Changes in weather can make you feel lousy

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The extreme heat and humidity is taking it's toll on all of us. Regardless of the time of year, weather will have an impact on our health.

It's not the weather itself but the changing weather patterns that can make us feel lousy.

Winnie Wright can always predict when thunderstorms are headed her way. It starts with a headache, often a very painful migraine.

"I can always tell when severe weather is on it's way a thunderstorm, my sinuses start hurting," she said.

Many of you shared with me on my facebook page that when the weather changes, you too fight this same problem. Lora Jarvis Williams wrote, "wicked headaches when fronts are coming in." Jennifer Branch Carden added, "sinuses kill me when the pressure drops, two sinus surgeries, still pathetic!!"

Dr. John Rothrock is a neurologist who frequently sees patients who say weather alone is the trigger that causes their migraines.

"Migraines love change and it's probably barometric pressure and barometric pressure changes, not the weather itself, but the change in the weather pattern," he said.

Developing spring and summer thunderstorms along with approaching fronts and low pressure systems will cause the barometer to fall, sometimes dramatically.

As the barometric pressure falls, nerve endings on the joints have receptors that can sense pressure changes causing that stiff, achy feeling.

If your sinuses are stopped up by a cold or allergies, air can become trapped in them. If the air pressure decreases, the difference between the high pressure air trapped inside your sinuses and the lower pressure outside causes an outward pressure, which can cause pain.

For many people like Wright who can 'feel the weather coming,' their relief comes when the storms are gone.

"I can feel the pressure changes, and soon as the storm passes, I can feel pressure is immediately relieved," Wright said.

Sadly, this relief will be temporary, until the next storm approaches.

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