Thanks to the spring weather I’ve had a level 10 migraine for 24 hours now that has kept me from blogging or doing much work at all. Spring is definitely my most miserable time of year, fall is also rough.
Until I was 30 I had a migraine essentially every day. Back then I could not assess a difference between seasons because I was in pain every day. Now that my migraines are less frequent I can tell you without hesitation – spring births a load of pain for me.
So today I decided to blog on the only journal article I could find on PubMed regarding barometric pressure and migraine. It’s not as current as the articles I usually discuss (published in 2011), but it’s always nice to hear that someone turned a scientific eye on something that is causing us so much suffering.
This article was published in Internal Medicine by a group in Japan. Twenty-eight migraine patients kept headache diaries for one year. Associations were studied between reported migraines and barometric pressure during the time period two days before and two days after migraine onset.
64% of the patients experienced migraines that were associated with weather. 78% of those patients reported that LOW barometric pressure (atmospheric pressure associated with cloudy, rainy, or snowy weather) was the cause of the headache. A large change in barometric pressure from two days before the headache to two days after the headache was also associated with migraine onset.
This article was not particularly rigorous, but it was a fun read because it’s nice when science backs up how we are feeling. If the weather is making things harder on you – hang in there, you are not alone.