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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  • Cindi
    6 years ago

    I live up the coast from you in Virginia… your weather becomes mine in most cases, including this one. UGH. If I didn’t feel wretched I felt like I was about to feel wretched. I’ve had migraines for most of my life, but they’ve been chronic the past five years. All these weather changes just rip into me. “I feel your pain” has a whole new meaning!

  • kathykathy
    6 years ago

    It’s summer in sydney and that means 35-45C days followed by afternoon storms. This summer has been very unstable and I seem to have felt every storm comming. I joke and say I’m the human barrometer but it is frustrating. We are still having the hot weather and it’s easter.

  • aellis
    6 years ago

    I live in SW New Mexico at about 6700 ft. I do not know if it is the altitude or the low humidity or what, but the weather (especially changes in barometric pressure) triggers much more frequent and severe migraines than when I lived in east Tennessee. I talk with close friends and family about migraines. But quite frankly, after 28 years of migraines, I have gotten very tired of thinking about, talking about, and explaining about migraines to people who have no clue what it is like to have one. :/

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi aellis,

    I know exactly what you mean. After having migraine for so very long, it does get a bit “old” discussing it all the time. Sometimes you get a look from people who’ve never had a migraine or headache before, as if to say “it can’t possibly hurt that much.” This really doesn’t make us want to chat about it all the time, does it?

  • mrst53
    6 years ago

    I live in the valley of VA and the weather all winter has been up and down. First warm and then cold. Rain and then sunshine. I can tell when we are going to get rain or snow, because I get a migraine. Maybe, I shouldn’t move to GA either- 🙁

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi mrst53,

    Making a move solely for migraine prevention is a very personal decision and may not be for everyone. One of the reasons is that any treatment, medication or move that works for one person may not work for another. Because migraine impacts us each so differently, it’s hard to put a “one size fits all” label on us and treat us all alike. 🙁

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