As you probably know that drastic changes in the weather condition can cause headaches. Barometric pressure headaches is headaches that you get when the barometric levels change, and often by a big amount. These kinds of pressure headaches is quite common during autumn and summer since the weather changes quite drastically during these times of the year. Sometimes barometric headaches is referred to as “weather headaches” As of today we do not really know why we get these headaches upon changes in weather but we do know what usually triggers them (when I say “we” I mean the research made by doctors, neurologists, scientists etc). Barometric pressure headaches can be a really challenging thing to deal with and is something that can last for days since drastic weather changes during summer and autumn seasons is very common.
Things that could cause a barometric pressure in your body and resulting in a headache are:
- Rise in temperature (high humidity)
- Fall in barometric pressure
- Fast weather changes
- Lowered oxygen level in the blood
It is said that a barometric change can have an effect on your bodys oxygen levels. It might seem logical since the blood vessels might experience a highten level in pressure and therefore cause the blood to reduce it’s blood flow and you won’t have the same amount of oxygen flowing in your body. To compensate the fact that some part of your bodys vessels contract, some other part of your bodys vessels expand, often the vessels in your temple of forehead. The result being a pain in your head –> a headache has been born!
Sometimes a barometric pressure headache is mistaken for a sinus headache. Since sinus headache can also manifest during allergy seasons (such as in the summer), along with a pain located around your forehead and sometimes in the nose (even during a barometric headache) people might think it is their yearly sinus coming. But think twice! It might be a barometric headache. By keeping a “headache journal/blog” of some sort you might just put all the pieces (triggers) together and find out the real lurker!
To treat, well rather “prevent” the barometric headaches to manifest in the first place you can watch the weather forecasts and look for triggers as: changes in humidity, pressure and warmth. You may also buy a digital barometer to keep track of possible changes which might lead to a barometric pressure headache. Some of the barometers is made specifically to prevent people suffering from migraines, often named “digital migraine barometer” and I can image it can be quite a relief to have such a device which can actually help you prevent headaches without taking any medication.