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Exercise and Migraines

Can exercise trigger migraines?

It must be emphasized that there is great value in exercise as it can have a therapeutic effect on migraine. Yet, on the other hand just like a double edge sword,  it may also exacerbate a migraine attack, particularly  when the individual is unaccustomed to a particular exercise.

This problem seems to be more commonly associated with more intense activities such as racquet sports and running and tends to affect both men and women equally.

There are many different factors that can contribute to the exercise-related migraine which includes:

  • climactic conditions
  • altitude
  • hydration state of the exercising individual
  • nutritional state of the exercising person
  • the changing heart rate, pulse, and breathing patterns