Posted by Bon (18.104.22.168) on July 16, 2000 at 21:47:14:
In Reply to: Treatment posted by Marc on July 16, 2000 at 00:12:37:
Thanks for the kind words. I'm confident I will
recover from the heart attack.
About the exercise thing though, not just any
exercise worked for me. For example, I have tried
an exercise bicycle to get rid of a CH but it
didn't work. For me, I think it is the teeth-gritting
effort of the last few curls that does it. Maybe
the pressure from the effort serves to constrict
the blood vessels in my head (similar to the
effect from Ergotamine), whereas a more aerobic
exercise like running may dilate the vessels and
bring on the CH (like the Imdur did to me).
I have had fair success with push-ups as well, but
not as much as with the weights. The key again
though is to make the last repetitions a mighty
struggle. Say to your self that you are going to
push that monster out of your head with every
last ounce of energy you have.
My discovery of this method was borne out of the
exact effort I have described. After a very
severe CH which lasted for 2 or 3 hours, I picked
up a dumbbell out of frustration. I just started
lifting it and kept going because the pain had
been so intense. I was so mad that I kept on
going, and when I could no longer lift it, I was
astonished to find that the headache was gone. It
was like someone turned off the switch in my head.
It seems that Bob P. in his response where he
describes doing squats is getting the same effect.
I have to believe that the weight lifting (or
squats, etc.) will work for many more people as
well. (I truly hope so.) I urge others to give
it a try.
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