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A 51-year-old female asked:

Is it possible that a change in barametric pressure could cause a bad headach/migraine?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 34 years experience
As a matter of fact: There is a type of headache known as, you guessed, it...."the barometric headache." these can be very painful, virtually identical to a migraine in symptoms, duration, and disability. They occur in the presence of changes of barometric pressure. That means good to bad as well as bad to good weather. Tough to treat but easy to predict. Good luck. Solution: find place with little climate change.
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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 34 years experience
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I recommend the following website to all my patients with these types of headaches: Www.barometricpressureheadache.com
Apr 16, 2014
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Possible: This can be even more possible if headaches are cervicogenic-or coming from your neck. If you have arthritis in your neck which leads to your headaches, many people state they can feel differences in pressures and this can contribute to headaches. If it is from diving and coming up to fast, please see a physician immediately. If simply from storm front, may just be a trigger for your migraines.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
It is possible: It has been estimated that approximately 70% of migraine headaches overlie the sinuses and are triggered by changes in barametric pressure. These patients actually suffer from migraine but usually are diagnosed with sinus headache and use over-the counter vasoconstrictor (nose spray) agents for relief. Rec.: see orofacial pain or headache specialist for diagnosis and management. Good luck.
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Last updated May 23, 2014

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