Can physical activity impact my migraines?

Migraine FAQs: Can physical activity impact my migraines?

One of criteria for diagnosing migraines is that the pain and discomfort worsens with physical activity.

For people with tension headaches, the head pain is not aggravated by routine physical activity. Also, physical activity triggers migraines. Sometimes it is everyday activities that launch an attack, other times heavy activity is to blame.

Terms such as “weight-lifter's headache” or “sports-related migraine” are used to describe it because the pain and symptoms arise after physical exertion or effort. Many people who suffer from persistent migraines avoid certain physical activities hoping to prevent migraine attacks.