This is an interesting little study on the correlating between lightning and migraines. Intriguing.
“After controlling for other aspects of the thunderstorms that could cause headaches – such as temperature, barometric pressure, wind, humidity and rain – they linked lightning to a 13 percent jump in the likelihood of an attack.
Though the study can’t prove that lightning actually triggered the migraine headaches, there are multiple ways in which it theoretically could, Martin said.
When lightning hits the ground, it creates low-frequency electromagnetic waves that induce a magnetic field, which could change the electrical signals in the brain, he said. Lightning also increases the number of positively charged ions in the air. And the electrical strikes also increase the concentration of the irritant ozone in the air.
Freitag said that though it may sound far-fetched, thunderstorms, via changes in the air’s ionic charge, could trigger migraines.
For instance, research has shown barometric pressure can change concentrations in the air, which, in turn, can cause the release of the brain chemical serotonin, Freitag told LiveScience. Serotonin release can cause pain, he said.
But migraine frequency isn’t constant, so the research team would need to study a geographic region that’s broader, and for more time, to really pin down the link between headaches and lightning, Freitag said.”LiveScience-Does Lightning Cause Migraines?
Certainly, in the spring we get a lot of spring thunderstorms that roll in quickly and with them roll in the migraines, but I always assumed it was because of the fact the storm came on so quickly… but who knows maybe it was because of the fantastic light show. Interesting weather trigger if it is true.