What is it about fall weather migraines? Seasonal migraines are common for most chronic migraine patients- springtime introduces pollen headaches, sweltering summers bring on throbbing headaches triggered by dehydration, and frigid winters chill the bones and cause aching joints and muscle stiffness. But some of the factors influencing fall weather migraines are less conspicuous. Here are some clues to help you manage migraines in the fall.
If you think that springtime is the only allergy season, then guess again. While allergens like flowery pollen and freshly cut grass make the spring season unbearable for many headache sufferers, the ending of summer means the beginning of fall weather migraines for people who are sensitive to ragweed pollen. Breezy autumn winds also encourage the spread of mold spores, which may cause inflammation of the bronchial tubes and also trigger migraines. Fall weather allergen preparation may include cleaning the house thoroughly, keeping the windows closed during high winds, and using an air filter indoors.
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Do you get excited or nervous when you think about the holiday season? For many, fall weather migraines occur because of anxiety, tension, or apprehension that you may have about the coming celebrations of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, or New Year’s Day. Think about what the holiday celebrations mean to you, and think of ways to eliminate negative feelings or worries (and migraine headaches) that seem to occur every time October comes around.
When the weather cools off, our sleeping habits sometimes change. The shortening of the daylight hours can make you feel like hibernating, or going to sleep earlier than usual. Unfortunately, any changes in lifestyle patterns- like eating and sleeping- are common culprits in migraine disorder. Avoid fall weather migraines by sticking to a strict sleep schedule and avoiding even short naps in the middle of the day. During weekends or while on vacation, resist the temptation to watch television in bed all day, which also causes “weekend headache” and fall weather migraines.
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