Weather and Migraine: Barometric Pressure Headache
Weather and migraine, it’s something I can never control. I’m like a human migraine barometer. I wish weather swings were as fun as real swings. The way my kids laugh going up and down back and forth looks fun. Instead, the temperature goes up and down making my head sway back and forth and it’s no fun at all! Weather changes and migraine attacks are common.
This week, we had a 30-degree shift in two days! There goes my head. The weather triggers my migraine every time! The barometric pressure squeezes me like a vice. I have a barometer in my kitchen but I don’t need it because I am triggered before it registers. My allergies kick up and my head gets so much pressure in it I feel like my eyes are popping out.
The wind, hail, and lightning against my windows give me generalized pain EVERYWHERE. The migraine symptoms, my joints, my stomach, the fatigue all revolve around the weather. The cold weather and swings hurt my sinuses making things worse. I’m so much better when it just stays the same.
Barometric Pressure Migraine
Can barometric pressure affect migraine? Oh yes, I feel like a human migraine barometer most days feeling it increase and decrease. The weather changes and migraine hit me before the weather actually appears out my window. Heat, thunderstorms, and all barometric changes trigger my migraine. I have no ideas on how to even prepare for the swings when I know it is coming. I don’t like to take meds to prevent them because I would be doing that several times a day with the number of triggers I have and the pain state I live in.
Weather Headache and Migraine Relief
- I drink lots of water
- Avoid being out in the elements
- Keep my rescue meds close by
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods
- Stay on my sleep schedule
- Try to take stress in stride while doing a bit of yoga or meditation
- Take Benadryl or allergy medicine
- Take an Epsom bath with essential oils
- Continue to do what I can to brace the not so fun swing I’m about to ride