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Doctor: Changing weather can trigger migraines

Doctor: Changing weather can trigger migraines
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The air is a little cooler and the leaves are beginning to change, but the change of seasons can be a real headache for some people.

The changing fall weather can produce several headache triggers. Dr. Stewart Tepper, who treats migraine at Cleveland Clinic, said high temperature, high humidity, low temperature, low humidity, or a change in the barometric pressure can cause them.

"Many people think it's their sinuses causing their headaches, when in fact; it's migraine being triggered by changes in the weather," said Tepper.

He said one way to figure out the source of the headaches, is to keep a headache diary. Track the temperature and barometric pressure to see if it coincides with your migraine attack.

If they match up, talk to your doctor to figure out the best way to manage the attacks, since there is no known treatment meant for preventing weather-triggered migraine.

"So, we make sure the patient has really good acute treatment for migraine, meaning they can take a treatment and they're pain-free and most of the time they don't get the headache back. If they have lots of migraines we put them on preventive treatments,"  said Tepper. " No one season, or time of year, is worse than others, because it's changeable weather that triggers the headaches."

 

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