Triggers and Causes

Migraine after weight lifting

  • By runel

    I’m a 29 year old male who has had migraines with aura since I was around 12 years old.
    They happen 2-3 times a year and they last for about 4-7 hours.
    First I get an aura where my vision disappears gradually (those zig-zag spots). Then I get an insanely bad headache where I can’t do anything but lie down (sometimes I sort of pass out)

    Meds don’t work that well against it (triptans).

    Often when I hit the gym and work out (weight lifting), I will afterwards get a migraine attack. I really want to work out, but it’s to much pain and too exhausting to get these attacks on a regular basis.

    Is there any way to find out what specifically triggers my attacks, or is there anything I can do about?

    – I have seen a specialist and she just told me I should go do something less stressfull for my body, but that doesn’t solve the problem.

    Thanks.. 🙂

  • By Martha Growdon Moderator

    Hi runel, thank you for your question. I’m really sorry the specialist wasn’t more helpful. Is this someone with whom you’ve worked for a long time? It could be helpful to seek a second opinion to find someone who can provide the care and attention you deserve. But I know that takes time, so I’m going to refer you to this article that explains how to keep a migraine journal to attempt to determine your triggers:—this will also be helpful information for your specialist when you have your next appointment. And since you notice a correlation between weight lifting and your migraines already, you might be extra detailed in your migraine journal on days you visit the gym. I hope this helps you determine what your triggers are. -Martha (community moderator)

    • By runel

      Hi Martha. Thanks for your reply. I think I will seek an second opinion then.. and also try keeping a journal 🙂