“You may also feel generally lethargic, tired and unmotivated, which is likely to further promote headaches, a foggy mind and dull head and ear pain,” says the medical expert. Frustratingly, seeing as Mother Nature is in charge of the weather and not little old you, there's not a lot you can do about the cause.
Fresh air is also key, so getting outside is advisable if you've got a weather change headache (although this is easier said than done if it's a heavy storm that's caused your sore head in the first place.) “General exercise should help to subside any pain and pressure, and migraine medication is also an option if you find yourself experiencing these headaches more frequently,” says Harvinder, who also advises visiting your GP if you're experiencing constant and severe headaches that are interfering with your daily life.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Most believe a combination of factors, from genetics to neurovascular imbalances in the brain, play a role.
One leading evolutionary theory is that getting a headache is a protective mechanism against adverse environmental stressors. The theory goes that headache pain would cause someone to seek a safer, more hospitable environment.
The fact that changes in weather and extremes in heat and cold cause headache, some experts believe, gives credence to this theory. They then were asked to rank them in terms of what commonly brought on their migraines and other headaches.
Weather or barometric pressure changes : 73% Intense odors: 64% Bright or flickering lights: 59% Smoke: 53% Extreme heat or cold: 38% Altitude changes : 31% High winds: 18% They also said they'd stayed away from places likely to have smoke in the air, such as restaurants or bars.
As noted earlier, there is a theory that headaches triggered by extreme weather are a protective, or defensive, response because they lead the person to seek a more hospitable environment. Experts believe that people who get frequent headaches have a greater sensitivity to changes in the environment.
The reason, they suspect, is that people who get migraine headaches have likely inherited this sensitivity. The survey cited earlier also found that two out of three headache sufferers had not discussed environmental triggers with their doctors.
Some people have clear signs that a migraine headache is coming. These early warning signs are called “proposal,” meaning precursory.
Irritability Depression Frequent yawning Feeling especially excitable Keep a detailed diary for three months to allow the variable patterns of your headaches to show up.
Your headache symptoms: where you feel the pain, what the pain feels like, and any other symptoms, such as vomiting or sensitivity to noise, smells, or bright light The time your headache started and ended Any food and beverages you had (common triggers include chocolate, caffeine, and foods with the preservatives MSG and nitrates) Any changes in the weather, such as storms, high winds, or high humidity Any treatment you tried, and whether it helped or made the headache worse Some experts believe that people link their headaches to weather more than is actually true.
For some people, weather changes may cause imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, which can prompt a migraine. If you feel your migraines are triggered by weather, you may be understandably frustrated.
However, you can learn which weather changes start a migraine and take steps to lessen their effects by: Keeping a headache diary, listing each migraine, when it happened, how long it lasted and what could have caused it.
Monitoring weather changes and avoiding triggers if at all possible. For example, stay indoors during very cold or windy weather if these factors appear to trigger your migraines.
Examination of fluctuations in atmospheric pressure related to migraine. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission.
If it seems like your headaches come on during or after changes in the weather, start paying closer attention. Because our sinuses are filled with air, any change in that pressure can affect headaches.
A study in Japan looked at the sales of loxoprofen, a headache medicine. Researchers saw a connection between an increase in medication sales and changes to barometric pressure.
From this, the researchers concluded that a decrease in barometric pressure causes an increase in the incidence of headaches. In a study published in 2015, researchers looked at the effects of barometric pressure on people with chronic migraines.
If you suspect that your headaches are related to the weather changes, let your doctor know about this pattern. In an older migraine study from 2004, 39 out of 77 participants were sensitive to weather changes, such as barometric pressure.
That’s why it’s important to keep track of your symptoms and report any changes or patterns to your doctor. There’s no specific test to diagnose barometric headaches, so it’s important to give your doctor as much information as possible.
That can help you accurately answer their questions or see patterns you hadn’t noticed. Your doctor will ask about your past medical history, as well as any family members who experience chronic headaches or migraines.
Neurologic exam blood tests MRI CT scan lumbar puncture In severe cases, Botox injections or nerve decompression surgery may be recommended.
The sooner you recognize the headache coming on, the faster you can treat or prevent it. You may notice head pain or other symptoms, like ringing in your ears, aura, or nausea.
By Medically reviewed by on January 06, 2021 For most of us, a day of thunderstorms on a summer Saturday means staying inside with a cup of tea and a good movie. Landscapes, Seascapes, Jewelry & Action Photographer / Getty Images Let's read about the science behind how a thunderstorm and other weather -related changes may precipitate head pain.
It's fairly common for a person with headaches or migraines to subjectively report weather as a trigger for their attacks.While some people cite simply a “change in weather as their trigger, and others can pin down more specific weather changes like high or low temperatures, humidity, sunlight, wind speed, and dew point. Despite these subjective reports, however, studies on the effects of weather on headaches and migraines reveal inconsistent results.
Besides simply weather changes, you may wonder whether a thunderstorm (a specific weather event) can trigger a headache or migraine. Indeed, many of us can recall plugging along at work or in our homes on a gloomy, damp day with a nagging headache.
Series, which are electromagnetic impulses produced by lightning, may also trigger migraines (like thunderstorms, this phenomenon is still in dispute among experts). Regarding barometric pressure, one study in Internal Medicine examined a few people with migraines living in Japan.The participants kept a headache diary for one year.
Additionally, results revealed that half of the participants had more frequent headaches the day following a drop in barometric pressure. One good idea is to keep a headache diary and review it with your doctor who may help you form a plan to prevent or lessen your attack the next time a certain weather change occurs.
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