04/30/07 #6 - Is weather a legitimate trigger?

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    I’m a 44 Year old Man, 6’ 185lbs. I live in New Jersey. I had graves disease about 7 years ago and was successfully treated with Radioactive Iodine. I have been experiencing migraines for about 11 years. I get the aura – Lightning bolts in the right eye, and then about 15 minutes to ½ hour late the pain comes, usually on the right side, but I have had it on both. I often loose my ability to comprehend things and to speak properly.

    When I first got them, I immediately though I had a brain tumor and had an MRI. The neurologist told me I had “Classic Migraines” and recommend Imitrex – It did not help.  I have tried various other medications also, having seen numerous doctors, but nothing really helps. I got in shape, watch what I eat and now have them down to about three a year – Interestingly it is almost always when the  seasons change- March April – October November. Unfortunately I have gotten 1 Migraine a month since October 2006. I assume it is because of the wacky weather we have had on the east coast.
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    Question – Is weather a legitimate trigger, it sure seems to be for me? What other treatment options do you recommend? – I have heard about Botox, but how do I go about getting it for medical purposes. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Tony.

    Answer:

    Dear Troy;
    Weather changes (or seasonal changes) are famous for triggering Migraines. Same with barometric pressure changes (i.e., 4-8 hours before the rains come). For one migraine a month I would not consider Botox although there are seven choices in the Imitrex family. Plus, there is Migranal nasal spray. And, thyroid disorders can sometimes be associated with headaches and migraines. There are 300 medical and surgical things that can be associated with them. If the headache pattern is trying to be worse, seek a headache expert to tell your history to. Good luck!

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: April 30, 2007