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Do YOU suffer ‘thunderhead’? The five signs the weather is getting to you – and how to fix it


BRITS have spent days basking in the heat and sunshine, but now many are suffering as thunderstorms brew and everything feels very muggy.

If you find you have an intense headache or migraine for no real reason other than the gathering storm clouds, you may suffer from "thunderhead".

This kind of headache is nasty, and usually predicts a big storm is coming.

It can make everything feel like a painful struggle, until the thunderclouds clear and you get sweet relief.

Although "thunderhead" is a much better term, it is officially referred to as a barometric pressure headache.

The main five symptoms can be an intense throbbing pain on one side of the head, nausea, vomiting, sound and light sensitivity and auras.

If you catch it early and pop some painkillers this can really help.

But to try and get ahead of the headache or migraine you can do a number of things to prevent it where possible.

Making sure you are drinking plenty of water, having good sleeps and eating regularly.

Dr Jessica Briscoe, a headache specialist at the Headache Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, told the Telegraph around 70 per cent of people who get regular headaches or migraines report pressure and weather changes can cause pain.


She said: "They’re triggered by a whole range of things that act together to bring on an attack, but one of the things that people are really sensitive to is changes in barometric pressure, which obviously in this stormy time can cause a problem.

“Migraines usually take 12 to 24 hours to develop. Because the pressure changes tend to precede any storm, people feel they can predict when a storm is going to come because that’s when their migraine hits.”

Barometric pressure is the force put on our bodies by the air around us.

It can be caused when a storm is coming, it's very windy, or we reach high altitudes. For people sensitive to the change, it can cause headaches.

Una Farrell, spokesperson for the Migraine Trust, added it's best for people to stick to their usual routine despite the muggy weather to stave off any .

She also said: “Try to get exercise [at the cooler times of the day] because it helps you relax and means that your routine isn’t disturbed as much as possible."

It comes as thunderstorms and heavy rain are set to batter Britain, sparking fears of power cuts ahead of England v Scotland.

The heavy rain began for most of the country on Wednesday evening, bringing with it a "plume of thunderstorms" sweeping in from the English Channel.

Migraines can cause blurry vision, nausea, sensitivity to light and can last for days.

Here we look at the symptoms, causes and treatments - and yes, they are more than just a "bad headache".

Sadly often the only way to get rid of a migraine is to sleep it off.

Sufferers normally rest in a dark room until it has passed - which can take 72 hours.

Why you’re suffering from a migraine and how to prevent it

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