How To Beat A Barometric-Pressure Headache

When The Weather Gives You A Headache

When you wake to a gloomy and overcast morning, do you frequently feel a headache coming on?  If that’s the case, there’s a good chance you’re susceptible to barometric temperature changes – and your day won’t be sunny for more reasons than one.

Scientists suspect the reason we get “weather headaches” is because when there’s a change in barometric pressure blood flow is reduced in our vessels. To compensate, some of our blood vessels contract, while others, like those in our forehead, expand. It’s this expansion that causes the pressure of a headache.

Barometric pressure headaches are frequently mistaken for sinus headaches. That’s because the pain of sinus headaches are also located in our forehead. But if you keep a “headache journal/blog” you’ll be able to figure out the real culprit for your pain. Be sure to mark down changes in humidity and pressure. If you discover that your headache is indeed linked to barometric pressure, here’s what you can do: 

Consider buying a digital barometer to keep track of possible changes which might lead to a barometric pressure headache. Some barometers are made specifically to help people suffering from migraines and is named “digital migraine barometer.” 

Make an appointment with your health care provider and take along your diary to show how your body is reacting to pressure changes. Consider taking an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen before a headache begins to come on. These kinds of OTC medications shrink blood vessels. Be sure to speak with your doctor first.  Increase your magnesium intake.This might help blunt the headaches during this time. It’s currently recommended that headache sufferers take 600-800 mg per day. Some folks find that a walk by a waterfall or river will also help. If you’re not near either, try standing in a warm shower.  Rest in a room with a humidifier, ionizer or air conditioner. All these machines help stabilize the barometric pressure in the surrounding area. Exercise. It may seem counter-intuitive but aerobic exercise raises serotonin and endorphins which may blunt the barometric pressured triggered headache. One caveat: Exercise indoors, preferably in an air-conditioned room.
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