I have a question about a particular migraine trigger.

I understand that there are things that you can do to avoid certain triggers, BUT what can possibly be done about weather pattern triggers? I live in south new jersey, close to the ocean. I not sure if my migraines have been gradually getting worse since we moved here 7 years ago or is this pattern of weather just BAD for people like me especially this year. Is there anyone with any kind of good information for me? Thanks, Janis C.


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  • Sunny
    1 year ago

    I’ve noticed that my weather-related migraines start differently from other migraines I have had. With weather migraines, for me, the start is always a feeling of fullness – unbearable fullness inside my head. Then an hour or 2 or 3 later, the migraine starts. I also get this feeling when I travel by plane. It seems connected to changes in barometric pressure.

    I’ve had some success by taking benedryl (diphenhydramine). Non-sedating anti-histamines don’t help me, but the diphenhydramine does so long as I take it as soon as I notice that full feeling inside my head, ie before the migraine starts. I usually stick the pill under my tongue for about a minute, to get it in my system asap. They used to make diphenhydramine in dissolvable strips available otc, but I cant find them any more. Yes, it makes my mouth feel weird and numb, but seems to work for me.

  • Sunny
    1 year ago

    BTW – even though it is available over-the-counter, diphenhydramine is a potent drug, so don’t mix it with other medications, especially drugs that affect serotonin such as antidepressants (ssri’s) or triptans. It’s one of those things you should probably talk about with your doctor first.

  • GardensatNight
    1 year ago

    Weather is the worst trigger for me because there is NOTHING I can do to avoid it. I live in the southwest, so it’s mainly cold fronts and low pressure systems I have to worry about. Sometimes if a low doesn’t bring rain, I am magically okay. But most of the time, I’m toast.

    All I can do is plan to have a migraine that day, and/or try to make sure I do not do anything “extra” that could get me closer to my headache threshold limit. Like I never expose myself to bad foods or light/sound, but the day weather is coming might be one I voluntarily give up things I know hurt but do anyway for short periods (like using my eyes to read text) that day to see if I can avoid the migraine. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    1 year ago

    Thanks so much for your question! Weather can certainly be a challenging trigger to manage and avoid! Here are two articles that you may find helpful to review –

    https://migraine.com/living-migraine/triggered-by-weather-this-medication-may-help/

    https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-triggers-weather-changes/

    Take good care,
    Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

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