“The weather is trying to kill me”, this is a statement that I have repeated many times over the past two weeks. I know that it sounds like a crazy statement based on irrational paranoia but it isn’t, I promise. I do realize that the weather can’t kill me but it most certainly can make my life miserable.
The past few weeks has been a proverbial barometric pressure roller coaster. The changes in pressure send me into my migraine cocoon and there is nothing I can do about it.
Weather Related Migraine Product Review:
I tried the MigraineX earplugs a week ago on a day that saw a lot of pressure changes. They are made by the same company that makes Earplanes earplugs and are used for pressure changes experienced during airplane travel.
I know a couple of people that have found some real relief while using these so while I was skeptical, I was also hopeful that it would help.
Inserting these correctly is definitely important and you can feel the pressure change in your ears when you get it right. I am sure we have all experienced that feeling that your ears need to pop and the relief felt when they finally do. That is exactly how it felt! Because of this I was very excited that it was going to help.
The instructions say not to wear them for more than 2 hours at a time. I was able to manage 45 minutes before the little nagging headache got worse and became a full migraine. I am going to try them again and leave them in for less time.
Here is my take on The MigraineX earplugs:
- They did change the pressure in my ears. I felt the change so this claim is absolutely true. The key is properly inserting them.
- They did not keep my migraine from getting worse. Again, I am not sure if it would have prevented the migraine if I had not already had a headache when I started using them. The company claims that it will prevent weather-related headaches.
- The app that is supposed to be used to alert you of pressure changes doesn’t work like it should. This is an app for your phone that is supposed to alert you so you know when to put in the earplugs. This concept is great but the execution isn’t as straightforward. I set the sensitivity to 0.08 because I am very sensitive to pressure changes. I watched the pressure from another app and never received any type of alert on my phone even though I should have. The app is still on my phone and I received 1 notification that was 2 days late.
I am still undecided about the actual earplugs. I think they may be useful if used when the pressure starts changing. That is where the problem lies…the app that is supposed to tell you doesn’t work properly. Because of that the earplugs can’t really be tested the way that I would want to. I have emailed the company that makes this product and they have responded. They are working on a fix for the app issues.
As with any treatment for migraine, what works for one may not work for others. If you experience weather-related migraine, I recommend giving these a try. If you do and you figure out the issue with the app, please let me know!
As these dog days of summer continue and as summer afternoon thunderstorms and high humidity are daily events, I am pretty sure my weather migraine symptoms will continue as well.
What do you do for your weather-related headaches or migraine?
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