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Old 05-29-2010, 09:59 PM
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I live in Portland, Oregon. I get migranes from time to time here. I did not have them before moving here 4 years ago. Lately I have had several the last month that lasted 3 days. They are mild ones the worst part is the aura and blurred vision before they start. I have bad allergies to mold and sinus problems. Im almost sure it is all tied in at least with me. Also this is a very dreary part of the USA to live. It can be weeks into months where a sunny day is an extreme rarity. It is absolutely true this area of America gets a lot of rain and cloud cover and cool to cold weather much of the year. This place gives me a headache.

Even if sun can trigger migraines. I would not recommend Oregon for a migraine sufferer even with the lack of sun here.
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:36 AM
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Hi I live in MICHIGAN and get 12 MIGRAINES a month....have lived here for 14 years.....

Originally Posted by russhey View Post
Oh yes. Imitrex and I are good buddies. I started taking imitrex about 5 years ago, and although it worked really good in the beginning, it doesn't work anywhere near as good now. In the last couple of years my migraines have gotten a lot worse.

To be specific about the problem, someone asked if it's allergies and it doesn't appear to be that. Some things I've noticed is that it is a lot better in the winter than the summer (literally I can go through the entire winter with 1 or maybe 2 migraines). During the last 2 summers I have gotten either a headache or a migraine atleast 5 of the 7 days a week that begins around noon and goes away as soon as the sun goes down. My neurologist thinks it is directly related to the intense heat and humidity in Texas right now.

The reason I'm willing to make such a drastic change is because I'm in a great position to do so right now. I have to stay in Houston for a year, but after that nothing is tying me down, so now is really the best time.

I'm getting a lot of great suggestions and I thank you all very much for that.

WILWRadio- This is the advice that I'm getting from lots of people, to stay in the Western half of the US. I like the idea of Minnesota and Wisconsin (they both have good grad schools). What about Michigan? Would that fall into the same category as Minnesota and Wisconsin?

radraja- Dry seems to be what works, but I also want to get away from the intense heat (which I assume NM would have). I like the idea of Salt Lake, though I've never been there so I'm just basing this on what I've heard.

desert sun- I agree with you, the intense heat is killer.

JMT- while the Migraines aren't related to allergies, or from what I've seen they aren't, a cooler dry climate is definitely what I'm after.

txgal78- On Sterling's list of the worst hot spots for migraines, it seems TN showed up there a lot, so I think I'm going to avoid that. I like the idea of Virginia though.

One other question for everyone. What do you think of the VA/DC/MD area? Government is what my degree is in, and I'm going to grad school for international affairs, so being near DC would definitely benefit me school wise. I've only been up there once, and it was in March... and it snowed, lol. Other than that the climate was fine, but I have not been there in the summer.

Thank you all so much!
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:19 AM
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I am a 25 yr old male and I have been getting migraines since my freshman year in College. I usually get them when barometric pressure changes. I live in a very hilly city, so I thought it was due to the changing of elevation (I live at 500 ft above sea level and work 5 miles away at over 1000 ft).

I have tried Immitrex (joke). It says take at the On-Set and I always do as soon as my peripheral vision goes out. But, the stupid part is that I always get naucious and lose my lunch, thus puking out the Immitrex, so it never gets in my system. I live a block from the hospital, so I usually just walk there and get the shots. I'm usually home feeling fine 2 hrs later. Then I get a $1400 hospital bill that my health insurace covers all but $100. That's the way to do it folks. That $100 is the best I ever spent.
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