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Milwaukee doctor: Headaches after summer storms not surprising

Posted at 6:07 AM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 10:45:20-04

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee doctor says a headache after a Summer storm is not surprising.

Dr. Frederick Freitag of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital explains you can feel changes in your body, even before a storm hits.

"Large falls in the barometric pressure causes serotonin to be released into the bloodstream, which causes arthritic pain as well as headaches for patients," said Dr. Freitag.

He says weather change is the second most common cause of migraines and affects about 40-percent of all migraines.

Dr. Freitag warns that Summer storms have heat and humidity, which can cause physiological stress on your body. This could compound a headache.

"We also get lightning from thunderstorm...if it's within 25 miles can get people headaches as well and were not quite sure why that happens though," said Dr. Freitag.

He says we can prevent this from happening by getting plenty of rest, and drinking plenty of water.