Migraine in the South
While migraines are extremely unpleasant wherever you may live, having them in the South can be an evil all on its own. The symptoms and triggers of migraines are in abundance in most southern states. Once you already have a really bad migraine, it is pretty much impossible to leave the house without making the migraine even worse due to the conditions outside. There are so many things that can make a migraine worse when it comes to the heat of the Southern states.
In South Texas, we pretty much have absolutely no winter. We are lucky to have ‘cold’ weather for a month and then it is back to being in the warm weather. Granted everyone is different and has their own set of triggers but for me, the cold is less aggravating to my head. Just unfortunately, we do not have many cold days or even cooler days.
Brightness of the sun
The sun is pretty much relentless here. I have a ton of polarized sunglasses for when I have to go outside. It is so bright that the blackout curtains were not doing their job to keep the sun out. In order to fix this issue, my husband purchased Fomular Insulating Sheathing R-30 ½ inch sheets. It is not like the insulation inside your walls, its more like a foam cardboard. He cut the sheets and placed them in each window behind the blinds to keep the sun out. An additional bonus is that it also helps keeps some of the heat out too. Now I do not have an issue keeping any room dark enough. So at least indoors I can hide from the brightness of the sun pretty easily. Although, it is still difficult to go outside when you have a migraine already present and the sun can easily add to a bad migraine if you stay outside too long.
The heat in the Southern states is also pretty unrelenting. We are currently having temperatures over 100 degrees every day. The heat can trigger a migraine if you have to be outside in it, especially if you do not stay properly hydrated. If you already have a migraine, having to go outside in the heat can be almost unbearable.
If the triple-digit temperatures were not bad enough, the humidity can be a downright assault on your body. Walking outside feels more like stepping into a sauna. In less than thirty seconds you are almost completely drenched in sweat. The air becomes so thick that it taxes your breathing enough that you become winded doing anything beyond walking to your vehicle.
High temperatures outside most often times translates into hot everything else. Climbing into your vehicle can become tricky especially if you already have a migraine. The temperature inside your car may be well over one hundred thirty degrees when you first open the door. If you are suffering through a migraine already, the extreme heat can add a throbbing or pounding accent to your migraine that makes it not only uncomfortable but also very difficult to drive.
Anybody else dealing with southern weather and migraines?
When it comes to planning vacations or other events where travel is required, how much does migraine factor into your decision-making?