Meteosensitivity — Truth or Myth?

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A lot of people listen carefully to the weather forecast is not only to decide what to wear tomorrow. They firmly believe that their health is largely dependent on the whims of nature.

Meteosensitivity (Meteotropic) — painful reaction of some people to changing weather conditions.

Some people do not feel well while reducing the atmospheric pressure at the other, on the contrary, have a headache on bright sunny days when the pressure is high. If the person suffered any injury (fracture, ligament rupture), or he has a disease of the joints, it is better than any barometer can feel nature's whims.

But there are a lot of lucky people for whom "There is no bad weather," they do not notice these changes and thrive in any weather. Why do people react differently to the weather and what it depends on meteotropic?

Meteosensitivity - Truth or Myth?

Elena Filatova Glebovna — chief doctor of the clinic,
MD, professor of neurology FPPO PMGMU them. And Sechenov.

Man a warm blooded mammal. Unlike cold-blooded animals, which in the cold season is slowing metabolism, causing them to go into hibernation, a person has a perfect system that supports a constant internal environment — blood pressure, body temperature, metabolic rate, pH of blood, and so etc. This gave the man a certain degree of freedom from the external environment and allowed to climb to a higher stage of evolution. The constancy of the internal environment of a person provided vegetative (autonomous) nervous system.

This system has two divisions:

  • sympathetic, if enabled, increased blood pressure, decreased lumen of blood vessels, increased heart rate, increased rate of metabolic processes;
  • parasympathetic, activation of which leads to the exact opposite reaction.

If you violate well-functioning of the autonomic nervous system (in medical terms — dystonia), the external environment is beginning to have a major impact on the body and it is shown meteotropic. In other words, meteotropic is not a disease but a symptom of vegetative dystonia.

The causes of dystonia

Sometimes it happens that a change in the weather causes headaches even in healthy, at first glance, the young people who do not fall into the risk group. Typically, these patients headache accompanied by nausea or vomiting, light-and phonophobia, and knocks them out of the rut of working for at least a day. In this case one can assume the presence of a migraine patient, which requires significant testing and treatment.

In 90 percent of cases, the cause of vegetative dystonia are mental disorders. People hypochondriac, anxious, experiencing repeated stressful events or residing in a chronic emotional stress, be sure to have signs of vegetative dystonia and often meteotropic. Also, meteotropic peculiar to people with mental disorders anxiety or depressive character.

Sometimes it happens that a change in the weather causes headaches even in healthy, at first glance, the young people who do not fall into the risk group. Typically, these patients headache accompanied by nausea or vomiting, light-and phonophobia, and knocks them out of the rut of working for at least a day. In this case one can assume the presence of a migraine patient, which requires significant testing and treatment.

In addition to the mental factor meteotropic may be also due to the hormonal changes. Those at risk include young people in puberty, women in pre-and post-menopausal, pregnant. People who have suffered severe illness and recover from them, can also be affected by the vagaries of nature.

How to deal with it?

  • In the first place physical culture. The clinic Head Pain and autonomic disorders of Academician Alexander Wayne developed a set of physical therapy and yoga therapy to strengthen the muscles, mental and physical relaxation, which, in turn, increases the tone of the autonomic nervous system;
  • A very useful hardening and water treatments — baths, douches, swimming in the pool;
  • It is important that food contained a sufficient amount of vitamins, and in their short supply (in the winter and early spring) must also take a multivitamin.

With the ineffectiveness of the above methods is to see a doctor. If the cause is meteotropic increased anxiety or depression, the qualified Headache clinic and autonomic disorders help to cope with it, and if necessary appoint medications that are most effective in each individual case.

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