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Can the weather cause migraines? (Story + Video)

Changes in the weather can trigger migraines in some people.

Certain features in the weather – high temperatures, low temperatures, high humidity and barometric pressure changes – can set off attacks, says said Dr. Stewart Tepper at the Cleveland Clinic.

Food, stress and habits can cause migraine headaches, but Tepper said migraines appear to be the only type of headache affected by weather.

He also said they can be triggered when a big weather front moves into an area.

If migraine sufferers think headaches are weather-related, Tepper recommends keeping a weather diary.

“You try to cross-reference your diary with the weather. Most people who have weather triggers, they know it.

They know they’re going to get headache. The issue has not been whether they know it or now, but whether they get the diagnosis right. And they may mistakenly think they have a sinus problem, when in fact, it’s migraine,” Tepper said.

Tepper said migraines are not seasonal. There is no time of the year that is worse than another.

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Glyn on 8/05/2012 8:36am

That’s interesting as my son who lives in China is just suffering with a cluster of migraines – 5 in as many days. It has just got really hot there, and he did notice a similar thing happening at the same time last year. I had just read elsewhere that changes in barometric pressure can trigger migraines. Anyone had any similar experiences?

Guest Steve on 9/05/2012 7:34am

As a youngster hot sunny days would trigger mine. Your son maybe experiencing the same effect. Years later I was told a good pair of sunglasses would have helped as it was the glare that helped trigger them.
So sorry your son suffers from these but thankfully I no longer do.
Hope this is helpfull.

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