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Some migraine sufferers report increase in symptoms during monsoon

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Some migraine sufferers are reporting increased symptoms during this active monsoon season.

Dr. Jennifer Robblee is a neurologist with the Lewis Headache Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. She’s been seeing more patients since early July.

"Patients have been coming in saying that they’re in crisis, which is typically for patients who have migraine, and they get into these long, severe attacks that they call status migrainosus," Robblee said. "So while I don’t have exact numbers, I can tell you anecdotally, I’m seeing a lot more of that right now."

Studies suggest that low atmospheric pressure or a significant decrease in pressure can trigger migraines.

Robblee said any patients experiencing more frequent attacks should check in with their doctor.

Lindsey Collom Riley is assistant news director at KJZZ. She joined the team as a senior editor June 2022 after more than two decades of reporting and editing for print/digital news in metro Phoenix.