Do Weather Swings Trigger Your Migraine?

60 degrees one day, snow storm and several inches of snow the next.

Read how weather Swings effect my Migraines and what I do to battle.

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Bright Snow Glare Triggers Migraine

Braving the blistery winter and snow glare

Braving the blistery winter and snow glare

bright sun and bright snow makes me want to hibernate

bright sun and bright snow makes me want to hibernate

I live in the snow belt of Cleveland.  We currently have mass amounts of snow.  It’s crazy cold out but oh well……I’m used to it.  So we hibernate.  But unlike those cozy, dozy bears, in a dark cave, I am forced to face the dreaded snow glare.  I have windows all over my house.  While they look beautiful, they torture me.  The windows frame a world of gleaming light reflecting bright white snow.  This week we ordered blinds for our windows because when I walk in our kitchen I feel like someone is stabbing me with an ice pick through my eyes extending out the back of my head.   I wear sunglasses in the house most of the time but it still doesn’t touch the nausea and aura the glare forces upon me.  When my children nap I am forced to retire to my room which has blackout shades and curtains over them to provide me the cave I require.

Leaving the house is obviously torturous.  I’m prepared, as always, with sunglasses and a big hood to block out peripheral light.  Driving escalates my pain instantly and without fail.  There’s nothing more I know to do.  I am not a bear and need to take my daughter to school, buy food for my family and do other humanly tasks.  It’s not realistic for me to hibernate.  I’m counting the days until I can make my castle a bit more cave like and for this snow to melt.  Cloudy days, at this point, are my friends and this is not a statement I make often.  It’s a difficult situation when it’s best to stay home yet my home and the snow’s glare make me sick.  This has been a very difficult winter, migraine wise, and this snow needs to go.  Snow, No!  You need to go.

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Do Weather Swings Trigger Your Migraine?

I wish weather swings were as fun as real swings.  The way my kids laugh going up and down, back and forth looks fun.  Instead, the temperature goes up and down making my head sway back and forth and it’s no fun at all!

Weather is a huge trigger for me!   Living in Cleveland is not ideal for this!  From what I’ve read, it happens most places but living in the snow belt is intense.

This week we had a 30 degree shift in two days!  There goes my head.  The barometric pressure squeezes me like a vice.  I have a barometer in my kitchen but I don’t need it because I am triggered before it registers.  My allergies kick up and my head gets so much pressure in it I feel like my eyes are popping out.

The wind, hail and lightning against my windows gave me generalized pain EVERYWHERE.  The migraine, my joints, my stomach, the fatigue all revolved around the weather.  I’m so much better when it just stays the same.

So how do I stop the weather?  I haven’t been able to figure that one out.  I have no ideas on how to even prepare for the swings when I know it is coming.  I don’t like to take meds to prevent them because I would be doing that several times a day with the amount of triggers I have and the pain state I live.

So how do I help myself during the swings?

  • I drink lots of water
  • Avoid being out in the elements
  • Keep my rescue meds close by
  • Eat anti inflammatory foods
  • Stay on my sleep schedule
  • Try to take stress in stride while doing a bit of yoga or meditation
  • Take benedryl or allergy medicine
  • Take an Epsom bath with essential oils
  • Continue to do what I can to brace the not so fun swing I’m about to ride

Where do you live?

How do you deal with weather swings and shifts?

 

 

 

 

Glare and reflection triggers Migraines

While so many of you are snowed in and hit with the bright glare, I thought I’d repost about snow. Here in Cleveland I feel like I could leave it up all of winter!

My Migraine Life

Braving the blistery winter and snow glare Braving the blistery winter and snow glare

bright sun and bright snow makes me want to hibernate bright sun and bright snow makes me want to hibernate

I live in the snow belt of Cleveland.  We currently have mass amounts of snow.  It’s crazy cold out but oh well……I’m used to it.  So we hibernate.  But unlike those cozy, dozy bears, in a dark cave, I am forced to face the dreaded snow glare.  I have windows all over my house.  While they look beautiful, they torture me.  The windows frame a world of gleaming light reflecting bright white snow.  This week we ordered blinds for our windows because when I walk in our kitchen I feel like someone is stabbing me with an ice pick through my eyes extending out the back of my head.   I wear sunglasses in the house most of the time but it still doesn’t touch the nausea and aura the glare forces upon me.  When…

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