As the title says, after 1-2 hours of any endurance exercise in any zone, my blood pressure drops and I get a migraine headache as a result in the frontal lobes, e.g. after 2 hours of walking, a few hours of mountain biking, etc. In the past I have been using caffeine, as it is a vasoconstrictor, and that works to get rid of the headache but then interferes with sleep and recovery (I get night terrors - waking up at 4am - and anxiety from caffeine), not to mention significantly increased recovery times.
I’d like to keep caffeine to a minimum and not rely on it as a remedy for my headaches. Reading through the forums, a few folks suggested
- increasing sodium intake
- ibuprofen before rides
- taking preventative medication like MigreLief (mostly 400mg of both vit B2 and Magnesium Oxide)
- getting enough sleep (hard with early morning training rides)
- making sure I stretch the neck
Does anyone else have the same problem and found what works?
There are both preventative and treatment prescription med options (e.g. triptans as vasoconstrictors) via PCP, but all those drugs seem like too much - wondering if there is a simpler solution.