This weekend’s weather in Athens, Georgia was beautiful and wet and intense and, for me and a handful of friends, migraine-inducing. I was, however casually, in charge of our neighborhood association’s party yesterday afternoon and felt fine up until the clouds finally broke open and the rain came pouring down in sheets. It was only then that the switch in the left side of my neck and head seemed to activate. I wasn’t in pain, just acutely aware that the migraine attack had been set in motion.
Sometimes cloudy weather is a trigger shortly before the heavy clouds roll in—the sky can still be mostly blue, but my brain knows that the storm is coming. Other times, the clouds need to be in thick, gray piles before my migraine is triggered. Days like yesterday I found that the rainfall at last triggered the attack, whereas other days the finally-falling rain is what makes me start to feel better. Happily, changes in barometric pressure don’t always trigger my migraines.
There’s been significant talk about the relationship between weather and migraine disease (including some mentions here on Migraine.com), but descriptions of this phenomenon vary wildly among migraineurs. My story shows that the weather’s effect on migraine can vary wildly from attack to attack. Sometimes the shifts in barometric pressure don’t affect me in the least!
If you are someone who’s strongly affected by the weather, tell us about it—when did you first notice your body’s connection to the weather? What do you do to help prevent or soothe weather-related migraine attacks?
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