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Feeling heaviness at the back of the head. What can be done? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 28-May-2013
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Doctor:How are you doing?
User:I am fine, thank you
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:for the past 1 week, I have a heaviness feeling in the backside of my head
User:it is not really a headache, but head feels heavy.
User:when I lie down, I can sense a bit of uneasiness
Doctor:Only one side of the head is affected or both sides?
User:only the back side
User:i think in the center specially
Doctor:Does it get worse in the evenings?
User:yeah. usually I sense it when I am trying to lie down.
User:also at times in the morning after waking up
User:note that in the past 3 months I had significant weight loss on account of dieting and work-out
User:recently I increased my running activity..substantially.
Doctor:Any kind of redness in the eyes or discharge from nose?
User:let me check the eye
User:no redness and discharge from nose
Doctor:Does this get better when you eat something?
User:I did not realize that.
Doctor:There are 2 things I am thinking of XXXXXX
User:when I bend my head even now, I can sense slight pain
Doctor:First, it can be tension headache
Doctor:Second, it can be due to low blood sugar and over exertion
Doctor:Is there a lot of stress that you are experiencing?
User:I stretched hard for my running training
User:I increased my running regimen last week
Doctor:No mental stress
User:usual. but I do work long hours
User:last week there was less sleep
User:on few nights
Doctor:There are a few things that need to be addressed
Doctor:First, you will need to eat at regular intervals
Doctor:So every 3-4 hours, you should be eating something
Doctor:Second, have plenty of fluids especially ELECTRAL when you are exercising a lot
Doctor:Take 1 XXXXXXX of ELECTRAL and mix with 1 litre of water
Doctor:This needs to be taken within 24 hours
Doctor:This will keep you hydrated
User:ok. actually I was diagnosed with high sugar around 5 months back
User:about 6.7% H1BAC
Doctor:Have you gotten your sugar levels checked recently?
User:yes my workout regimen started with that.
User:I have been on diet since then
User:I reduced 15 kgs of weight in 5 months
Doctor:What about the sugar levels?
User:they have become very normal now
User:my last fasting and post prandial were very normal
Doctor:It is quite likely XXXXXX that this is low blood sugar or hypoglycemia.
Doctor:That will cause heaviness in the head
User:ok.. has it gone to the other extreme?
Doctor:SO main treatment would be to have regular meals, have plenty of fluids
User:sorry I am confused a bit
Doctor:No actually, in people like you, the glucose balance is not maintained very well
Doctor:Let me explain
Doctor:Actually, people with prediabetes or diabetes have a problem with the glucose balance
User:ok I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic
Doctor:This will lead to a situation where the blood sugar levels keep fluctuating
Doctor:So all your exercise and diet should be in moderation
Doctor:Dont increase your exercise levels without suitably modifying your diet
Doctor:If you are exercising more, see a physician and get a diet plan made for yourself
Doctor:You will need to eat at regular intervals
Doctor:Particularly after you workout
Doctor:Also, sleep properly and dont overexert yourself
Doctor:Keep a packet of glucose with you always
User:ok my case was actually impaired glucose tolerance
Doctor:If you have dizziness or a fast heart beat or sweating or some other problem
Doctor:You take this glucose at once
Doctor:As I explained XXXXXX, when the glucose tolerance is impaired
Doctor:the levels will fluctuate when you exercise too much
Doctor:Your body is not able to maintain the balance and low blood sugar can be very XXXXXXX
User:ok.. I thought after weight reduction and balanced diet.. my glucose levels became normal
Doctor:They will
Doctor:But dont exercise too much
User:ok fine. I understand that. I will keep the balance
Doctor:You should be doing cardio for 50 minutes and some weight training
Doctor:It needs to be done regularly
Doctor:also, a suitable diet needs to be designed
User:Yeah I was doing for an hour only.. But I started to run around 5 kms on the treadmill
User:that was the exertion
User:I was training for a marathon
Doctor:You should only jog XXXXXX
Doctor:Running on a treadmill can damage your knee joints over the long term
User:so headache is a sign of low blood sugar?
Doctor:Are you feeling that heaviness right now?
Doctor:Yes it can be
User:very slight
Doctor:It can also be related to the stress partially
User:will the low sugar be detected in tests
Doctor:So sleep well, exercise and diet in moderation and you should be good
User:or it happens anytime during the day
Doctor:When you feel heaviness in your head, that time if you give a blood sample
Doctor:It should show a low blood sugar
User:ok.. the next time I feel that I will give a blood sample
User:wud that be for fasting or otherwise
Doctor:No fasting
Doctor:at that time, just give a blood sample for random blood glucose
User:ok fine
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with?
User:thanks doctor. I have no queries
Doctor:Bye for now
Doctor:Take care
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