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It’s in the Air

My migraines started in my early teens; short bursts of pain on the right side of my head that caused me to seek shelter in darkened silent rooms, with my head covered up.

Today, nearly 40 years later, I still suffer from migraines, but I have narrowed down most of the triggers, and one is so uncontrollable for me, I can’t help avoid it. There is not a single thing I can do but try to prevent its hold over me: If the weather goes from nice to stormy with a High pressure system to a Low Pressure system, I know for a fact I am going to be in the midst of a migraine.

I try to cut them off, but not always successfully. I suffer more during the months of March through July, without fail. If its going to rain, I can tell up to 48 hours BEFORE it does. The worse the migraine, the worse the storm is going to be. Friends ask me the weather because it is so predictable. I use to take a medication called Maxalt when a migraine would start. For me, it would stop a migraine in ten minutes flat, but my insurance company decided they didn’t want to pay for it for more than 4 pills a month.

My family doctor and I each wrote letters to beg them not to put a restriction on it because it was the only med that worked. They denied it totally at that point. So now I am on Frova, and it helps, but does not end it, I have to supplement it with Excedrin Migraine, and then I am down for up to 2 days at a time.

Another trigger is florescent colored clothing. Reds, Yellows, and Pinks are the worst. Witin five minutes of looking at the color for a second will send me into a migraine that could last for days. I had to ask work to order me regular, non-florescent colored post notes.

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Comments

  • nosirrah
    3 years ago

    Being a human barometer is so much fun, isn’t it… ugh! I feel your pain – literally. I’m in South Carolina, which is home to the “pop up” thunderstorms. Sometimes I can sense them and check the radar and know to take the Imitrex, but most times the storms come on so fast that I don’t have the warning. And those migraines are the worst because of the sudden pressure change. It’s those migraines that I should be using the injection of Imitrex, but I have to work and after the injection I am worthless for a couple hours because of the side effects. And my work is not very good at recognizing my medical needs, but that’s a completely different story.

    I love how chronic migraine is defined by having 15 or more migraines a month, but my insurance will only cover 8 pills a month. So, I have to figure out which migraine gets the Imitrex cocktail (I take it with 3 advil and Reglan, which helps get the meds into bloodstream faster) and which get just the Advil and Norco. So much fun trying to figure it out.

    I had never really thought about florescent colors, but now that y’all mention it – I can say they are a trigger for me. Really, any harsh colors or optical illusions (things that seems like they are moving but aren’t) will trigger for me. I sit at my desk at work wearing a ball cap because of the florescent lights. It helps cut down on the glare from the lights, but nothing gets rid of the hum and the other issues with the lights.

  • GrassRootsMomma
    3 years ago

    I’m in Colorado, where the weather can’t make up its mind from one hour to the next. During the winter, as the barometer plunges and a storm comes in, I’m preparing for the storm before anyone else, because my migraine brain has told me what’s coming. I’m in pain, but it’s livable. If you add lack of sleep or messed up sleep schedule to the mix, I’m hurting. If you add the third of the horrid triumvirate, hormones, I’m in complete misery. Dark rooms and cold cloths, and hoping to get just a little relief from the OTC meds (can’t afford insurance, so can’t afford the doctor visits that would get medication prescribed).

    Now that menopause approaches, I find that the return to our high pressure norms are affecting me as they never have before, and the drops to low pressure aren’t as bad as they used to be. I’m having to learn about my migraines all over again, and am not enjoying it at all!

  • Jodiwadi
    3 years ago

    The weather is the worst for me also.

    I thought I was the only one that couldn’t deal with fluorescent colours! I feel sick as soon as I see evens hint of those tones and it can rapidly spiral into a migraine.

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