Preventing Migraines triggered by weather changes and flying?

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Extreme weather changes and airline travel are a primary trigger for my migraines.   Are there any preventative measures I can take when I know there are major storms coming or when I am planning to fly?

I am currently taking Topamax and verapamil as preventatives.   I take hydroxyzine (Vistaril) and Midrin for pain as needed.   I cannot take triptans because I have hemiplegic migraines frequently. Monica.


Dear Monica;

Unfortunately, weather changes and air travel are fairly common Migraine triggers, and they can be among the more difficult to manage. Many Migraineurs do find that these triggers affect them less as the find preventive regimens that are more effective for their other triggers.

Some Migraineurs do find that taking Diamox (acetazolamide) when they know a weather front is coming and before flying helps them prevent some of the Migraines from those triggers. It's worth discussing this with your doctor as well as continuing to refine your regular preventive regimen.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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