What is an exertional headache?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Exertional headaches are precipitated by strenuous activity (eg, running, coughing, sneezing, Valsalva maneuver) and build in intensity over minutes. They are particularly common in patients who have an inherited susceptibility to migraine. Coital headache is a type of exertional headache that can develop at the height of orgasm or it may build up through intercourse.

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