CLEVELAND -- Migraine headaches can be triggered by many things including food, stress, even habits.
But Cleveland Clinic headache specialist Dr. Stuart Tepper says the weather can set them off too.
"Certain features in the weather seem to trigger the attacks. Those were very high temperature, very low temperature, high humidity, low humidity, and barometric pressure change," Dr. Tepper says.
While the weather can cause joint aches and pains in some, Dr. Tepper says only migraine headaches are affected.
So if you think your headaches are triggered when the weather changes, chances are good it's a migraine and not a sinus problem. Keeping a headache diary that includes the weather conditions may help you determine if that's what's causing your head pain.
"And you try to cross-reference your diary with the weather. Most people who have weather triggers, they know it. They know they're going to get headache. The issue has not been whether they know it or now, but whether they get the diagnosis right. And they may mistakenly think they have a sinus problem, when in fact, it's migraine."
Dr. Tepper says no one season or time of year is worse than another, because weather is always changing.