Every year, more and more people are faced with the fact that when the weather changes, a headache. Especially this unpleasant condition annoys the eve of rain. Why is this happening? The answer to this and other questions related to the occurrence of a headache before the weather changes, we will consider in this article.
Headache and meteosensitivity
The occurrence of headache is associated with impaired functioning of the nervous system. The reasons for this can be very diverse, from natural physical or mental fatigue to serious diseases. Sometimes headaches are signs of illness, and sometimes they indicate the development of completely different disorders in the body.
In medicine, there are primary and secondary headaches. The first, are much less common than the second. They, as a rule, are of a cluster nature, and most often arise as an organism’s response to fatigue, emotional or nervous overstrain, stress, and so on. Secondary pains are signs of multiple diseases that a person may encounter.
Medical statistics suggest that almost half of the world’s population is familiar with a headache, and in the modern world about twenty percent of children under ten years are exposed to this ailment.
It should be noted that for people suffering from headaches, the quality of life is noticeably reduced, official medicine says.
The phrase “headache before the rain” is quite common. Such an unpleasant state is encountered by people suffering from meteosensitivity. You can still hear the terms “meteopathy” or “meteorological dependence.” What it is? This is the body’s response to changes in the weather, expressed by changes in the psyche and the appearance of pain syndromes. More than half the population of the entire planet is susceptible to this sensitivity, but it is noted that women are more likely to suffer changes in the weather than men. And in childhood, the weather can affect children under five, regardless of the sex of the child.
Causes of meteosensitivity
The body’s response to changes in weather conditions is expressed not only by a headache, but also by a decrease in the protective functions of the body, and also exacerbations of chronic diseases are possible. These violations occur because as a result of fluctuations in atmospheric pressure, the work of the cardiovascular system, venous tone, arteries, blood pressure indicators change. As a rule, such changes are typical for people with a history of a number of diseases. But with the concept of meteosensitivity, absolutely healthy people may also encounter when the weather changes very dramatically and has signs of natural disasters.
The change of weather usually react to those who have observed:
- mental disorder;
- hormonal disorders.
Also, well-being also depends on changes in the atmosphere, and those who have recently had a severe illness, have undergone surgery, experienced a strong emotional shock. Headaches before the weather changes are characteristic of people with skull injuries, diseases of the cardiovascular system, problems with the joints and the spine.
When taking steroid drugs, the body’s weather sensitivity is greatly enhanced.
Poor health when changing weather occurs due to the fact that there is a sharp decrease in the level of oxygen in the blood, which accordingly affects the tone of the blood vessels. In the future, it is possible gluing of erythrocytes, which leads to thrombosis.
When weather conditions change, nerve endings are irritated, and this changes the heart rate and blood pressure.
The dramatic warming, which brings a warm atmospheric front to the region, provokes pressure surges and air temperatures, which at first greatly decrease and then rapidly increase. These changes prevent a person from concentrating and overcoming the feeling of fatigue, especially since at high temperatures the thyroid gland performs its functions less productively.
When a cold snap begins, with strong wind and rain, then naturally, humidity and atmospheric pressure increase in the air. In humans, as a reaction to weather changes, active adrenaline production begins. Therefore, weather-dependent people experience a series of unpleasant symptoms during this period.
What weather changes affect people and cause headaches
Meteorically dependent people not only experience ailments when changing the weather, but also a day or two before the change of conditions, they begin to feel a number of unpleasant symptoms, including headache.
As a rule, this happens the day before:
- a sharp decrease in air temperature;
- drop in atmospheric pressure;
- with increasing temperature;
- increasing the humidity of the air;
- windy weather;
Ailments can accompany a person for several days after sudden changes in the weather.
Symptoms of meteosensitivity
Each organism is unique, therefore, the reaction to weather changes is different for everyone. But if we are already talking about meteorological dependence, then it should be noted that in this case, the negative manifestations have their own individuality. In some, on the eve of a change in the weather and during a time, there are prolonged intolerable headaches, someone feels acute malaise and drowsiness. In general, during this period may appear:
- quick fatigue;
- unreasonable irritability;
- noise in ears;
- muscle and joint pain;
- nausea, vomiting;
- ripple in the head and stuff.
Symptoms can appear in a complex or alone. People suffering from high blood pressure during the change of weather suffer enough from severe headaches. In this case, you can not ignore the symptoms. You should seek help from a specialist as a headache may indicate that an ischemic stroke is approaching. Timely diagnosis and measures taken can prevent serious consequences.
What to do to more easily tolerate the change of weather
Any unpleasant symptoms that occur in humans are a request for help from the body. Therefore, do not ignore them and self-medicate. It will be correct to ask for qualified help in the hospital, to be examined and find out the cause of poor health. Only after setting the correct diagnosis is effective treatment possible.
As a rule, after examining and ascertaining the causes of pathological changes that cause such an organism’s reaction to a change in the weather, special medications are selected.
With high blood pressure, it is recommended to take drugs to normalize it, for example, Enalapril, Fizioten, Captopril and others. They should be taken strictly on doctor’s prescription and in a strictly prescribed dosage.
When the headache is caused by swelling of the venous walls of the brain, then Ibuprofen, Meloxicam, Nimesulide, Aspirin are prescribed to remove it and eliminate the pain syndrome.
With a low tone of the veins, use preparations from the group of venotonics. Among the common and effective ones are Tempalgin, Citramon, Pentalgin.
If, in addition to the headache, when the weather changes, exacerbations of chronic ailments begin, in this case, appropriate treatment is necessary.
In addition to drugs, meteo-dependent people are advised to follow certain rules that will help them reduce their negative effects and feeling unwell during an abrupt change in the weather.
To do this, it is recommended to be more often in the fresh air, to practice walking. Also shown:
- a contrast shower, it helps to accustom vessels to temperature changes;
- adherence to a special diet, which excludes fried, spicy foods, sweets, alcohol, tea, coffee;
- control of weather changes, it helps to take preventive medications in advance, which will make it easier to tolerate weather changes;
- observance of sleep and nutrition, you must go to bed and get up at the same time, the same applies to meals;
- taking vitamins, especially in the spring and autumn season;
- massage manipulations in the head area, which allows to improve blood circulation in the brain vessels. It is necessary to start the massage at the first sign of headache and continue for at least five minutes;
- application of cold compresses. With a strong throbbing pain, a towel soaked in cold water and applied to the temples will help to improve your well-being;
- the use of warm compresses, they are shown with pressing pains. In this case, a warm compress is applied to the back of the neck.
As you can see, with meteorological dependence, to eliminate negative symptoms, including headache, a special approach is needed, which consists in the whole complex of measures aimed at improving well-being. Among them:
- adherence to the day;
- walking tours;
- balanced diet;
- taking vitamin complexes;
- full sleep.
And only after that taking medication to relieve symptoms.
Of course, it is impossible to completely get rid of meteorological dependence, but the indicated actions will help to significantly alleviate the state during the period of sharp weather changes and improve the quality of life.