weather-related migraines are common- how can you cope?
Anyone suffering from a migraine attack begins to recognize the triggers overtime. It might be a certain kind of food or lack of sleep or stress. Another bigreason that not many individuals think about is weather. A change in weatherand environmental issues can be responsible for 50 percent of migraineheadaches.
Migraine sufferers are sensitive to any kind of environment change and arealmost certain to get an attack when exposed to extreme weather conditions.
Some of the potential environment triggers are:
- High humidity
- Extremely dry conditions
- Bright lights and sun glare
- Stormy weather
- High winds
- Barometric pressure changes
Studies show that migraine attacks related to weather are more common inthe summer than in the winter. Often individuals prone to such headaches gothrough the entire winter without experiencing a single migraine attack. But comesummer and strong sunshine and many afflicted with regular migraines will startto feel the onset of more frequent, painful headaches. What follows are commonsymptoms like throbbing pain on one side of the head, nausea, sensitivity to lightand sound, eye and nerve strain.
Prevention is Better than Cure with Weather-Related Migraines
Weather-related triggers can worsen a headache brought on by another causesuch as stress or a certain food. However, unlike other migraine triggers likefood or lack of sleep that can be controlled, weather-related headaches are moredifficult to avoid. What precautions can you take to prevent them? Here is someuseful advice from the team at the
New Jersey Headache Institute:
- Avoid going out on a humid, hot day: Stay away from bright, strongsunlight. If you must go, cover your head with a light-colored, cotton scarf orcarry an umbrella to shade yourself from the sun.
- Keep a headache diary: If you suspect that the weather is a major triggerfor your migraines, maintain a dairy. That is the best way to be sure. Makenote of when the pain started, what kind of pain did you experience, howwas the weather that day, any symptoms before the migraine started, etc. Ifa consistent pattern is identified where certain types of weather conditionstrigger migraines, more precaution can be taken to prevent and combat thesymptoms.
- Stay hydrated: Often humidity and heat combined with dehydration are acause for migraine. Make sure to drink enough water every day, even incooler weather when you may not feel as thirsty, or when you are in indoorsand don’t sweat much.
- Keep your migraine medicine with you…always: Don’t hesitate to takemedication if you sense a migraine attack coming. Delaying it will worsen thepain and reduce the effectiveness of the medication when you finally do takeit.
- Make healthy lifestyle choices: Eating healthy and on schedule, sleepingwell and exercising regularly go a long way in keeping you fit and lessvulnerable to migraines.
Treatment For Your Weather-Related Headaches Is Just a Phone Call Away
Our team at the New Jersey Headache Institute will work with you tounderstand the root of your migraine problem—weather-related or otherwise.Through a personalized approach to neurological examination and diagnosis,we offer holistic advice and treatment for every patient. We provide a numberof effective headache treatments that will benefit you both in the short term andlong term.
Call our specialist migraine management team today at 908.315.5707 or use our contact form tobook a consultation. Your headache diary can help us to find the right migraine and headache treatment that best suits your individual needs.
Dr. Payman Sadeghi is the co-founder of the New Jersey Headache Institute. He studied medicine at Nordestana University and finished his Internal Medicine internship and Neurology residency at the University of Texas. Dr. Sadeghi has completed an electromyography super fellowship as well as many epilepsy and neuroimaging fellowships. At his residency in Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Dr. Sadeghi gained extensive experience diagnosing and treating headache and migraine patients. That residency, along with Dr. Sadeghi’s medical curiosity and his varied clinical experience, has made him a specialist in headaches and their treatment.
Dr. Sadeghi was also a clinical assistant professor during his time at the University of Texas. He is a member of the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Sadeghi is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Persian.