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Ponytail headache!

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Oh my gosh! I had such a sore head at work today - I got a couple of Paracetamol from a work-mate mid-morning, which eased it for a couple of hours, but early afternoon it was back, and I left work half-an-hour early feeling really sore - like I'd been beaten over the head with a bat!

I thought I was getting sick. My temperature was OK.

Then I remembered about ponytail headaches. I didn't have an 'inside my head' headache, but a very, very sore and tender scalp.


I wear my hair in a ponytail pretty much every day - and certainly every time I'm at work, and I don't usually have any pain from it. But I have now realised that, as well as having my hair tied up in a high ponytail, I am now also wearing a mask, and a visor - which are both causing a certain amount of added pressure on my head - and pulling/pushing my hair. THAT is the cause of my ponytail headache!

Of course, I guess my scalp could also be more sensitive than usual as well - perhaps because of a slight cold, or stress - but I think the main reason is the pressure on my hair. After all, I was togged up in that PPE for 10 hrs on Friday and another 7 hrs today.

I'm going to have to rethink how I style my hair for work - perhaps a loosely woven plait.

So glad I found the cause - I was kind of concerned; one of my friends has Giant Cell Arteritis which began with painful spots on her head................. horrible.

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    Thanks, MOLLIEMAC - yes, we have gizmos for relieving pressure on ears, but there is no gizmo for alleviating pressure on the scalp - to create an air-tight seal on anything you have to have pressure somewhere - you've probably seen the photos of nurses faces after spending the day in full PPE............
    58 days ago
    Do you have access to the gizmos that attach to the loops on your mask? They are meant to prevent sore ears and scalps, very popular with health care workers at the moment.
    59 days ago
    *your* 🤦‍♀️
    59 days ago
    I love you Sherlockian approach to diagnosis! So glad it turned out to be something non-worrisome. We don’t need any extra worries this year! 💆‍♀️ Maybe a nice scalp massage!
    59 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Oh, sorry that you were not feeling well. I have short hair. I pretty much just wash it and run.
    60 days ago
    Something else for consideration: has your hair been cut or is it getting longer. So, might your pony also be a bit heavier if the hair has grown longer?

    I know I often start to feel it in my neck once my hair reaches a certain length. My hair is long and it is quite a bit of weight tugging on my head and neck.

    60 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    I get headaches from my hair too. That's why I like it short. Unfortunately it's much longer than normal so I've been wearing ponytails too. Plus masks. Ugh!
    60 days ago
  • LEARN211
    I am glad it was just your ponytail.
    60 days ago
    I used to get those headaches too, but am very careful how tightly I tie up my hair. I love the last bit, that’s me too!
    60 days ago
    I get "hat" headaches. I looooove hats but if they are too tight ... almost instant headache that last alllllll day.
    60 days ago
    Mine is butt length and I just bun it with a hair-fork, but I make sure to move the bun to different places periodically to keep those types of headaches away. emoticon
    60 days ago
    I had long hair when I first went into nursing. I braided my hair, then pinned it in a bun. Didn't take too much fuss.

    Good luck!
    60 days ago
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