Migraine and weather triggers

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Hi, I suffer from vestibular migraines for almost four years now. It has been rough. I think I may have spotted a pattern with the weather and flare ups. When it goes from cold to mild (I live in the UK)this last month has been extremely going from snow to along weather back to snow and I have got very ill. Just wondering how I can combat this.....I am on meds. Just thinking of something practical I can do. Any advise

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    Hello Emmy

    I live in the UK too , and this weather it's been killing me too...

    Can't go nowhere cause I get so sick and last week I was hospitalized for 4 days cause of my horrible sickness, which is Hemiplegic Migraines with Aura...

    I put the heater day and shut it off at night and try to stay warm, cozy and relax...no stress cause that thriggers it..

    Hope u feel better soon hun🐇🐰🐇

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    Hi Emmy, yes I agree the weather just makes things worse!  All you can do is make sure you have had an MRI scan, make sure the meds actually help, what suits one doesnt suit another. 

    I thought Spring was springing, but it keeps going backwards!

    I like Sandra get HM and have to be hospitalised sometimes, but what has helped me a lot  is 1. Reduced my stress levels, 2. Have Botox every 3 months and 4. Take Flunarizine.

    Hope this helps.

    Let us know how you get on Emmy

    Take care and best wishes

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    i am in the US and weather also triggers the migraines for me.  Usually I take a Rizatriptan on the onset of headache to stop it from becoming a migraine which does work unless it's weather related.....then the Rizatriptan doesn't work as well.  Maybe it's barometer pressure changes.  I wish there was something else to take to get rid of the sinus type pressure especially behind the eyes....that's where my migraines start then goes into the head.  It's very difficult to make plans as I never know when the migraines are going to happen.  Afraid to make travel plans by air.  If we drive by car on a road trip that's okay as if one comes on and meds don't kick in at least we can stop and rest at hotel.  Migraines are no fun!

    i wish you all the best!

    Best wishes from across the pond!


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      Hello Wendy..

      Your right living with this migraines it's horrible because u don't know when u get them..

      I got to fly from England to North Carolina, then to California, then back to North Carolina, then back to England...but I'm very concerned with the pressure in my head and flying...

      But I had this plans before my mayor Hemiplegic Migraine got me two weeks ago paralizing my body, and putting me in the hospital .

      Horrible 🤕🤕🤕🤕

      Hope u feel better soon hun🐾🐇🐾

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      Hi Sandra

      Yes, I remember your recent blog.  I would take a migraine medication like Rizatriptan right before your flight...most important don't stress...just try to relax.  Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and drink fluids on your flight ( no alcohol though ).  I hope you enjoy your visit while here in the US.  

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    Yes, weather is definitely a trigger factor. I've noticed when the seasons transition, it's a problem. The weather can't seem to make up it's mind these days. Since I can't control the weather and migraine is a threshold disease, I pay extra attention to the other triggers such as stress and diet. I also use a neti pot to keep my sinuses clear. Also, I've had vestibular migraine as well. Sodium (salt) is a key trigger. Cut back and add more potassium like bananas and sweet potatoes to keep the salt/potassium ratio balanced. Hope this helps. Be well and hang in there. 

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    Thank you everyone for you reply.

    I didn't get a notification so I though no one had replied lol

    Medication wise I seem to be ok on one and then after six months/year or so it stops working annoyingly it is always once I am used to the highest does I can go up to.

    I am literally at a loss know. Luckily I don't have the level of pain alot of you have....sounds awful but because it causes vertigo it means I can't work, go out or anything.

    Hahaha anyone tried suppliment like B2 at all.

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    I have similar headache, So when there is low atmosphere, change in the weather and even storm coming I will have a headache. I call them my storm headaches only ever get a headache like this one due to weather. If there’s is any advice to help with these I’d love to know 
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    I have suffered with them too. It is very rough. Salt is a key factor for me. There apparently is a relationship between potassium and sodium. Try cutting back or eat a banana when you feel one coming on. Also barometric pressure changes. The seasonal transitions are tough for me. The body likes homeostasis. If the meds aren't working, perhaps try something else. We can't control the weather, but migraine is a threshold disease so we have to focus on what we can control like stress, diet, hormones, etc. 

    Best to you. 

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