Answers to Common Headache Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about headaches.

What can you do to reduce your risk of developing a headache from weather patterns?

Dr. Aaron Block discusses how you can reduce your risk of developing a headache from weather patterns. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What can you do to reduce your risk of developing a headache from weather patterns?

In order to reduce the amount of headaches that you get from the weather, the first thing you have to know is understanding your triggers. When people come and see me in the office and want to talk about their headaches, the first thing I have them do is what we call a headache diary. 

That's actually creating a calendar where every time you have a headache, writing down what kind of headache, where it was located in your head, and then thinking about everything that was going on that day. Did you have something to eat that was out of the ordinary? Was the weather pattern changing? Did the temperature fluctuate? Or was the pressure changing as well? 

Even if you were exposed to someone else that was sick and then all of a sudden you started getting a headache, those are all clues that will help us figure out how to diagnose what type of headache you have and therefore how we can help you avoid them.

    

Frustrated by having to fight a headache when the weather changes? You can start reducing your risk of weather-related headaches by talking to your doctor. 

Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say to keep a headache diary that includes:

  • Anything you ate that was not typical
  • Barometric pressure changes
  • If you were around anyone who was sick
  • Kind of headache
  • Temperature changes
  • Type of headache
  • Where the headache is located in your head
  • Weather pattern changes

By checking your diary, your doctor can help figure out what is causing your headache and make a plan to help you avoid headaches in the future.

For more information, talk with your doctor about how to reduce your risk of weather-related headaches.

Source: Richard Kim, MD, The Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Aaron Block, MD, Franklin Family Practice

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