Can Weather Changes Trigger Migraines?

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If you’ve ever suffered a migraine, you don’t soon forget the throbbing pain and pulsating that can send you to bed in a dark room. No one knows for sure what causes migraines, but weather changes seem to trigger the mega headaches in some people. Before the barometric pressure drops and a migraine finds you again, let Boston PainCare’s board-certified physicians create a treatment plan that can help tame your migraines and headaches.

What are migraines?

Migraines are severely painful and recurring headaches that can last from hours to days. Pain, usually on one side of the head, isn’t the only symptom. Migraines often cause nausea, vomiting, and intense sensitivity to light and sound.

More than 38 million people in the United States suffer migraines; 5 million suffer at least one migraine per month. And 91% of sufferers say they miss work and can’t function normally during migraine attacks.

What is a migraine aura?

A migraine aura is a sensory warning that tells some patients that a migraine is on the way. Auras can present as zig-zagging lines or blind spots in your vision, seeing flashing or sparkling lights, difficulty speaking, stiffness, pins and needles in legs and arms, and confusion.

Although auras are weird and unpleasant, they are early detection systems that let you know a migraine is imminent. Some people can head off migraines by taking action after they sense the aura but before the pain erupts.

Most migraines, however, appear unannounced because auras don’t accompany 70%-90% of migraines.

What causes migraines?

Although the cause of migraines is still a mystery, the following triggers can set off these headaches:

Weather changes also can create brain chemical imbalances and bring on migraines. Some weather triggers include temperature extremes, bright sunlight or glare, dry air or high humidity, changes in barometric pressure, and stormy weather.

Treatment options for migraines

Medication, Botox®️ injections, and lifestyle changes help ward off or reduce the full force of migraines.

Medication

Migraine medications aim to prevent or mute headache pain. Preventive medications can be taken daily to ward off headaches, while painkillers taken early in the migraine cycle can dampen the worst pain.

Botox injections

Botox, a form of botulinum toxin, is FDA-approved to treat chronic migraines. When injected around pain fibers responsible for migraines, it blocks chemicals that enable pain transmission.

Lifestyle changes

Good living can reduce migraine frequency. Get enough sleep (but not too much); eat well, and avoid foods that feed migraines; learn to relax your muscles through meditation and yoga; and keep a migraine diary to help you and your doctor pinpoint headache triggers.

Behavioral therapy, which helps you learn to cope with life’s stressors, also can assist in managing migraines.

If you suffer from severe headaches and migraines more than once or twice a month, the pain management specialists at Boston PainCare can create a treatment plan and help you get relief. Call the office location that’s most convenient to you, or request an appointment online.

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