Migraine and Body Temperature Regulation
I’ve always had an odd symptom occurring with my migraine attacks relating to my body temperature. There are times when I would feel hot. This wasn’t like a fever but more like an extended hot flash. Other times I would feel cold and seemed to have a hard time getting my body to feel warm enough. It started me wondering if in fact, this was just another one of those weird migraine symptoms. My curiosity soon led me to the internet of course.
After reading through a few medical research papers and clinical papers my suspicions were confirmed. There were indeed cases of documented temperature variations related to migraine! I was glad to see I was not imagining the hot and cold sensations I was perceiving.
Icepacks for migraineMy body always seems to run hot. I’m one of those people who prefers the cold to hot weather. This is kind of ironic since I live in Florida where the average temperature for me seems to be set on broil especially in the summer months! That aside I do spend most of my time indoors due to migraine. During an attack I frequently reach for my trusty ice packs and head for the darkness of my bedroom. My head feels hot and I can suck the cold out of the icepacks pretty quickly.Now I’ve not actually taken time to record my temperature, but the sensation I feel is definitely one of heat. It’s hard to wrap my head around sometimes, but even though my skin is like ice I’m like a furnace on the inside. In the articles, I read that body temperatures increased with the pain intensity of a migraine attack. The increases noted were about at the level of a low-grade fever. I found this quite interesting.
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