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Why does the head hurt when the weather changes?

They say that nature has no bad weather. But if it changes rapidly and drastically, then for some people it causes headaches. And why do they arise? And how to get rid of them?

Why do pains occur?

The exact mechanism of the occurrence of pain in the event of changing weather conditions is not clear, since the human body is a very complex system that constantly regulates and supports the functioning of individual organs. For example, it stabilizes the pressure inside the vessels and skull, maintains a constant heat exchange, triggers various reactions. And if the weather changes, then the body has a serious external impact on which it can react sharply.

The following possible causes of such an unpleasant symptom are highlighted:

  • Sudden changes in atmospheric pressure. If the indicators change, then this directly affects the intracranial pressure, because a certain balance must be maintained.
  • Jumps of atmospheric pressure can change the concentration of oxygen in the blood, to which the vessels react by expansion or contraction, and this causes pain.
  • With increased humidity, a person receives much less oxygen during respiration, which leads to its deficiency, called hypoxia. With this condition, headaches and other unpleasant symptoms are often observed.
  • A cold snap can cause narrowing and vasospasm, and these conditions can lead to pain.
  • Temperature changes can affect the balance of neurotransmitters and disrupt it. Such chemicals transfer electrochemical impulses between neurons, and if the process is disrupted, it can cause reactions in the pain centers of the brain.
  • A strong wind irritates the nerve endings, causing them to send numerous signals to the brain, which can cause pain.

It is important to know: the response to changes in weather conditions increases with existing diseases of the blood vessels and the heart, as well as responsible for heat exchange and other important processes of the autonomic nervous system. Negative factors include heart failure, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and vascular dystonia.

An interesting fact: the body's response to changing the weather is called meteosensitivity, and most often it occurs in women. Why exactly the fair sex is more susceptible to this state is unknown, but it is probably due to the more complex structure of some systems, for example, the endocrine one.


Headache is not the only symptom that can occur when the weather changes. Were often observed weakness, dizziness, drowsiness, decreased performance, increased or, conversely, slowing of the heartbeat, mood changes, irritability, apathy, increased nervous irritability, pain in the joints or aches throughout the body, pulsation in the temples, a feeling of distention in the head.

Doctors distinguish three degrees of meteosensitivity. The first is the easiest and most insignificant. The second is characterized by more pronounced and numerous symptoms. The third is the most difficult and involves a rather difficult condition and almost complete loss of working capacity.

How to improve the condition?

What if my head hurts when I change the weather? To completely get rid of weather sensitivity is extremely difficult, and sometimes impossible.But in order to facilitate the state and minimize the consequences of sudden changes in weather conditions, you can observe several simple rules:

  1. When weather changes try to relax or sleep, do not overdo it.
  2. If the pain is severe, take an anesthetic. But it is not recommended to exceed the daily rate of three tablets, as well as continue to take longer than three to four days.
  3. In especially dangerous days try to eat light and healthy food, observe the drinking regime.
  4. Avoid stress, keep calm. With increased nervous excitability, you can resort to using a sedative.
  5. Fill oxygen deficiency: get out into the fresh air or open the windows of the house.
  6. Try to massage your temples and your whole head, making neat circular movements with your fingertips. You can use a massager.
  7. Apply to the area of ​​the forehead and temples compress, preferably cool.
  8. How to treat frequent headaches? First of all, consult your doctor, get tested and start the prescribed therapy.
  9. Reconsider the way of life: move more, give up bad habits, make up a supply of vitamins and regularly take a contrast shower.

It remains only to wish all meteo-sensitive people health and well-being.

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