Summer weather can cause havoc for migraine sufferers

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Summer weather can cause havoc for migraine sufferers. Registered Nurse Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on June 14, 2017. (WPVI)

The drastic swings in summer weather can spark havoc for people who get migraines.

Going from record heat, to thunderstorms and downpours quickly can trigger problems.

Usually, it's a fall in barometric pressure, but a quick rise in temperature can also set-off headaches.
Doctors believe the changes can shift the balance of fluid levels in blood vessels around the brain.

So staying hydrated every day could help.

Dr. Jennifer Kriegler from the Cleveland Clinic said, "Drink lots of water, pretreat by drinking water before you go outside. On a hot ninety-degree humid day, you can lose up to a liter of fluid an hour so you really have to maintain your fluid balance."

Doctor Kriegler says increasing your magnesium intake prior to a weather change may also help.

Some migraine sufferers get tense when they sense a weather change.

But exercise or relaxation techniques can reduce stress hormones.

Also limiting sun glare can also help. You want to look for sunglasses with 100-percent UV protection.

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