Posted by: Euan | 2019/09/01


Strange headache in cold weather - please help!

I live in a pretty chilly country - and for a few years now, whenever I go outside during cold or windy weather, I start to get this deep aching in both of my ears that, over the course of around 20-30 minutes, develops into an intense headache. The time it takes for the aching to develop varies, but it always, without fail, becomes present after half an hour or so at the very most in such weather, and only eases (slowly) once I'm indoors again. I've tried painkillers to combat the issue, and they were ineffective. However, I feel no pain whatsoever in warmer, calmer weather - and covering my ears (usually with a hat or a hood) prevents the pain as well. Sure, I could just wear a hat all the time, but my concern is that in my desired line of work (the performing arts), I would potentially be outside in cold weather for extended periods of time, in a specific costume that, most likely, would not include ear cover. Any help would be appreciated, thank you for taking the time to read!

Expert's Reply


Headache expert
- 2019/09/03

If the cold presipitates headaches then the chances are they are muscle tension headaches. We make an intra-oral appliance that reduces muscle tension, but if you live in a cold climate then it means you are too far from us to come for treatment. You may try a magnesium supplement - it is sometimes helpful for muscle pain.

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