barometric pressure change migraines

  1. 17 years ago

    I have just discovered your website and I will be saving it as a favourite!

    I have suffered from allergies and sinus problems for many years. Until recently I have NOT been a migraine sufferer. I quit smoking 15 months ago. I find that my sinuses are more sensitive since I quit, including more congestion. I have always been sensitive to the changes in barometric pressure but now the changes cause migraine headaches. Is there anything I can take to prevent the migraines? I have heard about Feverfew but I think that it is more appropriate for people who suffer from migraines more often.

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

  2. There's an article about this on You may have to dig a bit look under health I think. I get horrible barometric migraines, when the change is fast.

    I live in coastal Florida and I knew Hurricane Floyd wasn't going to hit because I had no headache but Hurricane Irene put me to bed for 3 days. I evacuated for Floyd (mandatory) anyway, Irene caught us by surprise and there was no evacuation but we had tree & some household damage. Go figure....

  3. Doc Kelley

    Jan 2003 Administrator

    Hello Ruth-Anne,

    Glad you are enjoying the website. Sorry this reply is so late, but my computer crashed last week and I am just getting back in the loop with all my correspondence.

    Migraines are OFTEN the result of food allergies and/or subluxations in the upper cervical spine. Do not hesitate to consult with a chiropractic physician in your area. Even better, call 800-614-4400 and ask for the name and phone number of a certified enzyme therapy doctor of chiropractic. That way you could also obtain some very effective nutritional recommendations and support for your allergies and sinus problems.

    Congratulations on quitting smoking. It can take years for your body to clean out the residue of years of smoking. During that time you can experience more problems with your sinuses since they are a major detoxification pathway for you. Again, the above recommendation can help you learn what you need to do to clean out your system more thoroughly and effectively.

    The increased sensitivity to barometric pressure is likely due to the increased congestion that you have noticed.

    Feverfew is an excellent herb for headaches, and many people have reported it has helped relieve their migraine headache-type pain. It would be worth a try, but seriously consider the suggestion above so you can determine the CAUSE of your problem and work to correct that.

    Also, last but not least, please check out the area on my website where I discuss food additives, artificial sweeteners, and MSG. Likewise, I always share the article on inflammatory foods with my patients who suffer from recurrent migraines. There almost always seems to be refief from avoiding as many of these things as possible.

    Best of Health,

    Doc Kelley

  4. Doc Kelley

    Jan 2003 Administrator

    Hello Byrdie,

    You may want to look at my response to Ruth-Anne. Some of the suggestions for her may be of some benefit for you as well.

    Best of Health,

    Doc Kelley

  5. Hello Doc Kelley,

    I will follow up on all of your suggestions. It makes sense for me to find out the cause of my congestion problems before proceeding with treatment.

    Thank you for the advice!

  6. Doc Kelley

    Jan 2003 Administrator

    Hi Ruth-Anne,

    You are welcome.

    Let me know how you do.

    Best of Health,

    Doc Kelley

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