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July 25, 2011

Headaches and Migraines -- Are Sufferers More Sensitive to Weather Changes?

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Representative Michele Bachmann, who as you know is seeking the US Republican presidential nomination, has recently disclosed that she suffers from intense migraine headaches that necessitate emergency medical treatment.

Did you know that changes in the weather can trigger headaches and migraines for some people? Jerry W. Swanson, M.D.| Mayo Clinic explains these triggers include:

  • Bright sunlight
  • Hot or cold temperatures
  • High humidity
  • Dry air
  • Windy or stormy weather
  • Changes in barometric pressure

Why? "For some people, weather changes may cause imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, which can prompt a migraine. Weather-related triggers may also worsen a headache that starts from other causes."

Dr Swanson provides tips how to cope:

  • Keep a headache diary, listing each migraine, when it happened, how long it lasted and what could have caused it. This can help you determine if you have specific weather triggers.
  • Monitor weather changes and avoid triggers if at all possible. For example, stay indoors during very cold or windy weather.
  • Take your migraine medication at the first sign of a migraine.
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices -- eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and keep stress under control. These factors can help reduce the number and severity of migraines.

howtheweatheraffectshealth.jpgThe effects that weather sensitivity, climate change, air, heat, cold, solar radiation and violent weather have on us are all presented in How the Weather Affects Your Health by Manfred Kauser, along with preventative and remedial advice on weather-related disorders.

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