3 games I've played, I've been in bed all day the next day with headaches and vomiting. It's getting to the point were I'm ready to retire and I'm only 29. Has anyone ever experienced these after hockey headaches? I'd really like some advice?

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My first thought when I saw the thread title was dehydration, but seeing as a doctor has told you that it is probably a side effect from medication that is probably the right answer.

What exactly is the medication for?

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Maybe it is dehydration like me i barely drink water......playing street hockey at school after about 50 seconds of running and chasing the puck carrier i felt like i was about to puke. after the PE period i had a huge headache!

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For about the past 2 years or so I've been dealing with these bad headaches after games probably about 75% of games I get them. I went to the ER about a year ago and had a checkup and cat scan, but my doctor couldn't find anything and says its a side effect from my medication. I had major major surgery in 2004 and am lucky to be alive and playing hockey at all. However the last 3 games I've played, I've been in bed all day the next day with headaches and vomiting. It's getting to the point were I'm ready to retire and I'm only 29. Has anyone ever experienced these after hockey headaches? I'd really like some advice?
I sometimes get headaches after playing ... tension headaches. I also get them after mowing the lawn on a hot humid day.

I believe it is dehydration and I drink a lot of water for most of the day. It may just be a fact of human physiology for some folk.

My brother gets the same thing and we are genetically similar to the point of being mistaken for each other often by friends though we are not twins.

Are your headaches tension headaches or migraine type headaches from blood vessel constriction? Mine are tension headaches which feel like a muscular claw pulling on the back of your neck to the front forehead.

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for a while I had the same problem what i found out is the best for me is pedialyte i know it sounds funny but I drink one before the game and one after the game. Also drink some water during the game.

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Drink more water during the game. You should be consuming 750 ml or so if you're an average skater. I can get up to a full liter some games.

Water, water, water. Buy gatoraide powder and mix some in too, but don't go full strength.

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How's the lighting in your rink? I'm terribly near-sighted and before I got some better (read: more expensive) contacts that better matched my needs I was getting headaches from the lights playing off the white ice. A mirror coat visor fixed the problem for the most part. Not sure how much protection you want for your face though, so this may not be an option. A "smoke" or whatever it's called tint may also work, in my case the reflective properties were what I needed.

Headaches and nausea are exactly what were bugging me, although not into the next day.

Also I have to echo all the hydration comments. Remember that it starts before a game and not just while playing.

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Yup, first thing I thought was dehydration. I talked to a lady who worked with a group of construction workers, they worked in the hot sun, drank coffee, then went to the bar and had some beers after work. A lot of them were complaining of bad headaches so she made it a rule that everytime they go up or down the ladder they need to drink water, headaches stopped.

It could have something to do with your meds, but water is good for you in so many ways you should drink a lot, not just for hydration, but also because it helps with digestion, and cleans your body out.

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I used to have massive headaches the next morning when coming home after a late night game. I've found a large glass or two of chocolate milk when I get home does wonders for it.

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Drink more water during the game. You should be consuming 750 ml or so if you're an average skater. I can get up to a full liter some games.

Water, water, water. Buy gatoraide powder and mix some in too, but don't go full strength.
If dehydration is the issue (not saying it is and not a doctor) then drinking water during the game won't help you. Drink water during your day and extra a couple hours before you play will keep you hydrated. If you wait until the game you will just be playing catch up and never catch up until the game is over.

I never thought about the lighting till twi mentioned it but that might be something to check into. Especially if you don't have these headaches playing any other sports in different environments.

Hope you figure it out.


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Have you had your blood pressure checked during the games that you are playing? Dehydration and hypertension are among the most for headaches. You may be perfectly normal during normal situations, but the excitement and physical strain of playing could be causing your blood pressure to rise dramatically. Could be that you have an irregular heartbeat when you get excited.

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Just to tag on to the tension headaches, try stretching your neck after you play. Try each of these:

- look over right shoulder for 10 seconds
- look over left shoulder for 10 seconds
- tilt right ear to right shoulder for 10 seconds
- tilt left ear to left shoulder for 10 seconds
- tuck chin to chest for 10 seconds
- tuck chin back and hold for 1 second 10 times (the opposite of sticking neck out)

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Keep talking to your doctor
- Is this unique to hockey? or do you get headaches from other sports?
- Do you get regular headaches in other situations (not sport related)?
- Are those headaches actually migraines?


Not yet mentioned

- Helmet too tight (!)
Solution: loosen up helmet

- Ice rink air quality (carbon monoxide)
Solution: play somewhere else


Already mentioned

- Dehydration (Water)
Solution: drink water before (preferably whole day), during, after

- Dehydration (Water + Salt)
Solution: drink gatorade or other sport drink w/ salt less than 30 minutes before game and/or drink it during game

- Exhaustion, Recovery
Solution: drink chocolate milk (good balance of sugar + protein)

- Lighting (Too much or Not enough?)
- Lighting (Fluorescent flickers)

- Blood pressure

- Medication, Side effect
Solution: try other medication if possible?

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Have you checked to see if your helmet is fitting properly?
I had headache issues with my bauer 5500 as it was putting pressure on some weird spots, then I switched to the CCM vector 10 and haven't had a problem yet.

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Where there is smoke, there generally is a fire. If your getting a headache and your body is warning you, something is up whether you know it or not.

What if you play lighter... if your just playing a scrimmage, just play some D and settle back, play a nice light game of hockey and see if you still get the same problem.

You could be lacking the calories after your game and your body could be reacting adversely like that as well. As weird as it sounds I know people who used to not have a balanced diet and they used to come out of games feeling the same way. Make sure you have some carbs and protein, and that your drinking during the game, just a little at a time, not all at the end of the game.

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Just to tag on to the tension headaches, try stretching your neck after you play. Try each of these:

- look over right shoulder for 10 seconds
- look over left shoulder for 10 seconds
- tilt right ear to right shoulder for 10 seconds
- tilt left ear to left shoulder for 10 seconds
- tuck chin to chest for 10 seconds
- tuck chin back and hold for 1 second 10 times (the opposite of sticking neck out)
I usually use a nice hot shower on the back of my neck and some Ibuprofen.

I don't get a headache every time ... the more I play that night and the more energy expended the more liklihood of getting the headache.

It isn't dehydration I am sure of that for me because I drink a lot of water all day everyday.

My brother has the same problem for example after mowing the lawn on a hot day not necessarily sweating a lot either.

Playing baseball too sometimes.

I'm not sure the exact cause but it does happen sometimes after physical exertion.

I am certain about the hydration thing even though it would appear as being dehydration.

It has been this way my whole life since being a small boy and 80% of the time there isn't a headache anyway.

I would assume this is pretty common with other people too.

I get the same headache when cracking my neck the wrong way sometimes as well. Sometimes my jaw will crack and I will get this same headache about an hour after.

I should also mention I get the headache when I do get one about an hour or two after playing, never during play.

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I usually use a nice hot shower on the back of my neck and some Ibuprofen.

I don't get a headache every time ... the more I play that night and the more energy expended the more liklihood of getting the headache.

It isn't dehydration I am sure of that for me because I drink a lot of water all day everyday.

My brother has the same problem for example after mowing the lawn on a hot day not necessarily sweating a lot either.

Playing baseball too sometimes.

I'm not sure the exact cause but it does happen sometimes after physical exertion.

I am certain about the hydration thing even though it would appear as being dehydration.

It has been this way my whole life since being a small boy and 80% of the time there isn't a headache anyway.

I would assume this is pretty common with other people too.

I get the same headache when cracking my neck the wrong way sometimes as well. Sometimes my jaw will crack and I will get this same headache about an hour after.

I should also mention I get the headache when I do get one about an hour or two after playing, never during play.
Sounds like you had a concussion a long time ago.

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For about the past 2 years or so I've been dealing with these bad headaches after games probably about 75% of games I get them. I went to the ER about a year ago and had a checkup and cat scan, but my doctor couldn't find anything and says its a side effect from my medication. I had major major surgery in 2004 and am lucky to be alive and playing hockey at all. However the last 3 games I've played, I've been in bed all day the next day with headaches and vomiting. It's getting to the point were I'm ready to retire and I'm only 29. Has anyone ever experienced these after hockey headaches? I'd really like some advice?
This sounds serious and the issue is unresolved. His opinion doesn't seem very satisfactory. Did you at least go to another doctor and get a 2nd opinion?

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Sounds like you had a concussion a long time ago.
Can you explain a little more how this would be so?

I probably did have one when I was somewhere around 10 years old. I remember playing king of the mountain on a big snowbank at recess while at school. I dove to tackle someone off the top and went behind the snowbank head first into a fence post made of steel. I remember seeing a bright white light and having a pain like someone stuck a knife into the top of my head.

I don't remember any fuzzy thoughts or anything though and did not become unconscience but it would not surprise me if I did get one without realizing what it was back in 1977.

I also remember sliding down backwards a seperate time on a snowbank and hit my head very hard. I do remember feeling out of it for a few minutes but never told my Mom about that.

Who knows your assessment may very well be possible.

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Thanks for all the responses on this thread. I have been reading through them, and now that it's been mentioned the lighting sucks in our rink, & my helmut is quite uncomfortable. Like I said I've had major surgery and am on medication that cause headaches as a side effect. I'll try a few things

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Thanks for all the responses on this thread. I have been reading through them, and now that it's been mentioned the lighting sucks in our rink, & my helmut is quite uncomfortable. Like I said I've had major surgery and am on medication that cause headaches as a side effect. I'll try a few things
Well at least you know the side effects of your meds and have a starting point.

I played 3 hours of ice time tonight with the group of guys we usually have on Wednesday night. The first two hours was good hockey and it got a little fatigued and sloppy after that but was still fun.

I have a slight headache and that is about it.

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Have you had your cholesterol checked? You could be experiencing the effects of a cardiac episode. You could be in "perfect" health but you could have some serious heart issues that come from your parents.

I know you say they did a Cat scan but you may also want to get it rechecked. You could have a small bleed on your brain that was undetected and as your BP goes up during the game, it increases the pressure and causes the after effects you experience.

These are only 2 "how bad it could be" senarios. Seriously, you need to get with your doctor and get this resolved. If it's anything even slightly serious, if could be life threatening. Your body is trying to tell you something, LISTEN TO IT!!

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Have you had your cholesterol checked? You could be experiencing the effects of a cardiac episode. You could be in "perfect" health but you could have some serious heart issues that come from your parents.

I know you say they did a Cat scan but you may also want to get it rechecked. You could have a small bleed on your brain that was undetected and as your BP goes up during the game, it increases the pressure and causes the after effects you experience.

These are only 2 "how bad it could be" senarios. Seriously, you need to get with your doctor and get this resolved. If it's anything even slightly serious, if could be life threatening. Your body is trying to tell you something, LISTEN TO IT!!
I would have to agree with this somewhat. I reread his first post and the vomiting the next day thing seems odd. headaches 75% of the time also seems odd.

From personal experience I do not trust ER doctors for a diagnosis since they specialize in nothing and are mostly family practice physicians who have a wide range of skills dealing with patients they regularly see as generally being sick and then sending them out for tests and whne the tests come back they send them a specialist.

That being said they did do a Cat scan which is pretty damned detailed. I can state from personal experieince that my abdominal pain I went to the ER for was misdiagnosed in there until i insisted on a CT scan. They were trying to tell me from the regular Xray they took that I had a kidney stone because you could see something on the Xray where the tube from the kidney meets at the bladder.

I knew it was not a kidney stone and after the CT scan was told it was Ulcerative Colitis and my large intestine was damaged where the bladder is.

I actually wished it had been a kidney stone but anyhoo the point is see a specialist if you can, ER docs are not miracle workers.

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Have you tried drinking coffee before your games?

7. Coffee can help prevent/stop headaches
Have you ever wondered why caffeine is one of the main ingredients in migraine medication like Excedrin Migraine? WebMD explains that blood vessels increase in size during a migraine-- caffeine works to decrease the size of blood vessels before they can affect nerves in the brain. So, drinking coffee in the early stages of a headache can help minimize the severity later on.

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