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Migraine after gardening - ie. bending down and standing up, blood pressure?

Hi there

Has anybody experienced this as a migraine trigger?

Whenever I clear the garden, weeding, picking up leaves etc - and spend a few hours bending down then standing up - it triggers a migraine the next day.

This has got me thinking again about the connection between blood pressure and migraine. I have low BP and often get dizzy on standing.

Recently had a conversation with another migraineur who said his migs disappeared after he started BP medication.

I suspect I may have some form of POTS however never had this tested, only a 24 hr heart monitor that identified ectopic heart beats.

Does this sound familiar to anybody?

(I'm female, age 58, struggling 14+ years with menopause symptoms).

With thanks for any input.

Kent, UK

  1. Hi jems,

    Thank you for reaching out and sharing your story with us. I have heard from others after outdoor activity that a migraine attack was triggered. I wonder if it could be from dehydration, the heat or a combination.

    Beta blockers can be used for migraine prevention, good to hear your friend has good results from them.

    I would encourage you to seek out help from the doctor so you can get to the bottom of this.

    Will you keep me posted?
    Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator

    1. Hi Nancy

      Thanks for your reply.

      Re: gardening, leaf picking - bending down and standing up.

      m pretty certain it's not due to dehydration or heat. It's to do with the change in BP from bending / crouching down, then standing up.

      Just experienced yet another hideous migraine after clearing the garden, it was cold at the time - I'm in the UK.

      Definitely feel there is a connection with heart function and migraine - I have ectopic heart beats that I would like investigated further. However this will be difficult in covid times - getting a GP appt alone is an achievement.

      Unfortunately I can't tolerate beta blockers as I have low blood pressure.

      I've seen neurologists in the past and gone round and round in circles. I don't tolerate meds so just have to ride the migraines, can only take aspirin. It's a hideous, life ruining disability.

      As we know, triggers are wide, varied, individual and many - just being alive really! - guess one of mine is bending down and standing up, ensuing BP changes = migraine. Ugh. Just wondered if anybody else had experienced this.

      Thanks for listening.


  2. Hi ,

    UGH is right! I'm sorry you are dealing with this and hopefully others will be along to share their experiences with you as well.

    We're here for you and, have a great day!

    Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator

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