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What can be a cause for migraines and headaches after standing up or climbing stairs?

What can be a cause for migraines and headaches  after standing up or climbing stairs?

Especially if: You are out of shape the increased blood flow to the brain might be a trigger, but it should also happen with other types of strenuous activities if this is true. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...Read more


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I have low backache with headache everyday esp after standing up a while what's the cause ?

I have low backache with headache everyday esp after standing up a while     what's the cause ?

SPINE: Sounds like a spine/posture problem...the headache from your CERVICAL (neck) Spine and the low backache from your LUMBAR (low back) spine! Suggest you consult with a Chiropractor!!!!! Ask you PCP for a referral!!!!!! ...Read more

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What could cause severe headache when standing and last for a while after sitting again?

What could cause severe headache when standing and last for a while after sitting again?

Headache on standing: It is similar to headache after spinal tap. You need to see your doctor to rule put causes such as low CSF pressure (intracranial hypotension) ...Read more

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I've had a headache for five days it developed after a climbing trainig, left front, some nausea, no other bodily symptoms, worse standing?

I've had a headache for five days it developed after a climbing trainig, left front, some nausea, no other bodily symptoms, worse standing?

Altitude?: You mention climbing, were you at altitude, say above 6000ft above Sea Level? If so, it could be symptoms of altitude sickness and you should go to a lower altitude immediately. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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After my spinal tap I had a headache upon standing for 3-4 days. It's beginning to subside. Is this typical of a spinal headache? Can I go for a run?

After my spinal tap I had a headache upon standing for 3-4 days. It's beginning to subside. Is this typical of a spinal headache? Can I go for a run?

Not recommended: Most patients notice an improvement in their spinal headache after a few days and feel able to manage. However, physical activity is not recommended. ...Read more

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Severe back pain only when laying down, at night, or standing after sitting. Switching positions in bed does nothing. Bad Headache when awake?

Severe back pain only when laying down, at night, or standing after sitting.  Switching positions in bed does nothing.  Bad Headache when awake?

Pelvic girdle ?: 38y w. HA, back pain lying/standing, not sitting. Sitting: both ischial prominences contact seat surface forcing sacroiliac joints, SIJ, into neutral anatomic positions. Sleep: surface ground forces translate around pelvic bony ring to loose/pained SIJ. Standing: upper body weight upon SIJ's; torquing loose SIJ. Loose SIJ evokes functional scoliosis as upright, head tilt & neck muscle tension HA. ...Read more

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On Elavil (10mg) for chronic tension headaches. After 2 weeks the pain is worse. It's focal, top-left, sharp & standing makes it worse. Any advice?

On Elavil (10mg) for chronic tension headaches. After 2 weeks the pain is worse. It's focal, top-left, sharp & standing makes it worse. Any advice?

Follow up with MD: Studies show that Elavil for chronic pain may take several weeks to begin noticing improvement. The dosage may be modified for symptomatic relief. As such, I recommend that you follow-up with your treating physician to reassess your overall condition and possibly change the dosage. ...Read more

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Episodes of throbbing headache and chest pain/pressure. Very intense.Lasts seconds. Only after standing, sitting, or activity. What's happening to me?

Episodes of throbbing headache and chest pain/pressure. Very intense.Lasts seconds. Only after standing, sitting, or activity. What's happening to me?

May be many things: You need a full h&p , but you may have a drop in blood pressure when these are happening. A tilt table test may be helpful to see if the symptoms can be reproduced and see what the blood pressure and heart rate does.Other tests might include a holter , echo of heart and blood work. ...Read more

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In someone with orthostatic hypotension, how long do symptoms like headache last? Permanently until treated, 10 minutes after standing, 5 minutes...?

In someone with orthostatic hypotension, how long do symptoms like headache last? Permanently until treated, 10 minutes after standing, 5 minutes...?

Up to 5 minutes.: The symptoms should normally last up to 5 minutes. However the patient has to be very careful and whenever he gets the symptoms of hypotension he should immediately lie down to avoid loss of consciousness. This will also help getting rid of dizziness and headache. It is always better to treat the cause of hypotension. ...Read more

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Causes of brief mild headache when going from sitting position to standing, or when breathing out after holding breath? Brain tumor?

Causes of brief mild headache when going from sitting position to standing, or when breathing out after holding breath? Brain tumor?

Brain tumor: The headaches that you describe are not associated with brain tumors. Why are you holding your breath until you get a headache? Are the headaches associated with anxiety or blood pressure changes? See a neurologist to define and treat the type of headache that you are suffering from. ...Read more