Migraine Headache? Rain Must Be in the Forecast
Does the weather seem to bring on a migraine? You’re not imagining it. The fall in barometric pressure may be to blame. Here’s how to minimize your suffering.
Does the weather report sometimes have you worried that you’ll develop a pounding migraine? Whether it’s an approaching thunderstorm or a bright sunny day — both can wreak havoc on your head.
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“It’s usually a fall in barometric pressure associated with headaches, but for many people it doesn’t matter; it could be a quick rise in temperature as well. For others, headaches seem to be linked to thunderstorms,” says headache specialist Jennifer Kriegler, MD.
Research shows that changes in barometric pressure can be associated with migraine headache attacks.
Dr. Kriegler says experts aren’t exactly sure why weather changes trigger migraine headaches, but they believe that a fall in barometric pressure may force fluid into tissues and cause a disruption in fluid balance.
You can’t control the weather, but you can take steps to minimize your risk — or treat a migraine if it occurs:
If you seem prone to migraine headaches or they are disrupting your life, be sure to talk to your doctor. He or she will work with you to identify triggers as well as the best treatments.