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Why does my heart feel like its pumping in the back of my head?

Why does my heart feel like its pumping in the back of my head? Every now and then when im playing sport my head starts to hurt and start thumping why is this and at the moment im getting it running up the stairs? im 13 and very active I drink tonnes of lucozade could that be the cause if its papaltations? and my dad suffers from migraines?
Sat, 12 Dec 2009
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You are experiencing 'palpitations', which basically mean you are aware of your own heart beat. Generally this is normal, especially after being physically active. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003081.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palpitation If lucozade is an energy drink, and contains caffeine, then yes, a lot of caffeine can induce palpitations. I find it unlikely that you have chronic high blood pressure if you are only 13. If you were experiencing a migraine, it would be very obvious; I don't think this is what you are suffering from. However, we on this forum are not in any position to diagnose you; if you really feel concerned about your this, you should see your family doctor.
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