I really love thunderstorms, especially those in the Spring and Summer, the more violent the better. Unfortunately for me, they cause me an unbelieveable amount of pain. Changes in weather are the biggest trigger I have for my migraine headaches. The faster and more intense the change, the less likely I am to be able to avert getting a headache. Here in Central Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Eastern United States, the weather patterns can change here in a matter of moments. Weather fronts roll through the mountains and valleys sometimes quickly, while others linger for days. It can be sunny and hot one minute, then stormy, winds driving the rain and the temperature dropping 30 or 40 degrees moments later. Then the sun can peak through again and it's all bright and shiny once more. This pattern can repeat itself several times a day...beautiful to experience...if it weren't for the dang pressure in my head.
As the exact thing was occurring this morning, I decided to dub the effect "YO-YO-HEAD." When I described it to my doctor, I switched it to a more technical term, the "Rapid Cycling Bi-Polar Weather Induced Common Migraine." It starts so quickly, it's hard for my migraine abortive medication to get to work before the headache becomes firmly intrenched. It got hold of me yesterday afternoon, to the point I was forced to seek out medical intervention, a pain shot from my local walk-in clinic. It worked fairly well yesterday evening, but the weather kept cycling through, and by this morning, I was forced into seeking out more treatment with my primary care physician. The weather is still switching back and forth, although now not quite as quicky and violently as it has been the past couple of days. I'm praying at this point that things just stay steady for a while, since my last shot has worn off, and my head now feels like it's been dribbled up and down a basketball court for the past 36 hours. UGH!