Migraine and headache due to weather and allied causes and its specific treatment

Ups J Med Sci Suppl. 1980;31:41-4.

Abstract

Attacks of migraine resulting from climatic cold or heat-stress are a common occurrence in 20-30 per cent of a population exposed to weather changes. The electrical charges (positive ionisation and sferics) engendered by every incoming weather front produce a release of serotonin. In addition there also exists a syndrome of adrenaline deficiency, which may produce headache, while a third reaction, intermittent hyperthyreosis, plays a lesser role in evoking headache. The differential diagnosis of the various types of headache is based upon the profile of neurohormones excreted in the 24-hours urinary output, which permits a comparison between normal and weather-stress days. Such a procedure may provide an appraisal of the underlying metabolic disturbance. Consequently, appropriate treatment can be administered to the patient, and its effect controlled by analysis of any possible neurohormonal change.

MeSH terms

  • Headache / etiology*
  • Hormones / urine
  • Humans
  • Migraine Disorders / classification
  • Migraine Disorders / etiology*
  • Migraine Disorders / therapy
  • Migraine Disorders / urine
  • Weather

Substances

  • Hormones