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Please help! Headaches during GMAT [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2013, 15:53
Has anyone else struggled with this?

I've taken the GMAT twice now, and each time I get a dull/massive headache during the middle of quant and lasts through verbal. It severely affects my ability to think or even decipher what I'm reading (I almost canceled the last test as I felt like I guessed through most of Verbal). Does anyone have any recommendations to prevent this from happening (e.g. energy drink during break? chocolate?advil?)

I make sure to eat a solid breakfast and drink water/have a snack during the break (even did a few pushups), but it doesn't seem to help? Please let me know if you've experienced this and found a way around it, as I'm facing the GMAT one more time... :x

(FYI, it happens during practice exams too, though usually later during the verbal section).
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Re: Please help! Headaches during GMAT [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2013, 06:24
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Mostly likely a stress/tension headache. I get them quite often.
The easiest way to manage it is take pain killers.
Might also be worth seeing a doctor as well.

Longer term solutions call for reducing your stress levels and developing strategies for managing it.

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Re: Please help! Headaches during GMAT [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2013, 10:55
sarahrs wrote:
Mostly likely a stress/tension headache. I get them quite often.
The easiest way to manage it is take pain killers.
Might also be worth seeing a doctor as well.

Longer term solutions call for reducing your stress levels and developing strategies for managing it.

Sarah

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Thank you for the reply!

I'm guessing you mean painkillers like aspirin/tylenol (Is there one you recommend? Do you recommend taking them before the exam or is during the 1st break enough time to get it in my system?)

I usually never get headaches (thank you GMAT), so I never considered taking painkillers. I've got my GMAT in a couple days, so hopefully this will help. Thank you!!! :-D
Re: Please help! Headaches during GMAT   [#permalink] 18 Aug 2013, 10:55
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