Is there a “Headache season”?

by James on 27 August 2007

What time of year are your headaches the worst?  Do you have more migraine attacks in a certain season?  That’s been the question on our poll, and it’s time for the results:

Headache season?

Yeah – interesting, huh?  Spring, and rainy season are the very clear winners.  What does that tell you?  It tells me – weather.

There are lots of reasons why other seasons should have won.  Fall and winter?  I’m thinking the stress of returning to school and work, the stress of the holidays, cold weather, darkness (in the north).  Summer?  Has it’s own stresses.  And a lot of people get attacks from a change of schedule, which summer is notorious for.

But no, it’s spring – often a time of rain.  And, of course, rainy season!  There may be other reasons why these seasons peak the list, but I’m betting barometric pressure changes have a lot to do with it.

Of course, let’s not ignore the fact that for a lot of people there’s no difference at all.  Pressure changes don’t seem to make a difference for everyone.  And of course there are weather patterns all year round that can cause headaches or migraine attacks!

Please check out our new poll question on the left of the main news page – this fits in with our new Community Question.

And, leave a comment – do different seasons make a difference to you?  Why do you think that is?

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YogaOne September 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I do think headaches are triggered by seasonal issues, and it can be barametric, but can be so related to allergies, how do you determine which brings them on? Depending on where you live in the world rainy season can be spring or summer, or any season for that matter! Found a great aromatherapy product for headaches and sinuses, I was suprised how well it worked to take care of the pain and naturally. I believe the product was Elan Sinus relief or headache relief. (they have a couple of products). Anyway, amazed how wonderful it worked.

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Dr. Andrew White February 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

I practiced in South Dakota for over 15 years and I found that October was a key month. I was not sure if it was the dramatic shift in humidity, barometric pressure, the plant particles associated with the grain harvests going on, or the impending doom of winter. But there was a spike, no doubt.

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Laura K. April 1, 2012 at 5:36 am

It’s spring here in the UK, and I am again suffering greatly with almost daily migraines. I am sure they are not allergy related, although I always have sinus symptoms with my migraine, as I have now lived in 3 different places in the world over the past few years (California, Trinidad in the West Indies, and now England) and every spring (the exact month changes with the part of the world) I am in pain. It’s rainy all the time in England, so I don’t think that’s the exact trigger, but it’s got to be something to do with the seasonal change. Migraines don’t like change! I suffer in the fall, too, but not as badly ususally in Sept. And strangely, the month before I ususally have the fewest migraines of the year. It’s like my brain is storing them up or something. Has anyone else experienced this seasonal peaks?

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Lena Welch August 27, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I have often wondered if mold counts have anything to do with mine. It seems I have more problems when counts are higher.

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