Recent research indicates there may be a correlation between heat and migraines. In one study of 77 migraine sufferers, 62% of participants were sensitive to weather conditions. Additionally, 34% of study participants were sensitive to absolute temperature and humidity, 14% were sensitive to changing weather patterns, and 13% were sensitive to barometric pressure. Among these study participants, 39% were sensitive to one of the aforementioned weather factors, and 12% were sensitive to two of these factors.
To date, there is no research that actually confirms there is a correlation between heat and migraines. Researchers continue to investigate the potential link between heat and migraines, and additional studies are necessary to verify if heat can actually cause migraine symptoms.
Ultimately, there are several internal and external factors that may cause migraines. These factors include:
- Emotional or physical stress
- Hormonal changes
- Smoking or exposure to smoke
- Too little or too much sleep
Anatomical factors may also trigger migraines. In fact, there are four anatomical migraine triggers:
- Forehead: Results in migraine pain above the eye or on the forehead.
- Temples: Causes migraine pain to one or both sides of the temples.
- Nose: Leads to migraine pain behind the eye that affects one or both sides of the nose.
- Neck: Involves migraine pain from the back of the neck that affects one or both sides of the neck.
For those who experience migraines, it is crucial to find out what is triggering these headaches. That way, migraine sufferers can take the necessary steps to alleviate their migraine pain both now and in the future.
How Does Dr. Cabin Help Patients Address Migraine Pain?
Dr. Jonathan Cabin of The Migraine Institute understands migraine triggers vary from person to person. Fortunately, Dr. Cabin tailors each treatment to a patient’s migraine triggers. This approach ensures Dr. Cabin can help a patient achieve long-term migraine pain relief.
Prior to visiting Dr. Cabin, an individual must receive a chronic migraine diagnosis from a neurologist. If this individual finds his or her migraine medications cause unwanted side effects or fail to deliver the desired results, Dr. Cabin then can meet with him or her to explore alternative treatment options.
Dr. Cabin offers interventional migraine treatments. To determine which migraine treatment will work best, Dr. Cabin first conducts a full patient evaluation. He examines a patient’s migraine symptoms and medical history and performs a series of tests. Also, Dr. Cabin often asks a patient to maintain a journal to track his or her migraine symptoms.
Following a patient assessment, Dr. Cabin may recommend Botox injections or minimally invasive surgery. Botox for migraines temporarily prevents nerve cell signals from reaching muscles in the face, thereby reducing abnormal muscle contractions that otherwise cause migraines. Surgery for migraines permanently removes faulty nerve signals in the brain that lead to migraines.
Dr. Cabin develops a custom migraine treatment plan for each patient. He teaches patients about their migraine treatment options and helps them prepare accordingly. Plus, Dr. Cabin monitors a patient’s progress to ensure this individual can alleviate his or her migraine symptoms.
Chronic migraine sufferers who find their current medications are insufficient may benefit from a consultation with Dr. Cabin. To find out more, please contact us today at 310.461.0303.