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Thursday, September 10, 2009 tawnybits, Community Member, asks

Q: Can high blood pressure cause migraine?

Had bad migraine this past weekend and sharp pains in chest, never had that before.  Hospital sent me to cardo doc when they ran out of blood to test lol  He wants to do echo and stress test but he seems to think my blood pressure being somewhat high at this time might be the cause of my migraine problem now.  Never really had high blood pressure except when my head hurts and have to load up on pain meds. Had migraines for over 25 yrs now.  Really bad in the last 3.   

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
9/17/09 4:43pm



Yes, high blood pressure can trigger Migraines. On the other hand, a Migraine can raise your blood pressure. The issue at this point is to discover which is bringing on which.


At one point, I had a similar problem. My doctor had me get a home monitor for my blood pressure and monitor it three times a day, every day and extra times during a Migraine when I had one for about a month. (I kept a log.) In my case, we determined that my Migraines were causing the rise in blood pressure because my blood pressure was fine until I got a Migraine.


If you and your doctor aren't sure, you might talk to him about monitoring your blood pressure. If you ARE sure, the good news is that many medications used to control high blood pressure are also often good for Migraine prevention.


Hope this helps!

Keith Douglas, Community Member
2/24/12 3:05pm

I am currently being treated for Migraines......I also have to monitor my blood pressure, what I am eating, the chemicals that I use to clean my home with etc....there may be one or a combination of these things that are causing me to suffer like BP has been between 156 over 77 and 176 over 80.   Still, the big question is    does the BP cause the migraine or is it the other way around?     My Bp has never been over 130.   It always sits between 113

 and 115over 73.     Im my case at least at this point in time....its the migraine that is raising my BP.     The doc put me on Fioricet.    It helped quite a bit...and My bp is back to normal.     Hope this tidbit of info can help someone else......Believe me   I feel your pain...


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