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Atmospheric Pressure Headaches [Jul. 21st, 2009|01:08 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
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When the pressure drops fast, usually because a storm is zooming into the area, I get a headache.

I don't always get a headache when storms move in - seems to be mainly when the pressure change is dramatic, i.e., for fast moving storms.

I don't think it's a migraine, because several friends get migraines and this isn't nearly as intense as what they've described, nor are their any side-effects (aural, visual, etc.), but these types of headache sure are misery-inducing.

BUT, what helps it is a pair of Sudafed pills (the standard nasal decongestant type), which takes the edge off, followed by about 1,000 mg of Tylenol, which dulls the remainder of the pain.

I'm not sure why Sudafed helps. Maybe drying out my sinuses reduces one of the pressure factors. Maybe it changes my blood pressure just enough to help. Dunno.

The point of me posting this, aside from the whining, is that if you get these headaches, maybe my drug therapy combo will help you. Or maybe you have a similar combo that works better? Maybe using Sudafed Sinus Headache helps more than the regular stuff? Or maybe ibuprofen works better than acetaminophen?

[User Picture]From: gilana
2009-07-21 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll give that a try -- I tend to get those headaches too, although they also seem to go along with muscle tension in my neck and shoulders.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-07-21 06:12 pm (UTC)
How's it working?
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[User Picture]From: thespian
2009-07-21 03:37 pm (UTC)
i feel that pressure drop coming, I hit the Tylenol with codeine right away.

I'm a wuss ;-)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-07-21 06:13 pm (UTC)
Heh, I wouldn't call ya wussy.

The only time I ever took codeine, I promptly threw it up, so I've avoided it since then. Although, that was 20 years ago & on an empty stomach, so who knows.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-08-22 06:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I just thought I was truly a child of the universe and so connected to it that my head moved with the atmosphere. Giving new meaning to the term airhead. :-)
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