You probably know someone, a friend, family member, etc, who claims to have some ailment that tips them off to changing weather. In fact you might even have a bum knee or aching elbow you regard as your own built in barometer. I have always been a skeptic of this for a number of reasons. And many doctors are in my corner. Now I’m not a complete doubter, as I do believe it is possible. After all, many animals are hyper-sensitive to changes in air pressure tipping them off to oncoming rain. But new research is starting to show some correlation between certain weather patterns and headaches.
A study published in the medical journal “Neurology” looked at +7,000 people suffering from headaches. A research team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA found warmer weather to be the triggering factor, especially for those with migraines. They found when the temperature jumps 9° F or more the risk of severe headaches rises 8%. OK, not a huge increase but it is significant.
While I have yet to see the reason(s) a rising thermometer can trigger a pounding headache, I can wager a guess. A day much warmer than the one before may catch a person off guard causing them to sweat more than usual. And dehydration is a trigger that causes headaches. Given the circumstances in the study mentioned, I’m surprised the risk only increased by 8%.