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Is there a correlation between being sick and getting a head rush more easily?

Asked by ubersiren (15051 points ) April 7th, 2010

For the last week and a half I’ve been getting a throbbing head rush very easily. I’ve been fighting a cold for about the same length of time, but it finally beat me and I have a throat and chest thing. If I cough, bend down, reach up, sneeze, hold my breath for hiccups, turn my head too fast, yell up the stairs, etc. I get a nasty painful head rush. Also, there is there another name for head rush? I’m not sure that’s the official name for it and that most people won’t know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, does having a cold have an exaggerated effect on head rushes? If not, is there a common problem that causes them?

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DarkScribe's avatar

Swine flu strikes again.

Just kidding but several people here with swine flu are complaining of head pain, piercing ear pains and similar.

wilma's avatar

I think it may have to do with your sinuses. If they are affected by your cold virus, then they could certainly cause you discomfort when you do those things you listed.
If you are able to take a decongestant you might get some relief.
I assume that you are breastfeeding your baby and a decongestant might be contraindicated.

CaptainHarley's avatar

Your cold could be having an effect on your blood pressure, but you sound rather young, so that’s unlikely. It may be that your head is stopped up and when you stand up suddenly it causes increased pressure in your head, leading to the “head-rush” sensation. I wouldn’t be unduly concerned about it unless it lasts longer than a week. If it does, see a physician.

cazzie's avatar

Is this like one of those blood vessel dilation headaches? Do you get kind of spotty in your vision too? It’s probably related to your cold, if it started at the same time. Try to take it easy. Your body is telling you you should slow down, it needs a rest.

JeffVader's avatar

Yes, there are a couple of fairly minor things that can cause this. Firstly if your chest is congested then you wont be getting as much oxygen into your blood as normal, which can make you headrush. Secondly depending on the nature of the cold it could be affecting your inner ear via infection. This also messes with balance & can cause headrush like sensation.

JLeslie's avatar

Head rush to me means you feel like you could pass out. If that is the case, yes it kind of makes sense, because that could be from low blood pressure. If this is what is happening make sure you keep your fluids up and when it happens immediately put your head down so the blood can get to your brain more easily.

CodePinko's avatar

“Headrushes” are usually associated with low blood pressure.

Hexr's avatar

My personal hypothesis: the sickness causes a decrease in oxygen input (through impairing the lungs ability for perfusion), and when you do these things which cause increased oxygen demands, your brain does not receive the oxygen it needs. This is caused due to the decreased function of the lungs. When the brain receives less oxygen than it needs, dizziness ensues. The headrush might be the brain receiving the sudden rush of blood/oxygen caused by the sudden exertions after this period of not receiving the blood. Or it could just be a simple case of your body’s functions slowing down due to lack of energy, and not being able to compensate.

lloydbird's avatar

Hey…...where can I get me some of that “head rush”,... man…?

Seriously though.., check out ‘healing crisis’ with regard to your symptoms.

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