Internal Medicine
Online ISSN : 1349-7235
Print ISSN : 0918-2918
ISSN-L : 0918-2918
Influence of Barometric Pressure in Patients with Migraine Headache
Kazuhito KimotoSaiko AibaRyotaro TakashimaKeisuke SuzukiHidehiro TakekawaYuka WatanabeMuneto TatsumotoKoichi Hirata
ジャーナル オープンアクセス

2011 年 50 巻 18 号 p. 1923-1928


Objective Barometric pressure has been reported as a triggering and exacerbating factor in migraine headaches, although there are few reports concerning the association of weather change and migraine headache. The relationship between barometric pressure changes and migraine headaches was prospectively examined.
Methods A total of 28 migraine patients who lived within 10 km of the Utsunomiya Local Meteorological Observatory kept a headache diary throughout the year. Daily and monthly mean barometric pressure data of the Utsunomiya Local Meteorological Observatory were obtained via the homepage of the Meteorological Office.
Results The correlation between headache frequency obtained by the headache diaries for 1 year and changes in the barometric pressure during the period of 2 days before and 2 days after the headache onset were evaluated. The frequency of migraine increased when the difference in barometric pressure from the day the headache occurred to the day after was lower by more than 5 hPa, and decreased when the difference in barometric pressure from the day the headache occurred to 2 days later was higher by more than 5 hPa. Of 28 patients, weather change was associated with migraine headache development in 18 (64%) patients, 14 of which reported low barometric pressure to be a cause of headache. There was no association between the monthly mean barometric pressure and headache frequency throughout the year.
Conclusion Barometric pressure change can be one of the exacerbating factors of migraine headaches.

© 2011 by The Japanese Society of Internal Medicine
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