The only time I get high blood pressure is when I have a severe migraine headache. I have been told that the increase in my blood pressure is due to the pain from the migraine. Is this correct? Should I be worried about other health care concerns? I also have lupus and I do see my rheumatologist on a regular basis. Should I bee worried about other health care concerns or is the high BP just a pain response?
Yes, pain can lead to elevated blood pressure levels. I recommend discussing with your doctor to determine if these periods of high blood pressure are a concern for you or not. Having your blood pressure taken several times when you're not having a headache to see what your normal levels are will likely give a better idea of whether you actually have hypertension or just pain-related blood pressure spikes.
You may also want to ask your question on the migraine site - http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/.
Here are some other links that might be helpful:
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10 Things to Do This Month to Lower Your Blood Pressure
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
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