Migraine Relief At High Elevations

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Migraine Relief At High Elevations

After 4 years of one constant Migraine (24x7x356) and after more than 70 different medications of which none gave me any relief, I started to give up hope of ever being out of this constant Migraine. During this time my father moved from Seattle to Ellensburg WA which is at 2000ft elevation and when I made my first visit the strangest thing happened...my migraine got better (not gone but much better). I thought that I was getting better just as quickly as I fell ill until I went home to Portland OR (sea level) and my migraine came back full force. My question is, has anyone experienced this?

I appreciate your knowledge. Tim

Answer

Tim,

Welcome to MyMigraineConnection!

Although they're not well understood as triggers, variations in altitude and barometric pressure changes can be very strong Migraine triggers. It may or may not be connected to cerebrospinal fluid pressure.

Usually, when people mention altitude to us, it's the other way around -- their Migraines are worse at higher altitudes, but you've obviously found the reverse correlation with your Migraines.

This is definitely somethint to discuss and explore with your doctor.

If I may comment on a couple of other points from your question--

You said you've treid 70 different medications. With those that were for Migraine prevention, how long did you try them? Four years, as strange as it may seem, is a short period of time for trying so many medications. Most preventive medications need to be tried for a period of three months to know if they're effective for you or not.

If your doctor isn't able to help, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

Please keep in touch and let me know how you're doing?

Welcome again,

Teri

Answered by Teri Robert