Okay, straight up, raise your hand if you've been getting tons of headaches recently - or even if you've been getting more than usual. Is your hand up? Well, then, A) I feel bad for you, and B) I'm here to maybe tell you why that might be happening.
Now, full disclosure, I'm not a doctor. I'm not a scientist, I'm not a meteorologist, I'm not a weather specialist (that's Jeremy); but, after suffering a very painful migraine this week, and after realizing that a lot of my friends and acquaintances have been experiencing headaches too, I decided to do some digging. And do you know what I found? Answers, friends. I found answers. And hopefully these answers can bring some peace of mind to you guys, too; but, as always, if something seems off to you, don't forget to play it safe and visit a clinic.
Basically, your migraines/headaches could be the direct result of the weather in Montreal. According to this article, migraine sufferers were surveyed and asked what brought about their migraine episodes. There were a handful of categories - like smoke or strong smells - but the number one answer? Weather or barometric pressure changes. And according to this article from the Mayo Clinic, it does kind of look like migraines are brought on by changes in the weather for some people. Why is this? The article states lots of reasons - like chemical imbalances; temperature and humidity extremes; and, yes, even barometric pressure changes.
Which might sound great and all, but what does that have to do with you and your life here in Montreal? Well, if you've been paying attention to the weather lately, you know it's been shifting quite a bit. We're making a relatively quick leap from winter to spring; some days go from cold and gloomy, to sunny, to rainy within the matter of hours; and, we're even set for one more snowfall by the end of this week. Just the difference between today (11 degrees) and tomorrow (0 degrees) is pretty significant, in my opinion. If you ask me, that sounds exactly like something that's going to mess with your migraines.
And if you do suffer from these things, then I do not envy you. Personal story time: I literally just spent the past few days in bed, unable to move, eat, or function more than the bare minimum. I was in excruciating pain, I was all messed up and dizzy and sick, and considering that I've never had a headache so intense before, I was a little scared as to what was happening - and why. Granted, many members of my family are migraine sufferers, so I figured it was hereditary. But being able to be like, "And it's the weather, too, probably!" is actually hugely helpful to me.
So I hope the above information is equally helpful to those migraine sufferers who might have been slammed with pain this week for no explainable reason. Of course, I'm not a doctor - if something seems off to you, it's always best to play it safe and visit a clinic.