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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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