Headaches after skiing

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  1. palikona

    palikona Putting on skis Skier

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    I’ve noticed this season I’ve been getting headaches the day after skiing often. I don’t think it’s dehydration, as I drink plenty of water and electrolytes afterwards. Is it likely a result of the calorie deficit from a full day of skiing in the cold? Maybe I’m not eating enough the day after? Thoughts on how to handle this?
     
  2. raytseng

    raytseng Out on the slopes Skier

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    1) Where are you skiing and where is home where you sleep that night? what are the altitudes? Is this your regular house or someplace you are visiting? What is the humidity. Are you sleeping well or poorly.
    2) Do you get the same when you do strenuous non-skiing activity, with what variables are the same and what different?
    3) If you think it's nutrition, what are you eating on your ski day, before during and after? Do you lose weight after you ski?



    Advise:
    1) Ski less on a day, but more days and more often, ramping up to see if you get acclimated.
    2) Don't drink a whole bottle red wine during apres
     
  3. Philpug

    Philpug Enjoying being back on two skis. Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Withdrawl...easy answer don't stop skiing. :thumb:
     
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    palikona

    palikona Putting on skis Skier

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    -Live in Denver, ski (day trips) to Summit, Eagle, etc resorts.
    -Sleeping well.
    -Sometimes after a big hike, IE: 13er or 14er
    -Food during ski day: coffee, smoothie, oatmeal with blueberries, sandwich at lunch, 2 cliff bars during skiing, hot chocolate, almonds, and apple on way home, then a balanced dinner like chicken and veggies. No alcohol.
    -Food next day: pretty much the same, no hot chocolate.
     
  5. CalG

    CalG Out on the slopes Skier

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    Water

    Water

    Water

    Headaches are your brain shrinking away from your skull (expedient visual)
    Skiing is a water depleting activity.

    Drink more water
     


  6. coskigirl

    coskigirl Making fresh tracks Skier

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    When you say "plenty" of water how much do you mean?
     
  7. cantunamunch

    cantunamunch Meh Skier

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    How is your eyesight when you get these headaches?
     
  8. CalG

    CalG Out on the slopes Skier

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    until your urine flows clear.
     
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  9. graham418

    graham418 Out on the slopes Skier

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    Definitely not a calorie deficit, But I do not see a drop of liquid
     
  10. coskigirl

    coskigirl Making fresh tracks Skier

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    I was asking the OP how much they drink, not how much one should drink.
     
  11. RuleMiHa

    RuleMiHa Getting off the lift Skier

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    Headaches are also blood vessels expanding in a brain with a rigid casing.
     
  12. CalG

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    Are you suggesting a "ski related headache cure" based on rigid casing? I'm all ears!
    But,' will go for the "drink more water" therapy first, just to see if it works.
     
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    palikona

    palikona Putting on skis Skier

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    I have about half my body weight in ounces. My urine runs clear. That’s how much water. And it makes me piss a ton.
     
  14. CalG

    CalG Out on the slopes Skier

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    go see a doctor

    The internet is not going to help your headaches unless you follow Phil's advice.

    Don't stop skiing!
     
  15. RuleMiHa

    RuleMiHa Getting off the lift Skier

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    Nope, just pointing out that the pathophysiology of HA's are more complicated than brain shrinkage due to dehydration.
     
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  16. Uncle Louie

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    Possible Cervical mis-alignment. Have a Chiropractor take a look especially if pain relieve meds don't help much.
     
  17. LuliTheYounger

    LuliTheYounger I'm just here to bother my mom Skier

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    Could it be something with your helmet fit or your goggles?
     
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  18. Doug Briggs

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    It sounds like an altitude thing.

    While I used to expound hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, I have read (I don't recall where) that it is possible to over-hydrate with respect to addressing altitude. I agree with @CalG to consult with your doctor. Other useful data would be your O2 level before, during and after activity. Oximeters are not expensive and a useful tool. You may want to consult a doctor in the high country as they are likely to have more experience with visitors with similar symptoms than your Denver doc.
     
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  19. headybrew

    headybrew surrender to the flow Skier

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    Do you eat Clif bars when not skiing or hiking? I know they are marketed as "health food" but in reality they're organic candy bars so maybe one of the ingredients is causing you some grief. Soy protein isolate? Natural flavors? It's the one thing that stands out as different in your diet.

    Have you changed vehicles? Had work done on your vehicle? My second thought is maybe your vehicle is allowing exhaust or other fumes into the passenger compartment and even thought the levels are low your long exposure to it is triggering the headaches.
     
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  20. Fuller

    Fuller T shirts & flip flops... Skier

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    I used to get post bike ride headaches when I would just bring water. I switched to Skratch which has all the electrolytes and tastes a whole lot better than Gatorade. I imagine it might help to work a 21 oz squeeze bottle into your intake plan for the day.
     

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