Updated: Oct 21, 2020
Do you know if you are sensitive to pressure variations? Could you consider them a potential trigger for your attacks?
The best way to answer such questions is to:
Record where you were when symptoms appeared
Check the previous 24-hour pressure variations for that location
Weather forecast is everywhere but you won't find pressure variation history anywhere else! If you want to track weather changes as a potential trigger, this exclusive feature is for you!
About Weather Triggers
First, let’s share a little background information about triggers and migraine sensitivity.
The migraine condition makes us sensitive to brutal changes such as irregular sleep, diet or exercise routine, stressful times, hormonal imbalance, and even weather variations.
The accumulation of these different sources of stress on our bodies can increase the risk of having a migraine attack, which means experiencing symptoms.
Some stressors are easier to alleviate than others. Weather-related stressors are difficult to counter.
You can use an air-conditioner to combat changes in humidity
Sunglasses can help to reduce luminosity due to sunshine
But there is not much you can do about barometric pressure variations.
Now, you certainly better understand why we’ve developed dedicated features in MBplus such as the 7-Day Pressure Variation Forecast or the 24h Pressure Variation History.
How to use 24h Pressure Variation History
Record your attack in Migraine Buddy
On the attack summary screen, activate the "Pressure Variation" feature
In case of high or moderate pressure variation, add "Weather Change" to your record's Triggers
Consider your sensitivity to weather changes when they consistently appear in your in-app reports' Top 3 Triggers
To know if you are not highly sensitive to pressure variation—meaning that you don’t experience symptoms every time there is an important change in pressure—you’ll need to look at the Weather Advanced Reports. Take note of where you were after the pressure variation happened though – the report is for one location only and you might have been somewhere else that day.
What's your experience like with managing weather-related triggers? Let us know if this feature has helped you mitigate risk factors better!
Wishing you a migraine-free day ahead,
Jenny and the Migraine Buddy Team