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I am based in Toronto and recently going through a bad cluster period. Both last week and today, I experienced rapidly increasing pressure (pain) behind my eye as well as a bit of nausea with the onset of the rapid change in weather from being totally cloudless to suddenly overcast with low could and rain. Just wondering if anyone else has a noted a similar experience. Apparently rapid barometric pressure change is also noted as a prevalent factor for other headaches as well. 

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Yup, just before storms come through, I'll get CH activity. I picked up on the pattern earlier this year and it's been consistent since. 

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Weather seems like it is a factor and in the throws of a cycle we reach for any explanation for our pain.  With barometric pressure reports on our phones, watching the weather patterns etc.  We all desperately look for an explanation so we can find hope in certain patterns.  I used to think it was barometric pressure drop, then I thought it was barometric pressure instability, for a  while I was convinced moon phase mattered.  I have tracked for myself and in my case weather changes are coincidental to whatever circadian trigger hits our hypothalamus.  I believe there are migraine tracking apps looking at weather too.   Most studies debunk pressure changes but some suggest validity.  There are lists of places with the least to most barometric pressure changes and I do not think it correlates with incidence of disease.

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I also thought for a long time it was dependent and I tracked it for a while. Conclusion was for myself there is no real correlation to see between weather and headache frequency.

But still... every time weather gets bad... I feel I get hit harder than usual.

siegfried

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I do seem to find weather changes where the barometer is moving a lot tend to more painful days. The weather here (Calgary alberta) has been mentioned as making it the migraine capital of Canada, we get chinooks and extreme and fast weather changes.

That all being said, the human mind is wired to see and recognize patterns, even if none exist it will use confirmation bias to create a pattern. I still believe that it is a big factor regardless.

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On 10/1/2020 at 9:31 AM, Pebblesthecorgi said:

Weather seems like it is a factor and in the throws of a cycle we reach for any explanation for our pain.  With barometric pressure reports on our phones, watching the weather patterns etc.  We all desperately look for an explanation so we can find hope in certain patterns.  I used to think it was barometric pressure drop, then I thought it was barometric pressure instability, for a  while I was convinced moon phase mattered.  I have tracked for myself and in my case weather changes are coincidental to whatever circadian trigger hits our hypothalamus.  I believe there are migraine tracking apps looking at weather too.   Most studies debunk pressure changes but some suggest validity.  There are lists of places with the least to most barometric pressure changes and I do not think it correlates with incidence of disease.

Thanks for your insight Pebbles. I am going through a cluster now, which I thought was receding because I had three days hardly any shadows and then last night had it pretty rough. Toronto has been going through high /low pressure swings and saw a full moon and wondered about that as well. 

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On 10/3/2020 at 11:52 AM, devonrex said:

I do seem to find weather changes where the barometer is moving a lot tend to more painful days. The weather here (Calgary alberta) has been mentioned as making it the migraine capital of Canada, we get chinooks and extreme and fast weather changes.

That all being said, the human mind is wired to see and recognize patterns, even if none exist it will use confirmation bias to create a pattern. I still believe that it is a big factor regardless.

Hi Devonrex, thanks for the insight. Have you had any reccomendable help from local Drs. in Calgary. I am trying to find a specialist here in Toronto but it has been difficult.

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2 hours ago, mikeh2017 said:

Hi Devonrex, thanks for the insight. Have you had any reccomendable help from local Drs. in Calgary. I am trying to find a specialist here in Toronto but it has been difficult.

If when you are able to travel, I would recommend this doctor, she was part of the champ program here and was my neuro for over a year but she returned to Montreal. She is now at Polyclinique Centre-Ville Montreal. She specializes on headache disorders and has authored several papers

Elizabeth Leroux

MD, FRCPC

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On 10/5/2020 at 2:13 PM, devonrex said:

If when you are able to travel, I would recommend this doctor, she was part of the champ program here and was my neuro for over a year but she returned to Montreal. She is now at Polyclinique Centre-Ville Montreal. She specializes on headache disorders and has authored several papers

Elizabeth Leroux

MD, FRCPC

Thank you so much will try and connect.

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