Aches and Pains Alert
Weather related migraine treatment starts with prevention in creative ways. Action must start as soon as you hear your meteorologist say the words, “aches and pains alert”. Or your body will become the forecast teller. We must be inventive and resourceful because we can’t control the weather.
We can only manage things within ourselves and if we do that we can have a better chance of keeping ourselves in the game. So if you hear the warnings of an aches and pains alert, know there are some things you can do to better your chances of getting through. This starts with some daily choices.
Weather Related Triggers and Tips for Surviving Them
- Storms: Some see these as good reading weather, but to the migraine sufferer more is brewing than a story.
- Barometric Pressure: Pressure changes are a very common migraine trigger. Check out this app which allows you to have the updated weather details at your fingertips. (More information below.)
- Sun Glare: A beautiful sunny day takes on a whole new meaning if you suffer from migraines. This does not mean migraine sufferers cannot be sun lovers too. It just means there are times when that bright light is more of a curse than a blessing. It is an excuse for you to buy a fantastic pair of sunglasses!
- High Winds: It is amazing what triggers a migraine! If this gets you, take cover as best you can.
- Extreme Cold: Bundling up becomes a necessity in a whole new way. Time to invest in a serious hat and scarf if you like. Keeping your head and ears warm can make a huge difference.
- Overheating: Those sunny days bring more than a bright light. Heat can play into a migraine as well. Keeping cool with clothing, shade, and if needed retreating indoors could ward off an attack. Hydration is key as well.
If weather is a trigger for you, maybe your meteorologist will be in your migraine toolkit. Keep an eye on the weather. Don’t let it become something you obsess or stress about. Instead, let the awareness empower you to do more to manage your care. This gives you more hope in these times. Get updates on your phone, check the weather, or even try the apps below.
These are options. You will have to decide what is best for you.
The Barometric Pressure App as mentioned above tracks barometric pressure and weather conditions. You can use this as an app or download it as a chrome extension.
Weather-X Forecast is an app connected to their earplugs. The earplugs are designed to help with pressure changes. Even if the ear plugs do not provide relief, the app provides a barometric forecast of the next 7 days. This could be very helpful.
Steps to Manage Other Triggers and Prevent Compounding Them
- Compounding triggers can lead to an attack that is severe or hard to manage. Try to prevent other triggers from striking. This can include food, lack of sleep, and if possible limiting stress for some examples. Make sure you eat well and have snacks on hand. Sudden dips in blood sugar or skipping meals can be a migraine trigger for some. Irregular sleep patterns is a very common migraine trigger as well.
- In addition to these, stress can play a huge role in your migraine health. However, it is understandable that life throws a lot at us. Don’t beat yourself up though. Life can get in the way and no one is at fault. There are just times when we do our best and the triggers add up. Then we have to focus on the weather related migraine treatment and any other treatment needs as well.
- Check In with Your People: This includes family and those you work with if needed. Your family can support you if you do begin to suffer from a migraine. They can help support you if you need to rest or fill up on supplies.
- Include communicating with your coworkers: They can better understand if you have any changes due to the weather. Through understanding comes compassion and this will allow you to have a better chance of weathering the storm so to speak. These are your people too.
Must Have List
Find what fits your needs here and keep those things handy. Prevention and being prepared are your best defense. Taking any added stress away by having these things will help as well.
- Sunglasses for sun glare and any brightness that is migraine triggering
- Medicines stocked up in case of an attack. It is always better to take these right away instead of waiting. In my experience waiting only increases the pain and lessens the chance of the medication actually working.
- Hot/cold packs are great for pain relief
- Snacks: Prevent another trigger from compounding into a big migraine if possible
- Hat for cold weather
- Water bottle to stay hydrated at all times (Be especially conscious when in the heat.)
Weather Related Migraine Treatment: Reality
The bottom line is you can do your best, but you don’t control everything. So do all you can and give yourself grace. Know that if you are on top of your care, you have done what you can and “this too shall pass”. Depending on where you live the weather can change quickly or you may have adapted to some of the conditions.
Migraine life holds its challenges, but the seasoned sufferer will gather their own bag of tricks. This can take time, but pay off in the long run. If you are new to this illness know you are not alone and there are some things you can do. We are in this together friends and here at migraineroad this migraine life is one of community and hope.
You can also read about other migraine triggers in my article here.
Check out this recent article I was interviewed in with Self Magazine. Read it here.
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