Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Migraines and The Weather

Yosef MeystelOne of Chicagoan’s favorite things to say is “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it’ll change.” Yosef Meystel knows that we've been experiencing it all week. Hot and humid in the morning, a shower in the mid-day and now warm, but cooler than before, temperatures.
But did you know that some people who experience migraines are triggered by the change of the weather. A study found that the temperature change was actually the culprit about a fifth of the time, and this association was more obvious on colder days than warmer days.
“Our study provides evidence of a link between the perception of temperature sensitivity and headache incidence in migraine patients,” study author Shuu-Jiun Wang, MD, of Taipei Veterans Hospital in Taiwan, says in a news release.
The study also found that the weather change more commonly triggered headaches than moderate to severe headaches. It’s important to know your migraine triggers and to prepare for them. With the weather it’s harder to predict and prepare, so it’s best to have your migraine medicine on hand. If the sun triggers your migraines, wear sunglasses, hats, drink lots of water and try to avoid outdoor activities if you have a headache.

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