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Inverted body positions?

  • By aerialist

    Hi all!
    It seems that a big trigger for me is being inverted (upside down). So any time I lean over desk, or try to do yoga, a migraine seems to be triggered.

    1) I haven’t heard of anyone else experiencing this. So could I be wrong in linking the two?
    2) Does anyone know much about orthostatic regulation, and how that could be involved in migraine? I’d like to know more…
    3) Are there any good solutions? My daily life actually involves a fair amount of inverting (I could explain, but trust me) – and I’d really like some better ideas for how to handle this.

    I currently use triptans preventatively when I know I’ll be using some inverted postures, but this obviously has overuse potential. So any ideas would be helpful.

    Thanks!

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi aerialist,

    Thank you for your question. Have you mentioned this to your doctor? If not, I would encourage you to do so.

    A word on daily triptan use – doing so can increase our risk of medication overuse headache. This article has more information; https://migraine.com/blog/safely-using-multiple-pain-relief-medications/. The thing is if we have three or four severe migraine attacks a month, it’s time to discuss migraine prevention with the doctor. You can read more about this here; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-preventives-start/.

    Hopefully others will be along shortly to share their experience on this.

    Nancy

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