I work outside in the heat of the day, but am in the shade the majority of the time. I drink plenty of water with added electrolytes during the course of the day since I sweat so much. I feel fine and never get a headache while outside. The problem is when I go back to my office after being outside for 6 hours; I get an excruciating headache that always starts at the base of my skull on the right side. It slowly continues to get worse and spreads around the top of my head to my eye. It stays on the right side and does not go away unless I take a nap. The only thing I can figure out is it is the change in temperature from the air conditioning, but it is not set at a low temperature. Any tips to keep this from happening? Thanks, Pamela.
Well, that's an interesting story. Changes in temperature, if sudden, can allow a headache to happen or trigger a Migraine. Have you successfully treated these with Migraine-specific medication after they began? (i.e., triptans). I guess it would be easy to say something like: don't let the temperature changes occur too fast. I have had a patient who had a similar pattern who put a cold towel (or ice bag, etc) around the neck prior to the change in temperature and this maneuver helped. But that's only one person. Keep us posted on whether this works.
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Published On: April 10, 2007