Saturday, March 28, 2009

Help for Weather Related Headache

Widespread rain and pending storms commonly produce headaches, and can trigger migraines. Knowing if you are prone to weather related headaches is the first step for managing a painful headache associated with changes in the barometer.

Studies do support findings that many an emergency room visit is the result of a weather related headache. Many people can attest to the fact that headaches triggered by weather changes are very real.

A large study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, published in the March issue of Neurology, revealed that air temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, fine particulate matter, black carbon, and nitrogen and sulfur dioxides could predict the incidence of emergency room visits related to headache.

The first step is awareness that changes in the barometer triggers your headache. Keep a record of your headache patterns to share with your doctor, and develop a plan to avert headaches from weather changes with the right medication.

Ibuprofen is an excellent choice to quell a weather related headache, provided there are no contraindications. Keep some on hand, especially when you know the weather is about to change. It is best to take an over-the-counter headache remedy before a weather related headache strikes.

Muscle tension can also cause weather related headaches, from the mere fact that running errands, commuting to and from work, and staying indoors in the rain is stressful.

Exercise, combined with gentle stretching, and deep breathing can help relieve and prevent weather related headaches.

Again, speak with your doctor if you are not certain about the cause of your headache, but know that weather-related headaches and migraines are common.

Below is a helpful video that can help you manage migraines or headache related to changes in the weather and barometric pressure, using self-massage.

You can also consider a combination of white willow, boswellia, and lobelia from mother nature to ease pain and reduce stomach upset from aspirin or ibuprofen for weather related headache relief. ◦