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Does lightning cause headaches ?

By T.K. Randall
January 25, 2013 · Comment icon 11 comments



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New research has suggested that you are more likely to suffer a headache near to lightning strikes.
The study found that on days with lightning there was a 24 percent increase in the number of people with headaches and a 23 percent increase in migraine cases within 25 miles of the strikes. Chronic sufferers were even more likely to be affected. It is thought that electromagnetic waves could have a lot to do with this, as could the increase in air pollutants typical of a lightning strike.

"The exact mechanisms through which lightning and/or its associated meteorologic factors trigger headache are unknown, although we do have speculations," said Prof Vincent Martin. "Ultimately, the effect of weather on headache is complex, and future studies will be needed to define more precisely the role of lightning and thunderstorms on headache."[!gad]The study found that on days with lightning there was a 24 percent increase in the number of people with headaches and a 23 percent increase in migraine cases within 25 miles of the strikes. Chronic sufferers were even more likely to be affected. It is thought that electromagnetic waves could have a lot to do with this, as could the increase in air pollutants typical of a lightning strike.

"The exact mechanisms through which lightning and/or its associated meteorologic factors trigger headache are unknown, although we do have speculations," said Prof Vincent Martin. "Ultimately, the effect of weather on headache is complex, and future studies will be needed to define more precisely the role of lightning and thunderstorms on headache."
Lightning could cause headaches and migraines, according to researchers who found that people are 25 per cent more likely to develop symptoms on the day of a strike.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by AquilaChrysaetos 10 years ago
lol. I thought this was a 'Science says you're far more likely to have headaches if you've been struck by lightning' sorta thing till I read it. I was about to pull a smart aleck response like:
Comment icon #3 Posted by CrimsonKing 10 years ago
Hahahaha
Comment icon #4 Posted by CRYSiiSx2 10 years ago
Lies, I get great sleep when lightning is near with loud thunder....
Comment icon #5 Posted by seeder 10 years ago
Personally I love thunder and lightning, I try to get out in it as much as possible, (where I can be safe of course) its LOUD, scary, exhilarating, exciting, you feel the tremendous 'power' of nature, its a buzz.!! No pun intended. Never gave me a headache but I do feel oddly energized by thunder storms, maybe thats just the adrenaline though
Comment icon #6 Posted by RavenEyes19 10 years ago
I get a sinus headache or mirgraine (or both) before every storm without fail. Sometimes it feels as if my whole face is being crushed. I always figured it was from the change in barometric pressure though. I wonder if lightening itself makes my headaches worse.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Abramelin 10 years ago
Lightning could cause headaches and migraines, according to researchers who found that people are 25 per cent more likely to develop symptoms on the day of a strike. http://www.telegraph...-headaches.html I wonder if this has anything to do with socalled positive and negative ions in the air. During dry and hot weather there is a build up of positive ions in the air and at some point lightning strikes. If it also starts raining, the pos/neg ion ratio comes into balance again. These positive ions appear to increase the secretion of serotonin and histamines, hence allergic reactions and migraine... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by wimfloppp 10 years ago
It would if you got struck on the head.
Comment icon #9 Posted by GirlfromOz 10 years ago
I absolutely LOVE the sound of thunder,lightning & rain when I need to get into my 'sleep' mode.It lulls me to sleep.These sounds make you appreciate the sounds of nature at it's most powerful,when all around you is supposedly in danger,when you are in the safest environment of your cosy little home.
Comment icon #10 Posted by kwin 10 years ago
It sure does!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Kludge808 10 years ago
While not yet mainstream medicine, TMS and rTMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation & Repetitive TMS) are being tried for the treatment for migraine headaches. I can't help but wonder if lightning, which produces a fairly respectable EM pulse, might not be related to that work.


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