Very interesting article. Very technical/medical … read on…
The barometric pressure of Hurricane Sandy is the lowest of a storm in our area since 1938!
By Hayrunnisa Bolay, M.D., PhD*and Alan Rapoport, M.D.+±
*Professor of Neurology, Gazi University, Department of Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Centre, Ankara, Turkey
+Clinical Professor of Neurology, The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA
±Founder and Director-Emeritus, The New England Center for Headache, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
Though Messlinger and colleagues concluded that “distinct neurons in the trigeminal nucleus caudalis, particularly with preferential afferent input from the eye, respond to lowering of atmospheric pressure” their finding of a lack of activation in the trigeminal neurons with receptive fields from dura mater, or from both dura mater and cornea, indicate that lowering of barometric pressure does not mediate headache. Their results may be influenced by the short exposure time of 8 minutes, since migraine headache generally begins many hours after exposure to any triggering agent. Some studies have reported that a lowering of the ambient atmospheric pressure for 80 minutes aggravated pain behavior within inner ear dependent mechanisms in rats with neuropathic pain