Storm migraines leaving millions with headaches thanks to pressure drops

Pressure drops from the weather are causing millions of us to have splitting headaches.

Nine million Britons – one in seven – suffer from ‘storm migraines’. These are weather-triggered headaches, with the main cause being sudden falling air pressure like during stormy weather today (Wednesday, November 8) and during last week’s storms Ciaran and Domingos.

A rush of sufferers have complained of weather migraines in the past week, with rare low air pressure up to 50mb below normal.

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Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Feeling a headache or joint pain? Studies suggest it’s down to rapidly changing air pressure.

"There has been incredibly low pressure right across the UK.”

James Woodford wrote on Twitter: “That explains it, I’ve had a headache and had a feeling it might be due to the very low air pressure.”

Fellow user Rand said: “I’ve had a headache and felt generally very weird.”

The phenomena is recognised by medical experts worldwide.

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The NHS said: “If you’re prone to getting headaches, you could find that storms can bring on head pain.

“Pressure changes that cause weather changes are thought to trigger chemical and electrical changes in the brain.

“This irritates nerves, leading to a headache.”

In the meantime, more showers are being forecasted by the Met Office, especially in the far west areas of Scotland as large parts of the UK are still recovering from the impact of Storm Ciarán.

There is also a probability of some snow later in the month but only on higher grounds in Scotland.

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