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Migraine Headaches and Barometric Pressure Changes in Orlando Area
My family and I are thinking about a very big move. We may have an opportunity to relocate from Canada to the States and the Windermere area near Orlando is one of the places on the short list.
Here is where I really need some help. I suffer from migraines and one of my biggest triggers is change in the barometric pressure. By any chance is there anyone out there who also deals with these headaches and can tell me how they do during rainy season? Do the daily rain showers in the heat of the summer come with big swings in barometirc pressure? Does this equal daily migraines for you??
Or are there any other people who have moved from up north and may have some insight for me?
Maybe there is a weather buff who can point me in the direction of a great website I've missed?
I get headaches from pressure sometimes, not as bad as yours it seems but yea there do tend to be allot of swings in pressure around here. Weather.com is the best one i can think of.
Changes from up north:
Here it's always hot and humid, winters are extremely mild but occasionally will get into the 30's.
We have bugs, bug and more bugs. We get love bugs twice a year, they cover everything. They're so bad that there are windshield washing stations on the turnpike. We also have fire ants and lots of them, they have a poisionous bite that itches and burns. It's not too bad unless your allergic but if you leave food out in your house, expect ants. Other insects worth mentioning are spiders, roaches and earwigs.
We have lots of rain that comes down at once, if you look at washington vs florida rain fall it's almost the same, except ours comes down in buckets during the summer months and washingtons comes down in a fine mist for 11months of the year.
Florida traffic is bad for some northerners, almost unbearable but you learn to live with it.
Windermere is a good choice, it's one of the nicer areas in Orlando. Very strict on crime and speeding in that area.
If you're into tropical weather and lots of sunshine you'll like Florida over all. Good luck on your move if you decide to head south
My fiancee has severe migraine problems from the pressure changes. For her this generally happens 12 or so hours before a thunderstorm. In the summer here though the thunderstorms almost happens on a daily basis as do the migraines in the beginning. For some reason she seems to stop having them (or at least alot less) after the first month or thunderstorms this summer. In June though she had 4-5 migraines a week usually in the early morning hours preceeding the afternoon storms.
She carries a steady supply of caffeine pills and advil to combat the migraines.
I have been taking my imitrex once a day for the past week sometimes 18hrs apart. They just keep getting worse. I have them year round and they come in clusters that last about 1-2 weeks. this week seems to be bad with all the rain.
My fiancee carries a steady supply of caffeine pills and advil to combat the migraines.
Never to judge one's tolerance to pain, or ability to withstand various levels of pain, I would still like to offer my professional and personal opinion that your fiancee may not be suffering from true migraine. While barometric pressure changes are well established "triggers" for chronic migraine/cluster sufferers, they can also trigger old fashioned bad headaches in many people that do not meet the full criteria of a migraine or cluster sufferer.
My concern here (again, I make no judgement herein as to her diagnosis or level of suffering...I'm sure they are painful to her) is if she is able to relieve them with nothing more than advil and caffeine. Both can be excellent at relieving many types of headaches, but typically the migraine, and especially the cluster sufferer (who happens to be the type most affected by seasonal weather change, getting headaches for days, weeks or months at a time and then suddenly stop when it's changed again...hence the moniker, "cluster") do not typically respond in any appreciable manner to such basic OTC remedies. Unless the migraine develops from a tension or stress headache, and while in the period of tension they are able to successfully use advil and/or caffeine to abort, these medicines just do not work.
Unfortunately our society seems to have developed an affinity for overstating things, as I'm sure many of us true sufferers (yes, I treat them and yes, I suffer from them) have heard Joe or Jo Coworker say, "OMG! I am like, sooo having like the WORST MIGRAINE!!, Ok?!" when they really mean they are having a mild to moderate headache. I am not lumping your fiancee into this category at all. I just wish to point out that migraine and cluster sufferers are plagued by what one leading medical journal calls "the worst pain known to exist in humankind".
Many sufferers compare the pain to "what a drill might feel like, piercing through the eyeball, temple or ear straight through to the brain", and for those unlucky few who have experienced surgery without anesthesia and migraine/cluster, most of them report that the migraine/clusters are actually "worse than anesthesia-free surgery".
Cluster headache pain can be rather worse than migraine, and last for longer periods. It can become so bad it literally takes your breath away. They have been dubbed "suicide headaches" as patients throughout history have routinely committed suicide during the height of the pain for no other possible reason than to stop it. I myself, during a particularly horrific bout a few years ago, unable to locate my medication, had an experience that quite shocked and disturbed me during the episode and after.... for a flash, for just a moment, I saw a clear, piercing image of a gun in my head, and had a sudden, overpowering urge to use it. The urge, the thought was over as quickly as it started, however it left me shaken to have actually experienced what I had so often read in textbooks. I had no gun, of course, and thank God for it, as I cannot say for certain in that fleeting moment, during such intense agony exactly what might have happened. That is what is so shocking....and terrifying. I personally have no history of mental issues or suicidal ideation, in fact this was the first time I've ever thought of it. But it was strong, this urge, and I can only attribute it to my brain being in such a chaotic, frantic state that it may have been curiously "tricked" into this ideation out of sheer desperation to MAKE IT STOP.
I sincerely hope none of you have, or ever will have, this degree of migraine/cluster pain!
IF you move to O'Town (which isn't quite as bad barometrically as the coast, but not extremely different), get yourself a good neurologist (preferably a headache specialist) ASAP. If you have a recent MRI and CAT-scan, bring copies of those, or be prepared for the doctor to order new. I have had so many bad attacks over 14 years that I have actual brain "damage".... lesions on my brain, or a kind of scar tissue. Depending upon your degree of migraine/cluster, you may have these too, and that should be determined soon also. They pose no danger and are benign, but they do help identify the type and severity of your disease and help the physician to plan your treatment appropriately.
Lastly make sure you give the physician your previous treating physician's records (or sign a release), the exact names of drugs that have worked the best for you in the past and insist on him or her writing for at least some of these before you leave their office that day. You may not be experiencing your illness that day, but you never know when they might recur, and you must be prepared. By all means, do not wait until you start to get them to try to find a doctor! Otherwise, be prepared for weeks of suffering even if you are lucky enough to get in to see them within days.
They may want to try you on new preventative or pain-relieving therapies, which is fine, as they may indeed work better for you than what you are used to, but tell them you KNOW such-and-such has worked well in the past and you feel you must have some on hand until the new or different meds take effect.
I suffer from migraines and have also noticed that barometric change triggers them, lowering of pressure especially.
My doctor gave me a combination of meds to take and insists that I take them at the first thought of an attack coming.
If I don'tntake them and I hem and haw to see, I'm fried and have to suffer through 24-72 hours cold turkey because anything I swallow once the migraine sets in, is vomitted and makes me feel worse. The migraine stops the digestive process. So the meds can't do their work.
Anyway, since moving to the seacoast, living at sea level, I have noticed a dramatic reduction in the number of migraines, 3x less. I moved from the coast to the mountains for a year and a half and there I noticed I had migraines more often again, so I've moved back down to the sea.
Does anyone else notice that the altitude where you live affects the frequency?
Location: Oviedo, Fl formerly from the Philly Burbs!
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I just moved from Pennsylvania to Florida about a week or sand a half ago. I was getting migraines so frequently, and no pain rememedy worked other than Excedrin (which actually works exceedingly well for the most part) I did start getting them daily tho, so I have been taking a prescription to prevent them that was working reasonably well, it reduced the frequency to about 1-2 per week rather than 5 or more per week.
Regarding the note above, I am under the care of a headache specialist in PA, over the last 6 years I have had about 5 MRI's , one MRA, and was admitted to the ER one time with total left body numbness and the eventual diagnoses of a complex migraine, so they are true migraines.
Since being in FL, it has rained every day. Good thunderstorms about 4 or 5 of those days, and I have only experienced one migraine , and it was a pretty mild one. What does that say? I can't really give a definitive opinion at this time, but, I thought I would post my experience for you so far. At least I am not getting a migraine with every storm...so that is good...some of these storms have been real doozies too....
I hope this is at least of some use to you, feel free to PM me if you like, even at a later date for some more updated info! OK! good luck!
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