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  • By nikkig127

    Does anyone else get barometric pressure migraines? I live in Phoenix and it’s currently monsoon season, which means migraine season. I don’t understand a lot about barometric pressure, but I know that in my weather app, any time it says 30 or below next to “Pressure”…I’m pretty much guaranteed to have a headache for days.

    Nothing really helps with these either. The only time I get any relief is when I sneeze. Is that weird? I love sneezing! The pain goes away for about 2-3 minutes after a sneeze. The pain radiates from the front of my face, up and over the top of my head, to the back of my neck and all the way down my back…all on one side. Massage helps some, but I’ll rub myself raw before it actually makes a noticeable dent.

    Anyone else have this problem with weather changes?

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  • By GardensatNight

    Yes and it makes fall-winter-spring suck because every single cold front is guaranteed to give me a migraine. I can control what I put in my mouth, wear earplugs, keep the lights off, etc, but I can’t avoid air.

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  • By bubbalini

    It’s my biggest trigger. I live in the NYC area and it is supposedly one of the worst cities when it comes to average days per year with significant barometric pressure changes. I heard Honolulu has 0 days on average!

    Sorry I’m no help but I can relate. Sometimes I seriously consider moving my whole family to a city where the weather isn’t as volatile but then I worry that something else will just end up triggering my migraines.

    Also, I have never experienced (or noticed) sneezing helping but I’m glad something works for you at least for a few minutes!

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  • By Chen

    Anyone familiar with the app MigrainX? The idea there is that a barometric change above a certain threshold causes migraines. From what people write here it can be triggered by low barometric pressure. Would like to know more about it. I ordered the earplugs they sell. Did anyone try it?

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  • By sysad

    I downloded the app. It started out working very well, at 7 in the morning it was giving me a good heads up about the day. after about two weeks, same “weather is clear and the barometer is rising”. every day, even during a full blown thunderstorm. Shame, it had possibilities. I keep it, hoping for an update to fix it, nothing so far. Haven’t tried the earplugs.

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  • By Bigpinkbow

    I live in Missouri and the barometric pressure changes here are bad. I am on day 9 of a bad episode and the Dr. Is admitting me for I.v. therapy for a few days. Hard to do as a single mom. I know it will help. I have done it before. I just keep hoping it will go away. But at what point do I admit defeat?

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  • By nikkig127

    I’ll give the app a try. I’d like to learn more about the earplugs. Generally, earplugs make my migraines worse though. I’m on day 3 of a migraine…I’m over. I’m sorry you’re day 9 Bigpinkbow! That’s horrible! I guess the pressure changes are bad everywhere… except Hawaii? Maybe we should start a migraine sufferers resort there…or just…any resort will do. It is Hawaii after all…

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  • By Ughhhh

    Yes, I watch my weather and MigraineX app, my issues are connected to the weather, I just can’t figure out exactly the pattern. for instance this past week the barometric pressure changes were no alerts in migraineX, yet we have had crazy weather all week from bright sun to minutes later dark rain and thunder/lightening storms interspersed all week. Minutes later it will be sunny out again. I have had some of my worst headache in a long time this week. So according to app no severe barometric changes, yet the weather is changing by the hour from all extremes possible, I don’t know I’m baffled by it. The weather ap for Colorado can’t keep up with what’s going on either, you look one minute it says the sun you look five minutes later it changed it’s mind and decided it’s going to rain. I can tell what it’s going to do regardless of what either app says bc I can feel it all in my head!

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  • By Chen

    OOOHHH! I experience the same.
    The weather is crazy in London and now I am in the north of Scotland and it started the same.
    I plan to move to the states with the hope that I will find some relief. But reading this is not encouraging.
    I lived many years ago in Princeton NJ for 4 years. The migraines disappeared after several months and reappeared when I went back to Israel. I was hoping to experience the same, but the world and the weather have changed since then.
    Yes also for me the MIgraneX doesn’t show what I experience. I wait to get the earplugs and see whether they will help.

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  • By maias

    Absolutely. I lived at 6k feet altitude and had to move to sea level at the height of my migraine epoch. Now that I’m post menopausal and pretty much pain free most days, I will still get migraines from sudden changes in barometer, or long airplane rides, or even full moons. Spring is hardest with the coming and going of storms.

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  • By Goaway

    maisas Where did you move from and to? I’m seriously considering moving, just don’t want them to get worse. They’re already bad. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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  • By Luna

    I bought a Oregon Scientific weather station that shows me in digital readout what the barometric pressure is. It gives humidity and temp also. Plus with a remote sensor it gives temp and humidity for outdoors or where ever the sensor is placed. My other weather station just has an arrow for to show pressure changes and isn’t as helpful. Sometimes my body can feel the weather changes before the sensors pick it up. A friend of mine is the same way. I used MIgraneX years ago but it wasn’t very helpful that is when I bought the weather station with the digital readout.

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  • By Marenator2000

    I have had migraines for 20+ years. I had a benign Meckel’s Cave Schwannoma. But since the surgery, headaches/migraines have gotten worse. I’ve tried at least 12 medications, infusions, another surgery, Botox and 2 different migraine prevention injections without relief. I live in the Midwest and the weather has a severe impact on my headaches. Currently because it’s winter, the constant temperature change is really making me miserable. Per a website I have reviewed, my state has over 140 days of rain per year. When it rains, my migraines are extreme. Really, all year long I have some reaction to weather here that gives me headaches. Over the past year I’ve looked online for people who have had issues with changing barometric pressure. My question is has anyone thought about moving to deal with these issues? I am single, no kids. My brother lives in California. My mom still lives about 2 hours from me here in the Midwest. But she supports whatever I do to get some relief. I’ve read that places in California have minimal pressure change. I’ve vacationed several times in California and I find that my headaches either aren’t as bad or I don’t have to use any migraine injections or pills. As it stands now, I am in pain almost every day, I can’t do much because it ruins plans, any workouts I planned on doing, etc. I am miserable at work. It’s very hard to put up with. I just want to know if anyone has moved to the west or the state of California and had better results or better pain control because of the stable weather. I am also going to try TX360 SPG blocks my neurologist suggested. But if those don’t work, I am about ready to get out of this state and try to live a better pain controlled life.

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    • By Marci Kallick Moderator

      Hi @marenator2000
      I’m so sorry you’re experiencing this…and you are not alone, as you can see by all these comments.
      I, myself, struggle with migraine/headache/sinus issues due to the barometric pressure. Here in Pennsylvania we celebrate 4 seasons…and the weather has gone back and forth with extreme shifts in temps the past year. I haven’t known anyone to move for relief from the pressure causing migraine/headache/sinus symptoms, but I can tell you that so many of my family and friends complain about this very same issue! You may find the below article helpful, as it not only reiterates what we all experience from weather related migraine attacks, but also offers taking proactive steps to reduce the severity (just as we would from any other migraine trigger).
      https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-triggers-weather-changes/
      Hope this helps! ~ Marci (Migraine.com)

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    • By Colorado4Now

      I have tried every medicine, both preventive and abortive, including the new kids on the block: Emgalitiy and Aimovig. Nothing has reduced the frequency or intensity of my migraines. I spend about 50% of my days with such debilitating migraines I can barely take care of myself. We live in Colorado Springs and the only months without constant (and I mean almost minute by minute) barometric pressure changes are July and August. My head can attest to that. My husband has the opportunity to retire at the end of 2019. We had originally planned to retire right here, but are now contemplating a move to somewhere my migraines might be reduced even just a little bit. We really don’t want to go the AZ route. We can’t afford CA. We are looking into southern coastal FL where I’ve been monitoring the pressure. It seems like there are about 9 months of pretty steady pressure around the Ft. Myers area, with another 3 months where there are fluctuations (but near as huge of fluctuations as in CO). Has anyone had any experience in the sub tropical climate of southern FL?

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  • By glassmind

    Accuweather.com offers a migraine forecast. Can’t change the weather, but at least can prepare.

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    • By Marci Kallick Moderator

      @glassmind
      This is fabulous! Thank you for sharing with the group 🙂
      ~Marci (Migraine.come)

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  • By Kateaux

    Oh, yes! I live in Deep South and barometric pressure has been a lifelong trigger for me. In the past few years, we have experienced more weather extremes with tornadoes in winter. We are plagued with low pressure AND high humidity here in the tropics. When we are in Paris, my headaches drop significantly. Mississippi = Migraine Alley.

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    • By Marci Kallick Moderator

      Hi Kateaux @15es9m6,
      Thank you for sharing your experience with weather related triggered migraine symptoms. It is definitely one of my main triggers for both sinus and migraine symptoms living in Philadelphia, PA. It sounds like Mississippi has been awful for you! I recommend going back to Paris…and take me with you! Haha. 🙂 ~Marci (Migraine.com)

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  • By Marenator2000

    I have the same issue with barometric pressure changes. And when it’s going to rain or it rains, it’s the worst type of hell.
    My brother and I did some research a while ago re: best and worst places to live with barometric pressure changes.
    https://www.securevideo.com/blog/2016/03/18/global-barometric-variation-annual-maps-and-monthly-raw-data
    This is a website that was created several years ago. There are maps but also a spreadsheet that breaks down areas in the world with barometric pressure changes. It’s interesting and it makes sense. Apparently Honolulu is the best place to live due to minimal changes. Then LA, San Diego and places in that area are good along with some areas in Florida. I wouldn’t be able to handle the humidity in FL. So I’d be looking in Cali.
    I’ve tried Aimovig and I am on Ajovy right now. I am also getting TX360 SPG blocks. I don’t see a difference at this time yet. I will be seeing a sinus expert along with a headache expert in the next month and a half to see if there is anything else I can do. But I was told by the neurologist that this is a bad state for weather and allergies, which is not a surprise.

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  • By Colorado4Now

    Thanks for the information and the links. From what I see on the maps and spreadsheet at the website you sent, southern FL has some great rankings, especially compared to CO. I am a little worried about the humidity in FL, too, but plan on a short trip there in June to see how it goes for me. I’ll be spending 3 weeks there at the height of the heat and humidity. It’s just such a life changing move I want all the information I can get before we decide. Re: your meds; did you have any luck with Aimovig? I found it made my migraines worse. Now I’ve been on Emgality for 2 months and still have not gotten any better. The injections don’t help either. I see a migraine specialist in Greenwood Village, CO. She is wonderful, but we just haven’t found anything much that works for me. One last question; where do you live currently?

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