migraines linked to bad weather?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by dani78xo, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. dani78xo

    dani78xo New Member

    okay, so i've realized a few things these past few weeks,
    and i have a question.

    first off, i've noticed that i no longer have the horrible and debilitating migraines that i had ever since january, and they've now reduced to mere daily headaches (i can totally deal with headaches. easy, compared to migraines).

    however, i am having little bouts of recurring migraines. and i've now linked them to the humidity. earlier in the year, i was having them all the time, for no reason at all. it wasn't humid or anything out, and it wasn't too dry. i never found out why i was having them, and i never found any relief.

    now, though, i don't have them as often as i used to (still way more than i should) but i'm still stumped by what causes them.

    my question is, do people who experience migraines like this (having to do with the weather or climate) typically have bad ones in the winter, too? or mainly in the summer when it's so humid?

    i live in mass, so during the winter it's just snow. no humidity, unless it's raining.

    i know that both stress and humidity/bad weather gives me excruciating migraines (i've had a horrible migraine for the past week, then i wake up today and it's sunny. migraines decreased ALOT.)

    and considering i haven't had FM for very long, i'm not sure what to expect. but i'm determined to get back in school full time this year, and i know i can if i can just figure out these migraines. better yet, if i don't get migraines in the winter i'll be in heaven =].

    feedback would be amazing.

  2. jake123

    jake123 New Member

    I get headaches when the barometric pressure goes down or a storm is coming. I should have been a meteorologist. I also have my right thumb that aches when a storm is coming!

    If possible, get checked out by a neurologist. I did and he is the doctor who does my meds for migraine. When I get a migraine, even a 3 or a 4, my whole body aches, joints and muscles.

    I hope you do go to school. Do what I do, if I get one, sometimes I go shopping==just fly in the face of it! I even try clothes on. I always buy something. Then I go to the food court and drink ice tea and eat a sandwich and try to relax. Sometimes it goes away. Maybe you can do this too!
  3. dani78xo

    dani78xo New Member

    yeah, i've been to a few neurologists and all of them have been stumped. the only thing that made a dent in the migraines was the neurontin, but i stopped it because i gained 30 lbs in under two months.

    other than that, nothing's helped, and luckily my migraines have gotten alot less severe--EXCEPT on days that are rainy or overcast, when, as you said, the barometric pressure changes.

    i'm going back to the neuro soon to see about other preventatives, and if i can tolerate any of them. most of what i've tried has given me horrible reactions.

    sometimes i do feel like jumping in the face of the migraines, but, ironically enough, they exacerbate my FM times ten, to where i can barely get out of bed, let alone go shopping.

    i haven't been to a mall in months. actually, almost a year. and while the fm is better than it was, the migraine makes it nearly impossible.

    i'm glad someone else has noticed this, too, though. my therapist also said he thought that alot of people with migraines were affected by the weather.

  4. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    ...have always affected mine, no matter what time of year. I take Maxalt for mine and it is a wonder drug for me, but everyone is different.

    I get fewer migraines now that I'm through menopause---one GOOD side effect...

    Hope you feel better!
  5. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    I spent a good 30 years of my life suffering from horrible migraines, ever since puberty started until my hysterectomy.

    Here's a few of my triggers....barometric pressure as everyone has mentioned.

    Premenstrual, menstrual and post menstrual (in my 30's mostly which means hormonal)

    Heat.....hot weather with no air conditioning which leads to.....

    Moisture in the house...if the house was dry, I'm sure to get a migraine (even now, but bearable)

    I have to have a humidifyer in the winter months or I can't breath and I get migraines constantly. Keep a look out this winter for yours. I need that amount of dampness in the house or I'm sure to get a doozy!

    Sometimes in summer it's the same thing...the air conditioned air sucks out all the moisture in the house.

    Some of these are easy fixes and I hope they can help you in some way.

    I was never one to notice food triggers for migraines although some people have them.

    Good luck,

    Nancy B.

  6. from my own experience,i know that when it thunders,i have a migraine headache come on about a hour before i even know its thundering.

    about a week ago,i had a migraine that was so intense,and i said to my husband,if i didnt know better,id say thunder is on the way.

    then a hour later a severe thunder storm came over my town.the migraine went away a hour after the storm had gone away.

    the migraine came back a few hours later,and sure enough another thunder storm came over my town.isnt it a strange illness.

    kind regards
  7. dani78xo

    dani78xo New Member


    if it's too dry, that brings on the migraines too? it doesn't seem to matter if i'm inside or outside, if there's a storm coming, or it's just an overcast day, i get a migraine.

    i've never noticed any real triggers up until recently when i found out it was the storms causing my migraines to suddenly pop up again.

    i didn't have one for a few weeks straight - i was SO relieved! that's when we had pure 100 degree weather for a few weeks. it felt amazing, i'd almost forgotten what it was like to NOT have a migraine.

    sometimes i feel like we have extra senses that we shouldn't. I seem to hear things that other people wouldn't (oversensitive hearing, now.) And now this barometric pressure thing. I know when it's going to be a rainy day because my migraine is that much worse.

  8. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    For me it does bring on a migraine...if the air in the house is too dry, either from the heat being on or the air conditioners sucking the moisture out.

    I still keep a small squeeze bottle of Saline Nasal Spray beside me for when the weather's dry. I usually get a warning that it's a bit hard to breath before the headache hits completely.

    You can also start writing down when your migraines hit, time of day, weather, what you're doing/eating, what time of the month, etc...to see if you can help find your triggers.


    Nancy B.
  9. rachel432

    rachel432 New Member

    i get muscle contraction headaches, not classic migraines, but they always intansify if it's going to rain. it's a pattern i noticed a few years ago. unfotunatly that means that going into the fall with all the rain that brings is not a good time of year for me. but i was started on topamax and neurontin about 2yrs ago and although it didn't get rid of the headaches it did decrease how bad they get. i no longer wind up in bed on a daily basis.
  10. jake123

    jake123 New Member

    The preventive is the way to go. Doing pain meds after wastes a day or two and I hate that. My psychistrist was the first to start me on Topamax.
    I was going to a TMJ specialist and he wanted me to see this neurologist so I went. It was this neuro. who tweaked all my meds to where they are today. Topamax, Relpax, Phenergan, Skelaxin, Nortryptiline, Indomethicin. I'm sure my dosages wouldn't be the same for you. I can use different combinations of the Phen., Skel., Indo., and Relpax to approach the headache. I'm getting better at it.
    I certainly have really rough migraines that have sent me to the ER, once the school nurse drove me there.
    But with these meds, the headaches are staying more in the 5 and below headaches. The trick is not to ignore them when they do come on.
  11. Redwillow

    Redwillow New Member

    Hi Danielle If I do any work with my upper body that makes my shoulder and neck muscles stiff I can trigger a migraine. I explained this to my rheumatologist because my GP said that if the headache started in my neck it wasn't a migraine (so he wouldn't treat me, just told me too RELAX!). The rheumy said that headaches starting in my neck are called cervicogenic headaches, meaning they start in my neck which triggers a migraine! Seemed technical to me but basically if I aggrevate the muscles in my neck, back and shoulders the muscles spasms cause a migraine.

    I also get migraines with thunderstorms or a big drop in temperature in the winter when a snow storm comes as well. The humidity really bothers me and I become extremely ill, sweat like crazy and become nauseous and headachy.

    Another trigger for me is the middle of my menstral cycle. I guess it is a change in the hormone levels.

    My migraines got so bad a year ago (often 2-3 days a week) that I gave in and allowed my doctor to put me on amitriptyline. This has helped me with my sleep, thank goodness and cut my migraines down a lot. So I guess another trigger is lack of sleep.....

    The bad part is the extra 30 pounds I gained with the amitriptyline so it is a viscous circle.

    hugs Marion (Redwillow)
    [This Message was Edited on 09/02/2006]
  12. mezombie

    mezombie Member

    I've been getting chronic migraines since I came down with CFIDS (and yes, the barometric pressure changes make them more likely and worse).

    I went through all the migraine meds available. Either they didn't have an impact anymore, or the side-effects were too bad. I took Imitrex for years, until I developed heart-attack-like symptoms shortly after taking the injections.

    I seriously hope you don't go back to having chronic migraines, but did want to pass on that Botox injections, given by a knowledgable neurologist, have left me migraine-free for up to 8 months at a time!
  13. dani78xo

    dani78xo New Member

    thank you =].
    your suggestions are very helpful.

    i've tried about 20 different medications for migraines, including topamax and neurontin. the neurontin made my migraines go almost completely away, but i gained 30+ lbs in a month and a half. And the topamax made me horribly sick for days and INTENSIFIED my migraines to the point where i felt like i was dying.

    i've tried topamax, relpax, nortriptyline, and phenergan, all of which made my migraines worse, and added horrible side effects.

    yeah, i've tried nortriptyline, which is really similar to amitriptyline, and i've heard has less side effects. it made me gain weight, so i didn't want to try amitriptyline.

    ohh i hope the snow storms don't give me migraines as well. i don't think i'd be able to handle it. but judging by how not cold winter was last year, it'll probably just rain straight the entire time. what luck.

    what exactly do they do with botox injections? i've heard about them used for treating migraines, but i've been extremely skeptical, because just the thought of putting that stuff in my skin is nauseating.

    and from what i've heard, botox messes your whole skin up and it bunches all together or something...did this ever happen to you?

    and do they hurt? i hate (with a capital hate) needles. i can barely stand regular shots, especially now with the FM.

  14. mezombie

    mezombie Member

    I was extremely skeptical when my Doc first mentioned Botox as a possibility. Like you, the idea of injecting a toxin into my body was abhorrent to me. However, I was in such extreme pain for such an extended period of time that I let him do it.

    For migraines and muscle pain, the injections are not at all similar to what a dermatologist would do for cosmetic reasons. I'm injected at trigger points in the muscles that affect the cranial nerves, from shoulder muscles, to neck muscles, and at my temples (I think).

    I've had no skin problems with this technique, expect mild swelling sometimes at an injection site.

    My doc explained to me the amount of botulism toxin it would take to poison someone, and how minute the total amount he was using was. He also was very up-to-date on the research, and is a pain specialist. I would be very careful about who you go to if you go this route. Definitely go to a neurologist, but also make sure he's done this many times before. Mine had.

    As to the needles, they are really tiny, and the pain is very brief because not much is injected.

    Hope this helps.

    [This Message was Edited on 09/02/2006]
  15. jake123

    jake123 New Member

    except for the cost. My neuro said it would cost $600 for the botox and $700 for him to administer the shots and it would take about 500 shots and an hour to do it in and it would only be good for about three months. I would endure it all except for the $$. We want to buy a new house soon.
  16. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    I tried Topamax preventative too, but there are side effects. I prefer the "here and now" approach with my Imitrex. You can get those as injectables or tablets once you have migraines diagnosed.

    There doesn't seem to be any rime and reason when I get them, although air pressure sure does "wonders" to trigger one (rain coming in).
    I wa diagnosed with migraines at age 3 (gee, poor child! I have repressed memories of those attacks, thank God).
  17. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Hon...at this point in your life, you might want to look into the botox injections. Do some research, talk it over with your Mom and doc and see what your insurance covers.

    You had such a rough year last year and it would be wonderful to have the migraines go away so you could concentrate on other things in your life.

    You're just too young to be laid up for so much of the year....I'd love to see (or picture it) you out doing normal things. That'd make my day!


    Nancy B.
  18. mezombie

    mezombie Member

    It takes about 15-20 minutes of my doctor's time and 8-10 injections of Botox. Most of the cost (both the Botox and my doc's time) was covered by my Medicare. I forgot what my share was, but it was very reasonable and definitely no more expensive than the cost of Imitrex or other migraine meds I would have had to take over several months.

    Botox can be purchased on your own with a prescription. Check to see if your insurance plan covers it. Some of the Medicare Part D prescription plans even do.
    [This Message was Edited on 09/03/2006]
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