A week of weather-related migraines

The last week of January was pretty rough for migraineurs living in my town. Georgia has always been known for its sometimes-mild, sometimes-chilly (but rarely frigid) winters, but in the global warming year of 2013, it’s getting even crazier. For the first few days of the last week of January, It was T-shirt weather. The air was humid, and the temperatures were in the 70s. The poor, confused plants were blossoming a good two months or more ahead of schedule.

On Wednesday, tornadoes and severe storms ripped through the state in a long, jagged line that left no part of Georgia unaffected. During the day on Wednesday, the rain pounded and we actually had to put the AC on in the bookshop. By nightfall, the temperatures had started to plummet and the sky had cleared.

All this is to say that we Georgia migraineurs were having a pretty rough time of it. Some of my girlfriends complained of a week-long headache that only broke on Thursday. Others’ pain had revved up when the temperatures initially got warm, while others’ health was affected more dramatically once the severe weather had rolled through and cold temperatures took back over.

I’m grateful that I am outspoken enough about migraine that my friends know they can talk to me about this. In January alone, I had casual conversations about migraine with at least 8 friends, all of whom indicated they felt a little less alone after hearing that weather is indeed a trigger for some migraineurs and that several other buddies were in the same boat. The door to conversation reopened due to the weather, and a couple of my friends even told me they were finally ready to look into official migraine care (instead of self-medicating and trying to push through the attacks).

Have you been able to talk about your migraine disease more frequently as time passes? Do weather-related migraines affect you and, if so, have you talked with other migraineur friends about your condition?

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