Summer Weather Ushers in Dallas Migraines

June 10, 2013

Summer’s arrival in the south is far from serene.  One might say it is a very good reason to consider migraine surgery.  With tornadoes, thunderstorms and rising humidity, sufferers with chronic migraines in Dallas and other Sunbelt and Tornado Alley cities are bracing for a season of pain and misery.  In a recent article, we learned that weather forecasts could help predict when weather changes may trigger headaches and migraines.  Countless migraine and headache sufferers swear that certain weather events trigger their symptoms.  High humidity and big temperature changes are the most common culprits.  It isn’t clear what the cause might be, but one thing is for sure:  if your symptoms are triggered by southern summery weather, you need to take some preventative measures to make it through the season and still be happy. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, changes in barometric pressure and storms are common triggers for migraineurs in Dallas and other cities.  While there isn’t much that you can do to change these natural weather events, taking your preventative medicine as prescribed may ward off attacks, and undergoing migraine surgery could provide lasting relief.  Similarly, triggers like high humidity and hot temperatures are unavoidable, but you can certainly try to stay indoors with air conditioning.  The dangerous combination of high temperature and humidity also increases the likelihood for dehydration, which is another migraine trigger for many sufferers.  

If you suffer with migraines in Dallas or any other town with brutal summer heat, humidity and storms, you might be convinced that your headaches are triggered by weather.  The Mayo Clinic suggests that weather may affect brain chemicals that trigger migraines, but also that weather simply worsens headaches triggered by something else. 

Keeping a migraine journal in which you track weather changes, migraine frequency and severity and other possible triggers will go a long way toward understanding your condition.  It may turn out that your best preventative strategy is to undergo a migraine procedure.  Another option you may consider is relocation to Alaska!


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