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What could cause dizziness after lifting heavy weights?


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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have had a headache for two weeks now, whenever I am in the gym, I get dizzy by lifting heavy weights, and whenever I am bending, the back of my head goes numb, right now my head is heavy, and I feel dizzy. Kindly help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

These symptoms could indicate an underlying medical condition that requires medical attention. I would recommend consulting a healthcare provider, such as a doctor or a neurologist, to determine the cause of your headaches and dizziness while lifting weights. They can perform diagnostic tests and provide appropriate treatment options based on your specific symptoms. It is essential to prioritize your health and well-being, especially when experiencing persistent symptoms. Do not ignore these symptoms and seek medical advice as soon as possible.

The cause and treatment of headaches and dizziness while lifting weights can vary depending on the underlying condition. Here are some possible causes and treatments:

1. Cervicogenic Headaches: These headaches originate in the neck and can cause pain, pressure, or throbbing in the head. Treatment may include physical therapy, chiropractic care, and medication to manage pain.

2. Cervical Spondylosis: This condition involves the degeneration of the bones and discs in the neck, which can cause neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. Treatment may include physical therapy, medication to manage pain, and surgery in severe cases.

3. Cervical Radiculopathy: This condition involves nerve compression in the neck, which can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms and hands. Treatment may include physical therapy, medication to manage pain, and surgery in severe cases.

4. Dehydration: Lack of fluids can lead to dehydration, which can cause headaches and dizziness. Treatment may include drinking plenty of water before and during exercise.

5. Low Blood Sugar: Lifting weights on an empty stomach can cause blood sugar levels to drop, leading to dizziness and headaches. Treatment may include consuming a small meal or snack before exercising to maintain stable blood sugar levels.

6. High Blood Pressure: Lifting heavy weights can increase blood pressure temporarily, which can cause dizziness or lightheadedness. Treatment may include monitoring blood pressure regularly and consulting a healthcare provider if high blood pressure is a concern.

I hope this information will help you.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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