Bad weather accompanied by lightning can trigger migraines


Food, light, and stress are usually common causes of headaches. However, research shows that bad weather can also cause headaches and migraines.

Dr. Vincent Martin, a health expert at the University of Cincinnati Heath Center who has handled many patients with headache complaints found that most people get headaches when the weather is bad, and when there is lightning.

Dr. Vincent and his son, Geoffrey Martin, a final year medical student at the University of Chincinnati then did some research. They studied 90 people with a history of migraine and asked them to write a journal for three to six months. In the journal, the patients wrote headache symptoms including pain levels, sensitivity to sound and light, as well as how long the pain lasts.

They found that about 31 percent of people get headaches when there is thunder accompanied by lightning, while 28 percent experienced migraines in similar circumstances.

“We are very pleased with the results obtained, as this is also the first study to observe this. Formerly no one discovered that lightning and thunder can cause migraines,” said Martin, as reported by NBC News.

Even so, they are still not sure as to the reason why lightning can cause headaches. Chances are, lightning appears to produce extra ozone which then can affect people who have a headache.

Moreover, the trigger can also be due to lightning’s electromagnetic waves that can bring changes of ion in the air and affect the people with headaches.

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