33MD for March 9, 2009

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2009 - 6:24pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:57pm

If you’ve ever though the weather has caused your headache, you’re not alone and no researchers say there might be something scientific to that theory.

For headache sufferers, there may finally be some fact behind the folklore. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston say the weather really can cause headaches. Experts looked at the cases of more than 7,000 patients who came into the emergency room with headaches. Then, they found out what the weather was doing in the days before the hospital visit.

Dr. Kenneth Mukamal says, “It was consistently warmer on the days that individuals came in with headaches than on similar days of month.” In fact, they found the risk of getting a headache was about 7.5% higher for every 9 degrees warmer it was and that was true in summer and winter. “There is clearly things going on in our autonomic nervous system, and that part of our nervous system that affects regulates our internal organs.”

Researchers also found slightly lower pressure in the atmosphere on days before some hospitalizations. In the past, scientists have found that higher pressure in the atmosphere has caused headaches, so more studies are needed.

This might surprise you, but researchers found pollution in the air seemed to have no effect on headaches. The study is published in the journal, “Neurology.”