Does Rain Really Make Headaches Worse?

Medical experts say the wet and gloomy weather may be the reason behind your migraine

It’s raining, it’s pouring…and your head pain is soaring!

A recent column on CNN examined a common concern of more than 30 million migraine sufferers: Is there a connection between severe headaches and Mother Nature?

Absolutely, say experts. And when the pain is excruciating to the point where your BFF is the porcelain thrown, feel free to point the finger at warm weather, fluctuating temperatures, low barometric pressure and even lightning.

"It is possible that weather directly changes the brain chemistry of patients with migraine, lowering feel-good serotonin levels," Dr. Vincent Martin, professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati, tells "Another possibility is that falling barometric pressure might activate the trigeminal nerve in the sinuses or eye that could initiate a migraine attack."

He adds that rainy weather during the spring brings about pollen, which can be a nightmare for allergy and migraine sufferers.

Dr. Carolyn Bernstein, clinical director of the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians' Comprehensive Headache Center at Harvard's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and author of The Migraine Brain says that diet, sleep and stress can also play a major role.

I’m not sure if this information concerns the rest of us who deal with a plain ol’ headaches — the kind where your head feels as if it suddenly weighs more than your body — as opposed to a full-blown migraine. But I’m going with yes since my sensitive head and neck can sense precipitation even before my eyes will confirm it.


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