It’s raining. It’s pouring. Your head is abhorring. If you suffer from migraines, you are probably aware that certain things – like some foods, stress, and even the weather – can set off an attack.
In fact, up to half of migraine sufferers say the weather triggers an attack. But what is really going on? Turns out, it may not be the specific weather condition itself, but the change in weather that sets the migraine in motion.
Changes in weather act as a trigger for up to 50% of migraine sufferers.
Cloudy, with a chance of throbbing pain
Experts believe that people who are prone to migraines may have a greater sensitivity to changes or fluctuations in brain chemistry, as well as a lower pain response threshold. This sensitivity is genetic, and likely inherited.
Changes in weather can excite brain cells, causing them to release chemicals that send pain signals to the brainstem, the part of the brain that processes pain. While these fluctuations have little or no effect on most people, for those prone to migraines, it can spark an attack, causing throbbing, aching and other symptoms.
Common weather triggers: