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What do you take for rain/atmosphere migraines?

  • By GSD

    I’m under the care of a headache specialist (neurologist) and I get alternating 6 week injections of Botox and trigger point injections. They do help, but weather changes are still killing me. I just started a new job and luckily I was off yesterday because I was nailed with a horrible migraine and couldn’t get myself out of bed. They’re expecting “chance of showers” for Monday & Tuesday and I’m petrified I’m going to be like I was yesterday. I was taking Tylenol with codeine every 2.5 to 3 hours from 5 am until around 4 pm then I switched to Maxalt. Nothing helped. My last job was for a small business owner who understood when I couldn’t make it into work because of my head but my new job is for a corporation and they do not tolerate absences. Is there anything that will actually work on these rain/atmosphere migraines? I’ve tried other types of prophylactic meds but could not tolerate the side effects which is why I sought out Botox. I don’t know what to do – I think if the weather doesn’t kill my head, my stress from worrying about it is!

  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    GSD – Diamox is a drug that is sometimes prescribed for weather related Migraines. It is also used for altitude sickness and for those whose Migraines tend to be triggered by air flight. You might ask your doctor if a trial of Diamox might be a possibility for you. I know how it feels to see on the weather report that a front is coming in, knowing I’m going to be miserable, and not have anything to do to prevent it. Diamox doesn’t always help, but it might be worth a try 🙂

  • By Mattman

    Hi, I’m Matt and this is my first time on any blog
    I use Maxalt and alieve. Be careful with the opiates, as they are merely a band aid. If you used them the day before, they may be making the headache worse from rebound effect. Maxalt and Alieve have anti-swelling properties, and treat the cause of the pain as opposed to masking it. I use Tylenol 3 for a bad hip, but it sometimes brings on a headache. Most of my migraines happen during low barometer, I live in Wisconsin, and our weather is always a mixed bag.

  • By carla-fisher

    I live out in west Texas we have so many weather changes it can be very hard to treat a migraine. I have had a migraine often before the weather change occurs. I will be going bizerk trying to figure out why I have a headache. Ellen thank you for mentioning the Diamox I will have to ask about it. When I still worked at a job and had to be at work even though I had a headache from the very pit of Hades itself, I made a few adjustments to my work area such as getting the fluorescent tubes unplugged over my workspace. Dabbing citrus essential oils on my chin and other areas around my space to mask smells. I changed the colors of my computer type to softer colors like pink, lavender, and medium shades of blue. I would loosely insert earplugs to muffle the sound a bit. I don’t know what your job is but maybe I gave you something that will help.I may be mistaken but I think Maxalt is only for treating a migraine as its starting it’s not made to eliminate a headache in progress. Please read all the info sent with your medicine it could save your life. I read it before I take it you cant count on doc or pharmacy to catch interactions especially if you use a mail order and local pharmacy. I caught a deadly interaction myself by reading that stuff before it had a chance to kill me. Best of luck to the new job.

  • By Valerie Crawford

    I get migraines every time the barometric pressure goes up or down…so as you might imagine, I am suffering on a much too regular basis. I read the earlier post about Diamox…I will suggest it to my primary. I have had migraines for over 30 years and have tried so many different things…all to no avail. It is very frustrating and depressing. The blog about going on vacation or having free time..well, my migraines do not allow me to get out of bed 90% of the time. My social, spiritual and every other aspect of life has been affected. Thanks to all my fellow migraineurs for contributing and participating in things like this that offer some interaction with people who understand!

  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Good luck and I wish you well with getting a Diamox trial. *Crossing fingers and toes* it is helpful for you!

  • By Jill

    I get a migraine almost every time the weather changes, especially when it starts raining. I would say 80% of the time.
    I started taking 5htp last year based on reading online how it has helped a lot of people with their migraines and I have to say it has almost been a miracle for me. I was getting migraines at least once a month every month that lasted about a week every time. It was totally messing up my life. Since I started taking 5htp (I take 100 mg a night) I did not get a migraine for about 5 months. right now I am suffering from a migraine because of the rain but I ran out of 5htp about 2 weeks ago and haven’t gotten around to buying more.
    In the past year or so that I have been taking it I have only had like 2 migraines and they weren’t that bad compared to the ones I was getting.
    I tell everyone I know who has migraines to try 5htp. It’s the only thing that has helped me!

  • By Ellen Schnakenberg


    I am so glad you’ve found something helpful! Here is my warning however:

    Not only are there no treatments that work for all patients, but 5HTP can be dangerous for some people. This is one supplement that you should check with your doctor and even be under their supervision before starting. ALWAYS tell your doctor you’re taking it, as it can have serious reactions and side effects. Just because it’s OTC doesn’t mean it’s safe. Or effective.

    Please also be careful stopping medications and supplements. I know it must feel SOOOO good to have so few Migraine attacks, but sometimes stopping a med or supplement can cause big problems, even life threatening ones. Additionally, some patients find that after re-starting something that was helping them, they are no longer getting the response they did before. This is not at all uncommon and should always be taken into serious consideration.

    What does your doctor think of your 5HTP use?


  • By krcookie13

    I take the 2 of the smaller red sudafeds to relieve pressure in my sinuses and depending on the time of day i take an alieve or an ibeprophen. I also drink a lot of hot tea because the heat tends to help but stay away from anything caffeinated and lean towards either sleepyime/herbal/ or a good chamomile. I hope this helps!

  • By psychicjuliana

    I have migraines every single day from discs and vertebrae problems in my neck. When the weather starts changing I am in serious trouble. I was recently introduced to a CBD oil to place on temples it has some sort of a mint undertone, but it has not helped at all unfortunately. I take Imitrex when it’s so bad I can’t stand I and I’m about to throw up. I take Fioricet and Motrin to start.
    I’m not a surgical candidate to repair the vertebrae in my neck. I see one person is saying essential oils help, which ones?
    I’m really st my wits end because I also have 14 vertebrae issue points in my spine and the pain leaves me unable to have any normal life.
    I’m sick of turning on the TV to hear about the Opoid crisis when literally all the drs are terrified of the DEA now and they are not helping with proper pain management. The pain gets so bad it has grown my heart out of I think it was called “Sinus Rhythm “ they thought I was having a heart attsck. Thank God that was negative. But when the hospital treated my pain properly my chest pains stopped and I actually felt better.
    I’m going to read up on the first suggestion and see if that is something I can take, and ask the dr about it.
    If anyone has any other suggestion I would appreciate it, we are supposed to have 7 more days of rain and I’m miserable with just the first 3 we just had!
    Thank you Juliana

  • By angela1127

    I’ve had migraine for about 30 years and have tried everything. I had read that a Specific Chiropractor or Upper Cervical Chiropractic could help migraines so I gave it a try and it worked! I went from having weekly migraines to one every 6-8 weeks. I’m still under his care. They only adjust the top 2 bones or vertebrae in your neck. They are amazing. I stumbled on it doing a migraine search. They aren’t your typical chiropractor and they’re aren’t a lot depending on where you live.

  • By beachbumgirl

    Hi Juliana. I feel for you with all your barometric / weather change migraines. I have had those for years. I live in the Northeast and a good portion of our year is variable weather. Nothing I took seem to make made a permanent change. My head could tell you when the weather was going to get bad.
    Now, over the last 6 months what has made a difference is continuing my Botox every 10 weeks and I began and continued Aimovig 140mg every 30days. Nothing else has helped me over the long term to eliminate migraines. I am thankful I am not having any severe side effects from the medicine and my insurance is finally paying for it.
    It is easier to work with a headache
    Specialist who handles many different types of headaches.
    I hope this info helps.
    Wishing you well.

  • By maa0021

    I live in Tennessee and the Barrometric pressure effects my migraines year round. I to see a migraine specialist for Botox, but they do 15 weeks. I also started Aimovig in July 2018. I notice that my migraines increase when it’s about time for my Botox. I have about 3-4 weeks that it returns to 22-25 migraines. So since on Aimovig I have two 10-12 a month then one 22-25 a month.
    I will have to talk with my insurance about me having my Botox more frequently.
    Do you take any other preventative medications. I take topamax and lisinopril.