CLEVELAND CLINIC – If you’ve suffered from migraines this summer, you are not alone. A Cleveland Clinic headache specialist said the weather could be to blame.
“The weather changes, be it extreme heat or extreme cold, are typical triggers for migraines,” explains Dr. Emad Estemalik. “Another change that we usually see is a sudden change in air pressure. So if you suddenly go from 90 degrees to 70 degrees or vice versa, this in itself can also trigger a migraine. “
Dr. Estemalik said the reason for this is because the sudden change in pressure can upset the sinuses in your head.
So what can you do to prevent migraines? He said the key is to determine what is triggering it. It can’t always be weather related. In some cases, it could be due to hormones, stress, or even what you are eating.
Various options are available for treatment.
The first step is to see a doctor if you haven’t already. Dr. Estemalik said you’d be surprised how many people suffer in silence.
“We have data that shows that many patients actually live with migraines for many, many years before they finally see a doctor. And when they do they usually say that it has had a huge impact on my life for many years and I’ve never taken it seriously or I always thought it was a sinus headache and I didn’t make much of it, ”he said.
Dr. Estemalik said dehydration can play a role in migraines too, so make sure you drink plenty of water this summer.