Primary Exertional Headache
Weight-Lifter’s Headache; Diver’s Headache; Effort Headache
The headache is precipitated by any form of exercise. Recognized sub-varieties include “weight-lifter’s headache, diver’s headache, effort headache, etc.”
Since a patient with primary exertional headache (pEH) seldom goes to the doctor, there are very few epidemiological studies or reports on treatment options for pEH.
The new classification of the International Headache Society (IHS) provides the following description and diagnostic criteria for pEH.
Pain is bilateral, throbbing on onset, and short or long-lasting (5 min–48 h)
It specifically occurs during or immediately after physical exercise requiring exertion.
There is a close temporal relationship between pain and physical exercise, particularly in hot weather or at high altitude.
The headache is prevented by avoiding excessive exertion.
It cannot be attributed to any other disorder.
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