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cyndie wrote at 2008-01-10 03:32:05
maybe this will help...I'm a migraine sufferer and have lived on both coasts, in the midwest and now east Texas. Inland Southern California was the best area for me. Philadelphia and Iowa were both moderately difficult. Texas has been a nightmare. Myheadaches are triggered by barometric pressure changes.


Ken wrote at 2008-01-27 20:25:09
Actually Honolulu is the lowest in the US with San Diego the lowest on the main land.  Areas around Seattle also are very good.


JwLee wrote at 2008-10-19 15:29:17
There has to be somewhere in the USA where the pressure fluctuation is minimal - like maybe the desert areas of Arizona or Nevada - but, like you I am trying to find the answer.


Tracie wrote at 2009-02-13 01:01:34
I know Colorado isn't the best place to live.  Seems Spring and Fall our the worst.  Right about the time the weather stablizes along comes a change.  If you find a place with minimal changes, I'd be very interested.  I've suffered with migraines for 40+ years.


lisa010 wrote at 2009-02-15 17:39:17
Regarding my migraines,I haven't found anyplace in the US where I haven't been affected by pressure changes (up and down).  I haven't been everywhere, but I've been affected in the following areas in the US:



New Mexico

Maryland - i.e in The Mid Atlantic

Virginia

SF and North, California

Massachusetts - i.e. New England

Louisiana - i.e. in the South

Florida

Chicago, Illinois when there was a HUGE hurricane in Louisiana. I can usually feel a hurricane around 400 miles away.

Las Vegas, NV but there was a HUGE wind storm.



The Only place that I've found in world travels when I was headache-free for over a full month was Hyderabad, India in January/Feb.  


Kit Kat wrote at 2009-06-02 18:55:45
I too have been suffering from migraines (every day) for 30+ years and I currently live in Illinois. I noticed that when I vacationed in Florida - Atlantic Coast - my migraines were not as severe, but they were still there. I have been trying to find a place that has "stable" barometric pressure since I am extremely sensitive to the pressure changes - days before a storm hits even if it isn't in my state. I can feel a storm as it is forming - Tornados are the worst. I knew before the Hurricanes hit that we were in for some nasty weather. Is there a state that has "stable" barometric pressure? I am tired of taking medicine and living with this my entire life.


Cliff wrote at 2010-02-18 08:46:12
What I've heard agrees with what Ken wrote at 2008-01-27 20:25:09, namely, that San Diego and Hawaii are the best for barometric pressure stability, but I have no scientific evidence to back it up.



As someone who has experienced migraines for over 40 years, and who just recently developed Meniere's Disease, I am convinced that changes in barometric pressure can affect both because I have tracked it in relation to both conditions.



I can tell you from personal experience how the following regions affected me:



Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Not too badly. I'm thinking about heading back there. My wife and I are currently living in Fairbanks, Alaska.



Eastern Kentucky and Michigan: Badly.



Fairbanks, Alaska: Horribly. The barometric pressure is in almost constant flux here. I originally moved here because of the low humidity, thinking that my headaches were due to changes in humidity. I was wrong.


me-grainer wrote at 2010-04-29 00:53:50
you can look up pretty much any place on earth with usually hourly barometric pressure graph at weather underground, including any month/year archived as long as the station was connected.

And yes for example looking at April 2010 it shows only 1-2hPa/mm daily oscillations for Honolulu and the tropical locations like Polynesia, Thailand, India (I guess not in all seasons). Areas on all except northern (bordering with temperate climates) edges of deserts like San Diego/LA are where pressure slowly climbs 5-6hPa up and down several times a month.

Now compare that to the nightmare of most of Europe, London to Cannes to Turkey, where jumps of 10-20hPA within 24-48hrs are a norm and the range within a week can on occasion reach 50hPa (since they count in mm it would be 770 to 720mm). New York beats Europe this April with a couple of 30hPa falls within 48hrs each. I guess you can look up any season any place like that but the pattern seems pretty clear.


jdincanada wrote at 2010-11-15 17:56:26
I can relate to everyone here.  Here's my experience:  Lived in Charlotte, NC and hurricane season was bad and the intensity of the migraine was in relation to how strong the hurricane was. Dallas, Tx, not as bad as NC. I'm currently living in Waterloo, Ontario and the pressure here has constant high fluctuations. When a migraine comes on, I always check Weather Underground and chart out the barometric pressure. Even though it doesn't help my head, at least it's nice to confirm what's causing it and know I'm not just imagining it. As to the perfect location, I believe everyone has a threshold range. For me any change greater than around 15hPa within a 48 hour period will trigger a headache (one I can control with sinus meds before it turns to a migraine), 20hPa a full migraine that I may or may not be able to get under control. So, a perfect location for someone equally affected would be anywhere with a history of less than 15hPa change within any 48 hour period.


NRP wrote at 2011-05-27 02:12:28
Hi! I suffer from migraines related to barometric pressure as well. I am from Canada and have found this website which has proven to be quite helpful. It sends out alerts 24 hours prior to a potential migraine attack based on the barometric pressure. I think it only covers Canada but maybe there is a US equivalent. http://www.mediclim.com/


Iowa_is_hell wrote at 2011-06-17 02:25:50
I started getting headaches while in college in Grand junction, Colorado (avg--8 inches rain per year). I think all the stress of living alone in an isolated region made them "come out" of dormancy. After school, i moved back to Iowa (avg 36-40 inch rain per year), thinking the headaches would lessen from stress-reduction. WRONG!!!! The horrible eastern Iowa climate, with constant pressure, temp, humidity changes EVERY OTHER DAY, made my migraines about 7-10 times worse. I recently spent 6 months back in Grand Junction, and the dry, low humidity, and stable climate made them less SEVERE and less frequent. I don't understand people claiming that their migraines are better in a wet climate with all that nasty humidity...When a big blast of humidity and heat come in, I sometimes have to go to hospital becuase the pain is so intense...my sinuses might also be contributor?


Gadgitgal wrote at 2011-06-18 20:54:14
I live in lexington ky. At end if tornado alley. South of any great lakes storm systems north of  any Fl southern systems and not far Enough from east coast systems. And I DIE with barometric pressure migraines.  My HVAC tech husband noticed the patterns before I did c( I was focused on food journal triggers per doc at time). Weather temp changes 20 degrees or more cold front warm fronts any storm systems and I'm a goner.  My  dr. Said go to ER OR CLINIC have IV injection of saline at drip that takes about 45 minutes to hydrate my blood vessels and then iv injection into iv tube of arthritis anti-inflammatory TORADOL.  U can literally feel vise grip on head unwinding no dopey drunkenness afterwards could get up after 15 minutes and run marathon u feel Sooo good. BUT. pill form is bad for ur heart I was told and NOT as effective. Toradol in hip is waste needs bloodstream directly I find best. I think too pressure migraines may be from brain vessels constructing too much too quickly like a diver going too deep in ocean dives. Reading about migraines u can see too fast OR too slow     Blood running thru brain blood vessels will cause migraines. So I think too much constriction if my vessels causes nerve endings to SCREAM in pain. my head can tell bad weather coming better than Toto in wizard of oz. And central KY stinks for barometric pressure changes. I'm ex military kid and been military too myself and have lived in following and KY has been worst





TX. AZ. ALASKA. MICHIGAN  ARKANSAS MISSOURI COLORADO GERMANY NC FL ( where during super bad hurricane season had 1st migraine 17 years ago) and now KY.



Can't get husband to leave KY for HAwaii. Yet



Best wishes to all u fellow migraineurs ( oh hell, migraine succeeded :0)


DRM wrote at 2011-07-24 18:42:06
I have lived in Hawaii and had terrible migraines.  I know they say it's supposed to be a helpful environment and maybe it will help some but it didn't help me at all.  I also have lived briefly in Nevada and live in South Carolina and both are not helpful at all.  Not sure if the locations are the problem or the type of migraines I have are going to occur no matter where I live.  Just don't want people to think that a move to a new locale will definitely be a cure all.  Travel somewhere for a month or so before thinking about a permanent move.  


Lee wrote at 2011-08-27 13:46:30
I've only been getting migraines for a few years, they started my freshman year of high school and they run in the family about one person each generation, I guess I was the lucky one this time around, each of us has a different trigger mine being the weather, and I must say that New England is terrible. I feel every thunderstorm, snowstorm, Nor' Easter and hurricane that hits near by. The more intense the storm the worse the migraine.I haven't traveled around much outside of New England, but when I went to Florida last winter I still was getting them, and flying was terrible. At the time I had infections in both ears which in all likelihood made things worse but it was the worst I had ever gotten, I was sobbing on the poor man next to me and my head felt like nails were being driven into it.  


mike wrote at 2011-09-15 02:50:28
I had them in the northwest (both washington and oregon) chicago, and georgia.  Phoenix, AZ has been the best by far for me.  When I moved from Chicago down to AZ I was worried they would increase with the intense sun but the amount I experienced cut in half or better.  


Montanablu wrote at 2011-10-13 01:39:03
I am so happy to have found this site. I am so depressed, I can't deal with these headaches anymore. We have lived in Charlotte for 2 years now and it has been the worst by far. I feel like I'm wasting away. Feb, Mar and April was really bad this year and now Sept. and Oct. are terrible. There are constant pressure changes here. I found an app for droid that has the pressure changes on it but by the time I look at them it's too late and the pain is coming on. I lived in Great Falls, MT before here (the wind caused and pressure caused some pain there), before that Northeast GA (it was 2nd to Charlotte in pain), before that Ogden, UT (hardly EVER got any headaches!! then again it hardly rained) and the #1 place was the island of Crete, GREECE. NEVER had any headaches there...or if I did they were too small to remember. Of course we can't move back to Greece so where do I go?? My husband might have a chance to move to Phoenix. I read on WiseGeek that many have moved there and have had no problems....what do you all think????


lisa wrote at 2012-06-02 05:28:05
whatever you do, don't move to charleston, sc! i have always sufferered from migraines but charleston is the worst! i've had a migraine for 21 out of 30 days in the last month. i am trying to find a place that's drivable for me to visit my daughter who lives here. anyone know anything about asheville nc?


wolfiemom wrote at 2012-06-05 19:26:11
I currently live in Charleston, SC and during the summer I usually have a migraine everyday. I have also lived up and down the East coast and as far west as Texas, with extended stays in the Caribbean. And I must say I was miserable everywhere except on open water, I'm an avid fisher, and down in the Caribbean.



As for treatments, I see a headache specialist and have literally tried everything;botox, antidepressants, beta-blockers, calcium-channel blockers, statins and preventatives. Topamax definitely helps for my daily headaches and chronic migraines but does nothing for my pressure migraines. Nothing helps for those but sleep and patience because they tend to last 3-5 days.



And about Asheville, NC, I visit there often and Mountain climate is just as unstable as coastal, especially the southern Appalachians.  


vangligo wrote at 2012-06-12 21:28:25
I have suffered from migraines since the age of 15. I have lived in Holtville, California (total desert) until I went to college then moved to Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley area where they seem to be getting worse lately. I livd in Souther Idaho for 10 years and they were preety bad there too.  


alaskangirl89 wrote at 2012-06-25 07:41:30
I'm so sorry for all of you but so happy to have found you. My neurologist calls my migraines "complicated." I would have never even admitted to my own husband that I thought the weather could be a trigger before today. I just started taking Topamax a few weeks ago and it seems promising for the bigger migraines but these lingering pressure migraines aren't budging. I have lived in Homer, Alaska for over 20 years and when they say "if you don't like the weather, wait a minute" they mean it. So, I would not recommend any of you moving here for relief. I never made the connection between my headaches and the climate but I did notice when I was on vacation in Las Vegas, I didn't get carsick. That was the only time in my entire life I was able to read a map in a moving vehicle without being violently ill. I'm making my husband move us there this fall.



There could also be a connection with the humidity. We only get about 60 clear days a year here and I remember feeling pretty lousy in New York while it was really muggy and rainy (though for New York City I would put up with a lot)


Cheri H wrote at 2012-07-02 06:36:55
I live in Michigan and suffer constant migraines...I just cannot break the cycles. I am trying to get my husband to move but don't honestly know where to move to.

I know the weather effects my migraines and with the barometric changes I actually get huge knots that form on my neck at the base of my skull. Topomax does help some I guess and I get botox injections every 3 months. I also get injections every week of lidocain and marcain to help with the pain in my neck, shoulders and spine. I take other pain meds and Zanaflex helps with the neck pain if others suffer with neck issues.

However....I have to get out of Michigan!!! It's literally killing me. I can only go - at the most - a day or a day and a half without a full on migraine. I ALWAYS have at least the dull pain of one. I have been given Stadol...which is a nasal spray...as a last resort to stop me from going to the ER.

I am thinking about Arizona, Nevada or California. Does anybody have any suggestions for me.


Katia wrote at 2012-07-26 15:24:52
Looking at all of these posts i cannot decide if i feel better knowing there are so many of you out there or saddened that others go through the pain and suffering that i go through. It is such a debilitating illness and one that people do not understand unless you suffer from them. Every person will have different triggers....... but tracking the barometric pressure relative to the onset of a migraine can help conclude if it is the pressure change that is the cause AND tracking this can help you decide what climate will suit your needs. I have started injections into my head called nerve blockers........ It numbs the nerves to tell my brain that it is not feeling pain for that time being. It is the sister drug of the freezing you would get from your dentist. It has worked for other people but has not helped me yet (8 months later).

I hope that everyone posting on this board finds some relief in some way.



Places that friends/family friends have relocated to try to alleviate their migraines are:



Arizona

Hawaii

San Diego

Bahamas

Amalfi Coast (Italy)


Floridian wrote at 2012-07-28 01:28:53
Tallahassee, FL....is absolute worst! Rains constantly and pressure changes are massive with national weather mixing with Gulf weather...not to mention it has the worst allergen causing plants. The oaks turn everything outside yellow for weeks in the spring.... Beautiful city though. Go Noles!!  


Florida not the Answer wrote at 2012-08-14 13:47:20
Don't move to Florida if changes in weather cause migraines.  Whenever I start to feel sick I just look outside and can see the clouds moving in.  We may be nicknamed the "Sunshine State" but the reason everything is so green, is because we also gets lots of rain, not to mention, hurricanes, tropical storms.  I find it is not as bad here in the winter time (so the snowbirds have the right idea) but summers are awful.  


Steph wrote at 2012-09-22 05:19:10
I will add to the confusion, I get sinus headaches from the fluctuating pressure changes but worse yet is the pain from my fusion in my lower back! I can tell you that a front is coming in before it does by the way my damaged nerves feel, they  tingle, ache and burn all together with out let up. Almost like electrical currents. And then the bones just down right ache.  

We live in the fort Collins, CO area for the last year and love it here...we're hoping it would be our retirement area, but now I wonder...is the pain worth living in an area you love?

Idaho has inversions that are bad, Tennessee gets lots of storms and is bad.  My visit to ND and Fla was not too bad but I have lived there and don't want to go back.  AZ is just downright ugly in my opinion so it is not a choice....

Any suggestions?


Steph wrote at 2012-09-22 05:35:18
I will add to the confusion, I get sinus headaches from the fluctuating pressure changes but worse yet is the pain from my fusion in my lower back! I can tell you that a front is coming in before it does by the way my damaged nerves feel, they  tingle, ache and burn all together with out let up. Almost like electrical currents. And then the bones just down right ache.  

We live in the fort Collins, CO area for the last year and love it here...we're hoping it would be our retirement area, but now I wonder...is the pain worth living in an area you love?

Idaho has inversions that are bad, Tennessee gets lots of storms and is bad.  My visit to ND and Fla was not too bad but I have lived there and don't want to go back.  AZ is just downright ugly in my opinion so it is not a choice....

Any suggestions?


JulieH01 wrote at 2012-11-05 21:54:39
I live in Phoenix and am on Topamax. I'm considering moving to San Diego. Barometric pressure changes are extreme here during monsoon, and topamax doesn't help with that. From April to October I am miserable, then November to March the normal 8 days or so a month with topamax. Don't forget temp extremes can trigger migraines. Extreme heat in Phoenix added with humidity during monsoon season and I'm talking serious weather migraine misery!


delcina betts wrote at 2012-12-02 19:30:28


I have lived all over the country and traveled the world, I have migraines and am treated at the Mayo clinic with significant meds to simply get through each day. I live in AZ where I have found that barametric pressure seems the least troublesome with the exception of rainy season. However this is not the only cause of my pain issues. Stress, smell, diet and other factors are triggers. Before someone goes off and relocates, remember a really healthy life makes a difference. I have found that exercise and diet, for me this includes hiking, biking, and other daily forms of exercising, living an active healthy life makes a huge difference in decreasing the number of migrainesI have. Read labels, and eat as much pure food as possible. diet also makes a really big difference and I gave up drinking alcohol..  


Brain Pain DC wrote at 2012-12-14 17:51:23
I've been on and off disability for migraines since 2008. I live in the Washington, DC area and the barometric pressure changes are my main trigger. My aunt just bought a winter home in Phoenix and I am considering going there to live for a month to see how my head does there. After Phoenix, I was also considering trying LA over San Diego only because I know people there and I spent a week and each city and San Diego was a migraine nightmare and LA was treatable. Hard to really test out with the flight and different seasons though. Any thoughts on LA would be appreciated. Glad I found this board.



Things that have helped me - quitting alcohol and caffeine. It was tough but it definitely stabilizes things. Also regular exercise was a turning point. I started out walking around the block, pausing for exertion pain to subside. Exertion pain eventually went away. I also quit smoking, and now smoke really aggravates headaches for me but I'm not positive that improved anything but my ability to breathe and exercise regularly. Also, it has saved me thousands of dollars.


Cog in Georgia wrote at 2012-12-26 21:04:01
I am a migraine sufferer as well.  Columbus, ga is not that bad except during the rainy seasons and we don't always have them.  It just depends if we are in a drought year.  But if sinuses are your triggers as well, Columbus and the state of Georgia are not for you.  I am looking at relocating options, but I have so much to consider.  This board is very helpful.  Please keep posting.


Donna wrote at 2012-12-31 20:23:27
I suffer from fibro-myalgia, as well as migraines from four years old. I live in Florida and check the weather channel every time I feel a change which is several times a day. I become quite frustrated when it says the pressure is stable when I know its changing either up or down. Later when I check back the weather channel has caught up to my prediction. They should use me since I'm 100% more accurate then their instruments. I can tell you the change is sometimes hourly. Don't move here, I will keep my eye on the areas recommended. Thanks



BTW Steph's aches, pains, and tingling sound like fibro did you ever have lyme disease many fibro suffers including myself had it.


Steph wrote at 2013-01-23 16:56:23
Donna, no I have never had lymes disease.  

Wow, we had a 73 point drop in our barometric pressure 2 weeks ago and talk about hurt!  It is in my ears and lower right jaw/teeth and won't seem to let up.  Have any of you had it last this long? What do you do for the ear and teeth aching?




Mic wrote at 2013-01-28 16:29:37
Dear Stephanie, I use water. Submerge yourself under the water in a full bathtub to change the pressure against my WHOLE body.

If you have a hot tub it is even better. Hope this helps, you do have to put your head under the water too.  If you hold your nose, it changes the pressure inside your sinus cavity as well as your head.  


Laura wrote at 2013-02-05 03:56:34
Mic - I want to try your submersion trick.  How long do you stay under?  Do you come up for air and then go under again for an extended time?  



Thanks!


Alex wrote at 2013-02-13 16:37:40
So I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and survived.  I now have cluster headaches from the surgery and is greatly affected by barometric pressure.  I usually feel them every other day and I get a severe one once a week. I live in Louisville, KY and I have been to Arizona during May and July and I had no headaches.  The bad thing is, my family lives here in KY so it is hard for me to leave.  I have been on almost every type of abortive pill available (Topamax was hell), currently it's Zomig and am on 3 preventative medications: Verapamil, Keppra, and Baclofen. I am almost ready to pack up and move to AZ or HI.  My wife wants to move to New Zealand since she is a LoTR fan and I am not sure as to how it is there or in Australia.  Any ideas would be helpful!


Fina wrote at 2013-03-17 23:49:31
I always get an attack of migraine exacerbating my rhinitis when I am in Los Angeles and the barometric pressure changes. It is so bad it easily turns to a sinus infection and not even Aleve helps. I have also gotten sever vertigo associated with it. Craziness. I would not suggest LA if you have sinus issues with your pressure related migraines or extreme dry heat ones. When the weather here turns very hot and dry, especially with winds, I am doomed. Using a Neti system, the squeeze bottle rather than the pot, seems to help quite a bit. And natural anti-inflammatories are a little help. Time to go home. I experience it far less severely in Chicago, my hometown. I seldom experience it when in Italy, but it has happened. Good luck!


Ladyjock wrote at 2013-05-03 01:14:54
Like many others here I have been a migraine sufferer for years.  I have been under the care of the foremost migraine doctor in Vancouver, Canada for 15+ years.  Many years ago he explained to me that living on the west coast of Canada was one of the worst choices for me because of how I react to barometric pressure changes.  I don't believe as many do that there is a "one best place to live" - rather it is important to find a place where there are minimal seasonal changes.  In the Spring and Fall in Vancouver the weather can change from showers to sunny on a daily basis - rendering me a basket case. I do find that long stretches of consistent weather, whether it be all rain or all sun are easier on me than the changes.  That is why several weeks in Phoenix in the sun on vacation can be joyous. (Assuming I am getting good sleep and am not bothered by allergies). BTW: I was told that a high degree of migraine patients also suffer from motion sickness.  Interesting!!

When I feel the pressure building in my brain - if you've had the feeling, you know it - I do one of two things.  Take a long shower or go swimming.  Like the example given by a previous writer it changes the pressure in the body and can give some relief.  

Unfortunately, I cannot move to Phoenix so I am a slave to my daily medications.  


Nic wrote at 2013-05-08 15:17:15
I have moved to the South Coast of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa (subtropical climate) a year ago, and it has been my best year EVER! The barometric pressure is more constant here, BUT April is the worst month for weather changes here and May is better: from there it is pretty much smooth sailing for most of the year. The warm sea temperature has a stabilizing effect on the temperature, which helps a lot too and the oxygen levels are higher! Day and night temperature don't fluctuate that much either. My productivity has increased hugely due to much better health! I came here for holidays often before I made the move - and it was worth it! I suffer from migraines and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity / Chronic Fatique Syndrome - yet I don't think my new neighbours would believe it, since I have enjoyed great health and exercised on the beach, jogging with my Dobermans and swimming most of the past year. Of course the pollution is much less here too. My family understands and come to visit me here on vacation, because I don't want to travel inland and experience the level of health problems I used to. I should mention too that I started taking Rhodiola from SOLGAR to improve my sleep a few months before I moved and it contributes a lot to my health too. There is hope..


Gail wrote at 2013-05-28 17:28:30
Do not move to Texas!  Too many fronts move through here.  I am best during the summer when it is hot and humid.  I have become sensitive to lower humidity also.  All it takes is for the humidity to drop to the 40's for me to feel it.  My husband thinks somewhere around the equator with a humid climate might work.  Went to Roatan in April and did not have a migraine for 9 days but it was not the rainy season.  


wardogUSMC wrote at 2013-06-02 20:37:10
Hey folks, as a disabled veteran whose pain level and brain-injury-related migraines are all *strongly* affected by barometric pressure, please note that barometric pressure changes with altitude and temperature too!  



Example: I had moved to AZ thinking the dry climate would help, but the elevation negated any benefit, and the hot/cold swings actually made it worse sometimes.  



So far the best place for pain attacks / migraines in the USA was New Orleans (they weren't gone, but they were very predictable there).  The bottom end of NC (Wilmington) was also comparatively better.



Globally, anywhere that's on a coast, with a trade wind, in the tropics seems to work pretty well -- tropical areas tend to be stable in termperature, coastal areas are obviously not going to have altitude issues, and trade winds seem to help because any weather gets moved along immediatel;y so there isn't much time for it to affect me.



I'm actually living in a certain place right now that has been wonderful for my pain/migraines, but I won't suggest it here because there are a lot of racism and poverty issues that (even for an old war dog like me) are hard to handle.  All I can suggest for Americans is Puerto Rico or Guam, assuming you don't mind the occasional hurricane... I went through Katrina, so I'm trying the southern hemisphere instead.


wardogUSMC wrote at 2013-06-02 20:42:51
Forgot to add - I tried San Diego - SD is *extremely* expensive so if your migraines are disabling you, you won't be able to afford it.  Personally I found the town was nice, in a too-clean yuppie kind of way, and the people were pretty much spoiled brats.  A former colleague of mine is currently in Honolulu and he reports essentially the same things there - *insane* cost of living and very posh types.


sddave wrote at 2013-12-12 00:57:54
I would NOT say San Diego is a great place to go for relief from migraines as has been stated.   Yes, it might not rain a lot but when it does you will suffer badly.  The weather can go from hot and humid from storms from Mexico, to extremely dry from high pressure in the deserts that cause Santa Ana's and also to rainy conditions.   Mostly in the winter and occasionally in the summer.  And the temperature can vary greatly in the winter.   I have suffering from pressure changes and migraines in San Diego for years.    San Francisco might be better where the pressure fluctuations aren't so wild.  IMO.


Danielle wrote at 2014-02-24 01:20:08
I have suffered from severe and debilitating migraines ever since I can remember. I have large lumps in the base of my head and can feel my head and blood vessels just pounding and pulsating. My right eye and right side of head always feels worse with so much pressure on that side. I live in Indiana and can always tell a few days before the weather is going to change or a front is coming in because I am in so much pain or I'm down with a serious migraine. I also get migraines from other triggers but the worse is the weather. I too really want to move (how I stumbled on to this site) and am seriously considering moving not only for my migraines but I also have arthritis, fibro and degenerative disc disease with lots of damage in my back and neck. I'm female and just turned 42. I am on topamax every night and take zomig when I get a full blown migraine. Those are the only meds that have ever helped at all besides going to the ER and getting a shot. You think since we know what causes it someone could figure out what would help them or really prevent them especially with the weather.. But I was wondering if anyone else ever noticed this.. I have had a dentist appointment before when I have had a severe migraine (so bad I could hardly sit there and that's last place I wanted to be of course!) but when they gave me the "happy gas" after a few minutes I felt my neck start loosening up and not being so stiff and rigid and the pressure in my head started to lessen.. then by the time I was done and they turned it off my migraine was completely gone and the muscles in my neck had released and were loosened up (before I could hardly turn my head or bend my head). I told them I couldn't believe after a dentist appointment my headache was gone! And I asked how the happy gas could have helped but I knew that's what it was.. they said they've had other people say that and that it's probably because of the pure oxygen you are getting with it that it somehow helps. I don't know what it is or how it helps but I have had migraines again when I've gone in and same thing has happened so there is something with happy gas or the oxygen that totally gets rid of a migraine!! Docs need to look into that. I would have a tank of oxygen handy for my migraines if it would help!! Just thought that was very interesting..


Draconis wrote at 2014-02-25 18:28:38
I have searched all over for this information and finally found a breakdown, by major US city and by state, of the best and worst places by variation in daily barometric pressure changes. I was not satisfied with the "Move to Maui or San Diego" answers I kept finding. The author wrote this blog for the benefit of their company's employees and unfortunately they did not give their source for this data, but it looks pretty consistent with the results I've seen reported so if anyone else is interested, have a look:

http://blog.securevideo.com/tag/barometric-pressure-cities/


leahbug wrote at 2014-03-16 04:30:17
I have had migraines since I was 17 years old. I am 57 now.  They have changed over the years from hormonal migraines to daily chronic migraines (for 15 years now). These 24/7 headaches are interlaced with bad episodes affected by the barometric pressure changes in the last 10 years at least since I discovered this pattern and began watching weather underground.



If you are looking for a place to avoid, hopefully you have learned that the midwest is a bad place to live if you are affected by barometric pressure changes.  In downstate Illinois, where I live, the weather changes so much and I feel like I am in the middle of a boxing match.  Check out the historical barometric pressure for the last 10 months here.  It has been absurd.



For someone young that is just learning to deal with headaches and migraines, and using the internet to try to figure out how to deal with it themselves ... you can't. You can really do yourself a favor to find a headache specialist to try some medicines to mitigate the frequency and severity of headaches.  Just do yourself a favor and record before you go into your appointment the weather, stressors, caffeine, sleep, food, drinking, exercise, women/cycle that occur around about a two months worth of headaches.  This will expedite your treatment so much having this in hand (charted neatly so the doctor can scan it quickly) rather than being told to go away and come back when you have documented it. You may not get rid of your headaches with the help of a doctor, sadly, if you are predisposed to them but with a doctor you can find some solutions  (some pain in the rear trial and error, though) to manage them and minimize them.  



I have been through more than a dozen trial drugs to see what helped - I am old.



Since 1996 I take a medicine daily (anti-epileptic but I've never had seizures) RX to reduce the frequency and severity of episodic migraines. I also have 2 pain RX's I alternate to use daily for the chronic daily headaches.  The pain meds are not strong enough to touch the episodic migraines.  I alternate these 2 pain RX's so I don't get rebound headaches and don't build a tolerance to them.  I have been on the same dose of these pain meds for over 5 years.  So, while I don't like being in pain, it is something I do have to deal with and have at least found a way to feel better when I have to be social.



Retiring to San Diego, though, sounds like a plan.  I think two month long vacations there in February and one in October to test it out are in order in the next few years to test it out. I have visited for a few weekends over the years and the weather was perfect.


Elisabeth wrote at 2014-06-06 17:38:47
I have lived in quite a few places and my experiences have been telling as I know how severe one location can be compared to the next.  In Columbus, Ohio, I had many headaches in frequency, less in severity.  In Costa Mesa, California (about 4 miles from coast in Central Orange County) I had my best experience.  I rarely had any headache at all, and when I did it was typically a hormone related one.  Hermosa Beach, California (on the coast) I also had very few headaches.  Chicago, Illinois, by far the worst experience yet.  Headaches nearly every day, migraines often once or twice a week.  There was no relief at any time of the year there for me.  Dallas, Texas, Spring was filled with light, relievable headaches, and Summer has been one week of a migraine so far.  I will update as my time here goes on but we are actively pursuing a move back to Southern California.  It was the only place I was able to live like a normal human being.  I just went about my day without a thought towards my head which is something I haven't been able to do since we left.  Best of luck to everyone else seeking relief.  I feel your pain.  Literally!


maggie wrote at 2014-10-02 22:44:49
Something that I recently learned is that some people are triggered by low barometric pressure and some are triggered by high barometric pressure--not everyone with weather-related migraines are the same. Based on when my migraines hit me, I've concluded that it's low pressure, and therefore drops in the pressure, that trigger my migraines. Those of you who have done well in high-humidity, tropical environments: you are likely more affected by high pressure and rises in the pressure.



As far as places I've lived and how they've affected me, considering it's low pressure that triggers my migraines, here's my list:



Chicago: Bad. This is where I lived when my migraines started in my teen years.



NY (Long Island): Relatively good. Of all the places I've been, it was the best. Still got minor migraines with rain storms, but they weren't a daily occurrence.



Austin, TX: Fairly bad. Strong migraines with storms, occasionally had lingering daily headaches during the summer/hot months.



Houston, TX: Get me outta here!! The WORST!!! My headaches become somewhat manageable during what little winter/spring we have here, but once summer starts up (April/May), I'm in misery until late October/November. I have daily migraines throughout the summer that increase in severity if a storm or even dark clouds roll through (which is pretty much every day in the late summer here). I also have fibromyalgia that flairs up significantly with the weather here as well.





Overall: Do NOT move to Texas if you are affected by low barometric pressure. I made the mistake of enrolling in a 2 year master's program here recently, but as soon as I'm done I'm relocating to a dry, cool climate with infrequent rain. As of now, San Diego is top on my list--I just need to be able to afford it (hence finishing the master's program before moving ;) ).. I've considered Phoenix but I think the heat would still keep the pressure too low for me. Anyway. Good luck to all you fellow weather-triggered migraine sufferers, I (literally) feel your pain!!


Eddu wrote at 2014-12-30 00:20:41
Been a migraine suffer for 20 years now.  I've traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe (Navy Vet).  My worse migraine, as far as intensity, was in Jacksonville, Florida during hurricane season. I felt the hurricane before it touch down along the coast. My head throbbed so bad, I though it was going to explode.  But outside hurricane season, migraines was less frequent.  I've lived in Italy for about a decade and rarely had a migraine.  I lived on and beautiful island in the middle of the Med. It didn't rain one day all summer.  It was pure heaven! But I had to come back home. I'm in Michigan now and I have less intense migraines but much more frequent.  The weather and barometric pressure shift constantly.  It can go from warm and sunning to bitter cold and snowing overnight. I can't continue living here.  Thinking of moving back to Florida, maybe Miami or eventually back to Italy.  Tried all types of meds but nothing helps against pressure migraine.  Just learned to endure the pain or take a nap.


Paula wrote at 2015-02-07 03:52:36
Please try the new devise called cefaly.  It works, hardly have migrains any more and when I do they are not as bad.  I was having around 18 a month.

You wear a band like a tens for twenty minutes a day .  You need an RX from doctor and you order it from Belgium .  Worth every dime and if it doesn't work for you they will give you refund.


Georgia Peach wrote at 2015-02-21 16:13:45
I am so so glad that I found this site and equally sad to hear that you are all experiencing the same problems I am.



I've been suffering with severe and near debilitating headaches, almost on a daily basis now, the most frequent and worst of which are triggered by barometric pressure changes. The problem started 37+ years ago and gets worse every year. I thought maybe it was related to my age, but reading about the global weather changes somebody mentioned, that may have something to do with that.



I lived in Michigan at the time these began, and my headaches are still really bad when I return there,. However, living in Atlanta for almost 30 years has proven to be much worse than MI. As someone previously posted, if you're thinking about the state of Georgia, it's not one for you if you have barometric pressure triggered headaches (not to mention allergy trigger like our intense two major pollen seasons, things growing year around due to the warmer climate,etc.). It's a shame because this is otherwise just a wonderful place to live.



I too am taking Topamax and have been for years; get no relief from Alieve; have been to the best neurologists; etc.



I am considering relocating, if it will make a significant difference, though I have a son who has four more years of high school to go through. Based on my previous research, and everything I just read on all your postings, it sounds like San Diego may be my only option (except that I'm a few million shy of that move LOL).



Would love any additional feedback about San Diego and the surrounding areas any of you might have.



In addition to the recommendations all of you have posted, another one that provides relief though absolutely temporary that I have found helpful is deep tissue massage therapy. Also, if you don't have the time or patience for the sinus rinse pot, try Super Saline, to help reduce swelling in the sinus passages.



Good luck and be well!  


TQ@OKC wrote at 2015-02-26 11:02:14
I had my left jaw removed due to a tumor 30 years ago and had a titanium replacement with bone from my hip filling it in. There are 3 screws by my ear and by my chin. I just went on disability because the pain and headaches became 24/7.  All barometric pressure changes and temperature changes affect the frequency and intensity of the pain and the headaches.  I live in Oklahoma City and it has ridiculous changes in pressure and temperature.  Hot showers and heating pads are my best friends.  Took Demerol for 27 years when only needed 4 to 5 times a month, but now take 30 mg oxycodone 4 to 6 times a day. Hawaii,  san diego, and Fiji are the best (least amount of pain) but way too expensive for my disability and retirement incomes. Tuscon next best, but oklahoma is where the heart and family are, so I will deal with the pain and treat with meds, if they do not make it impossible for doctors to prescribe....TQ  @ OKC


Amy wrote at 2015-03-17 13:45:07
San Diego, CA and Honolulu, HI have the most stable barometric pressure in the country.  Outside of those two cities, there appears to be no research.  


Spirocheta wrote at 2015-04-22 13:34:57
Anyone with more than just migraines as symptoms should seriously consider a possible chronic Lyme disease diagnosis.  I had Lyme disease in 2006, and that's when the migraines started daily.  They waxed and waned through the years, but by 2011, I realized that I felt like a truck hit me every time a snowstorm was moving in.  (I live in New England.).  But I didn't put the pieces together until 2012, when I relapsed with Lyme.



Something happened that winter.  It was probably a combination of factors, but what resulted was my ending up in the ER a few days after Christmas when a large low pressure snowstorm came through.  I suffered a mild traumatic brain injury from something?, but we think it was intercranial pressure.



Two years passed, and we began to realize that I was getting brain injury symptoms every time a snowstorm came in.  This past winter resulted in perpetual snowstorms twice a week, and I ended up in the hospital, narrowly averting a third brain injury.  I think it has something to do with cold temperatures and low pressure systems.  



Migraines tied to pressure can also be a symptom of the very underdiagnoses normal pressure hydorcephalus.  Doctors don't look for it, but it's worth pushing to get it checked out.  If you have any symptoms like mine and can get away from the fluctuations, run, don't walk, to another location.  Brain injury is terribly disabling.


Solonyr wrote at 2015-05-09 23:17:39
I started getting migraine headaches when i was about 14 years old. I am now 51. I feel that my worse and most frequent episodes was when I was stationed in Vicenza, Italy. I now lived in Metro -Atlanta and have been for about 23 years. It was here in Georgia that I finally figured out that the barometric pressure was the trigger to my migraine headaches.  After years of trying almost every prescribed migraine medication, I find that Excedrin Migraine Over the Counter is what works best for me. I am looking to relocate and see that Seattle, WA may not be the right place. I may consider San Diego if it means a decrease of my migraines.


Ellie wrote at 2015-07-06 01:55:38
Folks remember that migraine therapies work for some and not for others. I have lived in the east coast including PA, NC, SC, FL & GA before moving to OK. For me it is much better here but not always (this is our unstable season). I have tried most medicines, oxygen therapy, physical therapy. My son has also had debilitating migraines that prevented him from finishing High school normally. For him the trigger point injections worked and he rarely gets a migraine now



Never tried the submersion therapy. Might next migraine. Sometimes you can get relief with sinus med (decongestant) to shrink pressure in your head. Never take more than two days in a row because you are susceptible to rebound headaches



The migraine diet is important for many of us



Imagine a bucket and each trigger pours into it at different levels until it spills over and you have a migraine



That slice of pizza, fresh roll, chocolate or wine just isn't worth it before a storm or during stress etc



Hope this helps each of you find some relief!  Ladies one last thing, menopause sometimes brings fewer migraines.



One day at a time with a smile on your face gets you to tomorrow!


viznet@aol.com wrote at 2015-10-14 23:21:09
Let me tell you... I have lived in Honolulu my entire life and between the barometric pressure, humidity and the Vog blowing in from the volcano on the Big Isle, this isn't an ideal place to escape migraines.


CO4now wrote at 2016-04-22 20:44:18
I have become more and more miserable due to increased migraines through the (extended) winter months here in Colorado.  I have a lot of migraine triggers, but one of them is definitely barometric pressure changes which I know are prevalent here in Colorado Springs.  My husband & I are thinking of trying Airbnb for maybe a 4 week period over the holidays some place where the pressure is more stable to see how I do.  Suggestions of where to begin?  Florida?  San Diego?  It seems where I used to have maybe 3 really bad months (Nov-Jan) now I have almost 6 (Oct-March) with 15 or more migraines a month.  I'm desperate to at least have 1 month to look forward to some where with fewer migraines next winter.  Help!


Redd wrote at 2016-05-16 09:17:00
I empathize with everyone of you who have chronic migraines as I started about 10 or 11 y/o & am now 66. A few suggestions, please don't diagnose migraines by what you read from others on the web or through s friend or family member.You must be diagnosed by a Board Certified neurologist who specializes in treating migraines and all other forms of headaches. In addition  yo migraines, I also had tension & sinus headaches. (they usually have different symptoms, but often can overlap or trigger can also trigger a different type of headache. I would get tension headaches around the base of my head & neck lasting for days, which then would trigger s migraine from the stress, pain, lack of sleep, poor eating habits & or lack of hydration ad well as other things, these would then trigger a migraine especially after lasting 3 to 5 days or more. By then I was so exhausted it is not surprising that that even strictly following a migraine diet thatI would then get a migraine. Sometimes I would have an aura, preceeding the migraine, such as if someone suddenly dimmed the lights in a room, ir the room might start to spin, or suddenly I could see perfectly from 1/2 of each eye, as if someone covered the left side of each of my eyes, or some other visual disturbance. It was different every headache and often I never had an aura, that preceded the migraine. I found by having a proceeding aura,it would alert me of a impending migraine, so I could immediately take my migraine medication, if I was at home or a close friend's house,I would lie down immediately housecomii on  shavegdespecially  appeared without warning. At least by having an aura first,I knew a migraine was coming on therefore if I was at home or if I was at a close friend's house I could takes my meds & immediately lie down in a dark, quiet room to allow the meds to try to work as quickly as possible & reduce the stress & noise in our everyday lives. I rarely had an aural aura (hearing voices or strange sounds) just like a visual aura it was all in my mind & did not really exist to others, but was due the the sudden increased or decreased size of the blood vessels in the brain along with the chemical changes occuring within my brain.

The first time was very frightening, as I thought I might be having a stroke or some other major event occuring in my brain. Once I understood what was happening & how I could use it to immediately take my medications, lie down immediately or pull off the road to a safe area & call my husband to come to get me & appreciated having them. However, I only had an aura about 1 time out of 20 migraines & they didn't start until I was in my 30's so I rarely had any warning beforehand. I never even to this day leave my house without my medicationfeel. I learned that lesson once oversus injectable medications that required an immediate trip to the Emergency Room or to my Neurologist's office. I really never had a direct familial history of migraines. My 1/2 Uncle (he & my Dad had the same Mother, but different Fathers) and his daughter, my cousin both had severe cluster headaches. These occur maybe once or twice a year, coming in clusters for a month or2 then disappearing for 6 months to a year then reoccurring. Thus the name cluster headaches. Fortunately or not, I never had a cluster headache to my knowledge. They are completely different from a migraine, tension or sinus headache, however they all need a Board Certified Neurologist to diagnose& treat them.

Fortunately I rarely had a sinus &/or tension/ir h/a for 20+ yrs. Once I left Chicago, Denver & Seattle & moved to San Diego they disappeared, although I still get tension headaches if a migraine lasts for murethan 2-3 days. With 2 of 3 types of h/a's almost eliminated gone I could really focus on the migraines. I have been followed by a Board Certified Neurologist specializing in migraines since my early 20's.

When I grew up in the 1950's & 1960's Dr's thought it was impossible for children to have migraines, for many years they understand that children as they begin to enter puberty can start having headaches. The sooner they are properly diagnosed & treated, the less likely they can impact a child's life negatively. Even as a child it is difficult to be in severe pain where the Dr thinks you are only trying to get out of school or doesn't believe  you at all a& convinces your oarents that you are faking severe debilitating pain.  

Between my 3 types of h/a's I learned to STAY on a migraine diet until I improved enough, to gradually eliminate 1 food on the list every 3 to 6 months at a time, until I narrowed down my food triggers to only a few. I never drink alcohol, as even a sip could trigger a migraine. I never eat soy sauce teriyaki sauce or other fermented foods or sauces or MSG which were hard to give up as I love those types of foods, but it came down to 2 choices, I could eat 1 bite & feel like someone had taken a sledge hammer to my head or skip a  migraine by not cheating.  I became a fast learner after that. I still cannot eat raw or cooked onions & for many years had to hold my breath if strong smelling onions were in season at the grocery store. Even my husband had to give up onions,  otherwise I had a migraine in less than 5 minutes. I still cannot tolerate strong perfumes, paint, or other chemical, floral or any strong odors, regardless of the source. Thank goodness for low VOC paints, that do not give off strong odors to a sensitive migraine patient. Low VOC paints   are not cheap, but it beats spending a week in a hotel while the paint dries & the odor fades from the room(s). One thing I have that is unusual is that ifI can vomit Mr migraines go away stating within ,10 minutes if vomiting.Unfirtunately I rarely vomit, but if I do I know that pain relief usually comes very quickly. I still have 1 migraine a month, even though I had a hysterectomy @ 39 & went into menopause within less than a month later. It was not until about 5 years ago at about 60 that I niw only have about 1 migraine a month.

Please get professional help, reduce your stress, get plenty of rest, stay on a regular schedule, follow a migraine diet & keep a diary so you learn your patterns & triggers to reduce the number of monthly headaches. Remember for every day you have a headache you loose another productive, fun day in your life.



Life is too short to robb yourself and your family of so many valuable days.



Finally, yes it is more expensive to live in San Diego or Hawaii, but what does it cost to give up 1/3 to 1/2 of every month having a headache? Your family, your job, your marriage, family relationship & much more.


Leslie M wrote at 2016-06-05 16:41:18
I've been getting migraines since I was 9, I am now 26. Debilitating migraines with aura, numbness, speech slurred, nausea, panic attacks, stomach pains, vertigo, dizziness, nose bleeds and shakes are all involved. Weather, patterns, food, smells, lights/glares, animals, colors are only a few triggers I deal with. And Like all of us, I've tried it ALL. From medications, homeopathic remedies, meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, injections, relocation, etc....nothing gets rid of them..  Some medications will help a little but after a few times taking it, my body no longer responds. Relpax has helped to an extent, but never fully recovered on relpax alone. With weather induced migraines, they last longer and more excurtiating than others. I am tired of not living life to the fullest and these forums help because WE are not alone. I feel your pain and you feel mine. Hope one day we'll find an answer; until then here's hope. Hope that my minimal stats help you, hope that you don't suffer anymore, hope that you don't give up.



Locations:

Santafe/Albuquerque, New Mexico = #1 worse spot (for me)

Phoenix/chandler, Arizona = #2 but is tied in worse spots

Las Vegas, Nevada = #3 still had severe episodes but not as often  


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