In this article you are going to discover a simple but effective method to find out if weather changes – and especially barometric pressure changes trigger your migraines, and what to do about it.
Weather and, more specifically, weather changes are often thought to be headache or migraine “triggers”.
Even though most studies show little scientific evidence to back up this assertion, many people still attribute their pain to uncontrollable, outside sources like weather changes.
In fact, in a recent study performed on migraine sufferers over a period of two months to two years, 51% of the people studied were actually sensitive to weather changes out of 62% who thought they were.
In other words, 1 in 10 people wrongly believed that weather can trigger their migraines.
So what does this mean?
If means that 10% of these people probably didn’t do much to get rid of their migraines. They probably didn’t even try to prevent their suffering instead of taking a side-effect full painkiller when the pain hit, because they thought that it was outside of their control.
And if this statistic would be apply to all of the 32 million Americans suffering from migraines, that means that more than 3 million migraine sufferers should start looking for a solution.
Could you be one of them?
I don’t know. But I know how you can find out.
And when you find out, you will not only have the peace of mind and the relief of certainty, but you will be able to choose the right action steps and finally get rid of your migraines – weather they are influenced by weather on not.
Types of Weather Changes
There are 3 weather characteristics that can influence your body:
- Pressure (Barometric Pressure)
However, thanks to our modern lifestyles we can change most of them as we please if we really wanted to.
If the temperature outside is too high or too low, it doesn’t mean it has to be the same on the inside of your home.
If the air is dry you can buy a humidifier, or you can use a moist cloth and let the water evaporate. And, on the other hand, if the air is to humid, you might need to open a window or buy a dehumidifier.
But changing the barometric pressure… well, that’s a different story. Although you can slightly modify the air pressure in a room by opening doors or windows, barometric pressure remains the most uncontrollable meteorological condition that many people attribute their headaches to.
What is Barometric Pressure?
Pressure is the force applied to an area of surface.
Barometric pressure, also known as air pressure, is the force exerted by the weight of the air above an object. The higher a person goes above sea level, the more air pushes down upon then, and therefore, the less air pressure he feels.
Barometric pressure is measured in Pascals (Symbol: Pa) or in Bars – 1 bar being roughly equal to the atmospheric pressure at sea level, or 100kPa.
How To Find Out If You Are Affected
Here is what you have to do to find out if you are affected by air pressure or any of the other weather parameters:
- Find a notebook and start a migraine journal.
If you don’t have a notebook at hand, take out a piece of paper or create a new text document on your computer, and make a point of buying a real notebook the first time you get a chance.
- Start right now and write down all the last migraine episodes you can remember with enough detail. For now it doesn’t have to be very complex. Just write down the exact time and date of each migraine, together with as many details about your symptoms as possible.
- Wait a few weeks until you gather more and more data, writing it down each time you get a migraine, and then return to this site and continue the action steps.
- Head over to weatherspark.com. This is a really beautiful weather site with nice graphs that show you the exact weather conditions of a location.
- Start by entering the name of your city. Then, from the Graphs menu (1) in your dashboard, select: Temperature, Humidity and Pressure (2).
Now just switch to the daily view (3), re-size (4) and scroll back to the time of your last migraine and start analyzing the data.
The idea here is that you are looking for a pattern. In other words, you can’t tell if pressure really influences your headaches unless your see that a large number of your migraines come in certain amount of time after a sudden change or a spike in air pressure.
If ALL of your migraines follow certain spikes or changes in pressure, it most likely means that air pressure is THE trigger for you.
But this is very unlikely…
However, if you find a connection to some of you migraines, but some of them don’t follow this pattern, this means that you have other migraine causes that you might not know about. And that’s ok, I will teach you how to find them and get rid of them.
On the other hand, if there are similar spikes or pressure changes that don’t cause a migraine, then you are in luck. What this basically means is that there are conditions in which your air pressure doesn’t trigger your headaches, and that is great news.
The Weather Conditions and Barometric Pressure Solution
In 99.9% of the cases, one migraine trigger alone is not enough to start a headache.
And the reason for this is that triggers are highly reliant on the conditions you are in.
For example, let’s say that sugars and sweets are one of your main migraine triggers – the kind that almost certainly make you suffer 30 minutes to 4 hours after eating them. Did you ever try taking them immediately after an intense workout? And how did that make you feel?
Well… if the workout was intense and energy depleting, the sugar would have had a totally different effect on your body and you most certainly wouldn’t have had a migraine.
Because your body was in a totally different starting condition!
So even if all of these weather elements seem so uncontrollable, you can actually don’t have to worry about them.
You can just make sure that your body is in the proper conditions ALL of the time and these so called triggers won’t be enough to ignite your migraines.
So how do you do that?
You discover the entire migraine blueprint. You find out the root causes of your migraine pain and you attack them from every direction possible.
Then, you learn to master you migraines through a proper diet and healthy lifestyle and you never EVER worry about another migraine ruining your day.