Love exercise, Pilates, yoga, but certain exercises make Migraines worse?

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    Hi - I suffer from daily chronic headaches at least 20-25 days a month. Tried all the preventative medications and get some relief from Gabapentin 1200mg per day - Question: I love to exercise and do Pilates, yoga and weight training - I do find that after certain exercises the migraine get worse. I thought exercise was a good preventative measure. PLEASE tell me your opinion on this. Margo.
             

     

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    Dear Margo;

     

    Exercise can be a two-edged sword for those with Migraines. Exercise is good for overall health as well as helping people be less susceptible to their Migraine triggers, thus reducing Migraines.

     

    On the other side of that is the fact that some exercise is indeed a Migraine trigger for some Migraineurs. Many exercises will also make a Migraine worse if you already have one.

     

    Whether you do it yourself or find a trainer or exercise physiologist to work with you, the best solution for you would be to determine which exercises make your Migraines worse and remove them from your exercise regimen.

     

    Some people with Migraine find that nearly any very intense exercise is a trigger for them, but they can manage to work some exercise into their daily routing. Check out 10 Ways for Migraineurs to Sneak In Some Exercise.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: March 05, 2013