Post # 1
Just venting. Although if you have any advice regarding chronic migraines caused by the weather, please share!
Right now my husband is lying in the dark, curled in a ball. He is crying, and vomiting from pain. He’s been like this for three days. He has suffered from chronic migraines for over two decades. Nothing helps. He suffers from anywhere beteen 6-9 migraines per month, often lasting more than 24 hours.
His doctors have tried numerous medications. He’s had many tests performed, seen several specialists, including one who specialized in mystery patients. They’ve run MRIs, CT scans, blood work, and a spinal tap. They never find anything wrong. Doctors give him a new medication, and if it works at all, it works 2-3 times, and then it stops working. (They are unsure why.) So they switch him to a new drug, and it either does not provide any pain relief at all, or it helps for a few times, before it’s worthless. They’ve tried preventative medication, and pain relief medication. None of it works!
He has tried:
- Medical marijuana, it occasionally helps with the pain, but not consistently. (He tried multiple strains)
- Diet changes to eliminate potential food triggers (no wheat, no yeast, no caffiene, no chocolate, no tomato, no onion, there’s a big list)
- Allergy tests
- Herbs and vitamins
- Environment tests
- Regular chiropractic treatment
- Massage therapy
- Sleep hygiene
- Limiting screen time
- Keeping a headache journal
- Staying hydrated, drinks lots of water
- Regular vision check-ups (he wears glasses)
- Moving to a less humid place
He gets these types of migraines:
I feel hopeless because 99% of his migraines are triggered by atmospheric conditions. And what can you do about the clouds in the sky?!
Post # 2
samael : Ugh I’m sorry tbis sounds awful. I’m assuming you’ve seen a neurologist as well?
At this point do you think maybe moving to a new climate could help? Like California where we barely have seasons? Edited to add maybe the changes in weather are the cause not humidity???
Post # 3
Also I’ve rotated foods due to allergy. Perhaps if docs allow he could rotate the meds. Instead of taking the third time switch. Not sure if that’s possible…
And randomly has he been tested for a latex allergy? You said food allergies yes but not latex test.
Could he have undiagnosed bite and TMJD issues? Jaw problems can cause headaches and neck pain….the works.
Post # 4
I’m so sorry. I’m a fellow chronic migraine sufferer, and I feel such sympathy towards him. Fortunately, I’m able to keep mine mostly under control between a combiantion of accupuncture, avoiding certain foods/food additives, and botox.
I don’t know of botox helps with weather triggered migraines, but might be worth trying?
Post # 5
I feel his pain, as I’ve been a chronic migraine sufferer for years, to the point of being a blubbering mess in the doc’s office, to get a special shot for the pain, and to have it back withing 2 hours. I’ve tried many things, the massages help. Did take notice that they indeed do come on stronger when the weather changes – spring/fall. The only thing that finally helped, was a consistent dose of low dose topiramate. In higher dosages they are for depression, but in low doses works for chronic migraines. Previous daily meds doc placed me on, prevented me from getting up in the mornings – too tired – to the point that I got into a small fender bender. Topiramate took about 2-3 weeks to really start helping, but they are a God send. For the pain itself, I do take zolmitripan, but find that a few ibuprofen work well if I’m able to get it when it starts. If I wake up with them, then there’s no point in taking anything.
Post # 6
Ask your doctor about botox. It helps some (but not all) people with migraines caused by atmospheric pressure changes.
Post # 7
Also, dairy can be a major trigger for individuals with chronic migraines.
Post # 8
Is he seeing an actual neurologist or is it a GP making these recommendations? I suffered from cluster migraine for years before I saw a neurologist; it did take another year or so of working with her, but she was able to find a proper treatment which has been a life changer.
Post # 9
My husband and I get migraines triggered by the weather, too. Moving doesn’t help because even if you live in a dry place, there are still weather fronts. I got some help from weekly acupuncture. I did that for several years. It decreased how often I had to use the triptans.
The migraine medicine (triptans and over the counter pain meds) can have rebound effect. So, you take the meds for the migraine, they help the migraine but then when they wear off another one comes. If he can get to where he is taking less triptans or pain relief, he might get less migraines in a month. The acupuncture helped me because it got me less dependent on the meds which meant less rebound headaches. I used to get several migraines a week and I’m down to 1 or 2 a month (depending on the weather).
Post # 10
Thank you all for your suggestions. I will relay them to him when he’s functional again.
He has been to a neurologist, yes.
Post # 11
samael : What kind of weather triggers his migraines? I suffer from migraines and avoiding certain foods has definitely helped for me. I also realized I kept getting migraines when it was dry, so I got a humidifier and it’s probably eliminated 85-90% of my migraines! Some days I think I need a stronger humidifier, but it’s so much better. I didn’t know weather triggered migraines were a thing! I thought it was just me. I hope he feels better soon!
Post # 12
books_and_diamonds : He gets a migraine when:
- The weather is overcast or it rains
- If it’s foggy
- If it snows sometimes
- If the temperature changes rapidly, like goes up or down more than 5° in a day.
- If there is a pressure system in the air
Post # 13
I get migraines from weather too and I live in southern California where we supposedly have no seasons. It happens mostly when there’s a pressure change. Has he tried giving up dairy?
Post # 14
Oh no! I too am a frequent, severe migraine sufferer. Just spent the entire beautiful weather weekend (in the 80s here) in bed with all the shutters closed so it was dark, the AC on, and multipe trips to the bathroom to vomit. It was awful. And there’s nothing that really works for me when it’s that bad. I took all my rescue meds and NOTHING helped. Omg. I honestly thought I was dying at one point. So I feel so sorry for your hubby. I am so sorry. I don’t have anything useful to add but just that my heart goes out to him.
Post # 15
I’ve had migraines for years. Weather was a trigger and so was my cycle. I don’t get them anymore and I am so thankful. They were miserable.
I am doing this protocol and haven’t had any since I started it. It’s mainly magnesium, but also includes potassium and other minerals. Here’s the link. http://gotmag.org/how-to-restore-magnesium/
They have a facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MagnesiumAdvocacy/
It was easier for me to get a kit to get started with, so I bought this one. http://www.jigsawhealth.com/root-cause-protocol-products/rcp-starter-kit/
I’m not affiliated with any of these, but am so thankful that this is restoring my health. Between the heart palpitations, the migraines, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, and vertigo, I needed to find something to give me back my health. This is working. I’ve only been on the program for a few months and I”m looking forward to seeing how my health continues to improve.
I hope your husband finds some relief soon.