Story by: Lynne Choate on February 23, 2016
Greater Louisville meteorologists are predicting near-record low barometric pressure readings for mid-week, and as many who suffer from migraine already experience, the barometer changes can also result in migraine pain. Brian M. Plato, D.O., with the Headache & Concussion Center, a part of Norton Neuroscience Institute, encourages migraine sufferers to heed the warning and prepare now.
“The change in barometric pressure may act as a triggering event for people who have migraine,” Dr. Plato said. “In addition to barometric pressure changes, bright sunlight, extreme heat or cold, sun glare, high humidity, dry air and windy or stormy weather can impact migraine sufferers.”
As you prepare for weather changes, Dr. Plato recommends the following tips:
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Many times migraine will include symptoms of nasal congestion, dry and watering eyes, and pressure around the eyes and cheeks, which leads people to believe that their headache is not a migraine, but rather a sinus headache.
“Many people will incorrectly think that their headache is a sinus headache, however most often these are actually migraine attacks,” Dr. Plato said. “However, for someone with undiagnosed migraine, they may not know the difference.”
The symptoms of migraine include:
“While not all headache pain requires medical attention, some types of headaches can make daily life and activities unbearable, or they may be a symptom of a more serious health issue,” Dr. Plato said. “It’s important to seek prompt medical treatment for severe or recurrent headaches.”
Norton Neuroscience Institute opened the Headache & Concussion Center as the region’s first center dedicated exclusively to the treatment of headache and concussion pain. For more information, call the Headache & Concussion Center at (502) 899-6782.
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