I’m starting to think that my body works differently now than when I was younger…
Yesterday I mentioned that I went on a hike at Cliff Cave Park and saw some amazing birds. What I didn’t say is that–as great of a day as it was–it ended with a piercing migraine.
Here’s what happened: We arrived at the park on a bright, sunny day. It was probably around 90 degrees outside.
I was fully hydrated, and I’m in good health. But barely 15 minutes into the hike–which was fully exposed to the sun–I started to feel the onset of a migraine.
This isn’t the first time. I’ve noticed when visiting the beach in recent years that the sun and heat seem to bring on headaches (and/or general exhaustion) at a much faster and more consistent level than when I was young. Again, I’m really focused on staying hydrated, but that’s apparently not enough. Something else is going on.
I should also note that I was wearing sunglasses and sunscreen. I’m not sure if a higher level of protection would have helped, as the heat was oppressive.
My main saving grace is that we eventually found some hiking paths with lots of tree cover. I think that helped to delay the full-force migraine until I got home.
I’d love to figure out this mystery, as I want to be able to enjoy the heat and the outdoors in manageable doses. Have you experienced this? What solutions have you found?