Top 75 Migraine and Headache Questions, #68

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    I have been under the care of a Neurologist for 3 years. I have been diagnosed with cluster headaches and transformed migraines behind my right eye. I have been on 480 mg of Verapamil and have seen a lot of progress. My last Migraine attack was Friday, November 5th 2004. I went to the emergency room and my blood pressure was 153/100 before receiving a shot of Demerol. My blood pressure 20 minutes after the injection and abortion of migraine was back to normal 120/70. My question is, does the pain from Migraines cause blood pressure to rise that high during attacks? And likewise, does high blood pressure cause migraines and cluster headaches behind the right eye? Thank you for your help. Joel.


    Dear Joel;

    Both are true: headaches and Migraines can cause increased BP and high BP can set you up for headaches and Migraines. Sounds like you've made good progress.

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: February 27, 2007