Meteorological dependence. Can weather change cause headaches?

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Each of us has a friend who claims that he can predict the weather based on joint pain or migraines.
22:24, 2 November 2021

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"Most likely, the weather is the reason" - this is how older people explain high blood pressure or migraine and listen carefully to the forecast of magnetic storms on TV. But is it? We figure out whether headaches are related to the weather, as well as what weather dependence is and how to deal with symptoms.

Is there a weather dependence?

Scientists differ. Let's start with the official data. The famous debunker of myths, ex-Minister of Health Ulyana Suprun somehow decided to deal with this phenomenon. Then Suprun said that the electromagnetic effect of the sun neutralizes the magnetosphere of our planet and it is unlikely that the human body can feel it.

"Many people complain of migraines and severe headaches during this period, but there is not enough evidence that it is the activity of the sun that causes these symptoms," the message says.

Related: 126 Ukrainian settlements left without electricity amid bad weather

Thus, 63 million tweets were analyzed containing the words "migraine" or "headache." The graph of the activity of such messages was compared with the graph of the activity of the Sun and, in the end, did not coincide at all.

Joint pain - The Ministry of Health cited a report from the Harvard School of Health, which indicates that the weather does not affect back and joint pain. Arthritis is also independent of weather factors. Also, we did not find the effect of changes in atmospheric pressure, temperature, air humidity, and precipitation on the appearance of back pain. But joint pain is real, and some connections to the weather can still be found (a lack of serotonin can impair sensitivity).

Nevertheless, the Ministry of Health admitted that changes in temperature and pressure can be dangerous for the heart and blood vessels. Blood pressure increase only exists in cold weather. In cold weather, our arterial vessels constrict to prevent the body from losing heat. A constricted vessel is an increase in pressure. Therefore, in patients with essential hypertension in winter, the pressure is 5-10 mm Hg higher than in summer. Pressure is treated with pills, so don't expect it to go away on its own and see your doctor.

At the same time, the UK claims that if you are prone to migraines, you may find that gray skies, high humidity, higher temperatures, and storms can serve as triggers for headaches.

"The change in pressure caused by the changing weather is believed to cause chemical and electrical changes in the brain. This irritates the nerves, causing headaches," says the British Ministry of Health.

How to fix it: There is little you can do to change the weather. However, by looking at the prognosis, you can predict when you might have a headache and make sure you have pain relievers.

But other reasons should not be discarded: lack of sleep, stress, pent-up anger, poor posture, bright lights, perfume, food, and more.

Whether solar flares cause migraine headaches or not remains to be proven, but there is some evidence that they may be triggers for at least some people.

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How to identify migraine triggers

One way to help your doctor figure out if you have any weather-related triggers is to keep a journal. Record any changes in the weather every day, such as storms, high winds, or high humidity. This way, you can check for signs of what may have triggered the migraine.

You can also use your journal to keep track of other things that can cause headaches, such as food and drinks. Common triggers include chocolate, caffeine, and foods with preservatives and nitrates.

When you have a headache, write down: the place where you feel pain, its nature and any other problems, sensitivity to noise, smells or bright light. Any treatment you have tried and whether it helped or made the headache worse.

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Magnetic storm forecast for November

Three magnetic storms are expected in November 2021:

  • November 11, 14-18 and 25-29;
  • also, small geomagnetic bursts are possible on November 6, 7, and 8.

So, on November 11, a magnetic storm of medium intensity is expected. But on November 14 and 18, the strongest magnetic storm of the moon will take place. Its peak is expected on November 14 and 15. People with chronic and cardiovascular diseases, as well as meteorological people need to be careful.

Related: Growth of temperature in world to lead to more frequent severe hot weather, drought, rainstorms

Another magnetic storm will take place from 25 to 29 November. Its peak is expected on November 29th.

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