Does bad weather equal migraines?

11:53 PM, Dec 20, 2013   |    comments
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(CNN)- For many of us, we don't need a weatherman to know bad weather is coming. And for those 30 million Americans who suffer from migraines, many scientists believe there is a link.

Warm weather, a drop in barometric pressure, and drastic temperature changes can make headaches much worse. So with major winter storms like we've already seen this year, doctors say many patients are reporting more acute pain.  

One doctor even says it's possible weather can alter brain chemistry for migraine patients. That can alter serotonin levels, adding to the discomfort.

So is this the worst time of the year for migraine sufferers?

It depends.

It's bad, but, springtime is also very rough for these folks who suffer from headaches. Allergies and pollen can cause more discomfort.  

Plus, studies have found lightning has also been found to be a major cause of headaches.

So the good news - it's winter, and the triggers for headaches may not be in full force, however the bad news is, spring time will be here before we know it.

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