Why You Get Seasonal Headaches | Dr. Roshini Raj

Why You Get Seasonal Headaches | Dr. Roshini Raj


We have cameras set up at New London Pharmacy down the street, and hopefully there’s a few people there with questions for Dr. Raj. I see one! Susan? Are you Susan? Hi! I am, hi Rachael, hi Dr. Raj. Hi! Hello. Anyway, the doctor is in, what would you like to know from Dr. Raj? So, whenever the seasons change, I wake up with a headache every single morning. Oh my mom, it’s my mom. It lasts several hours, once I have some coffee, maybe I’ll get up and workout a little bit and it goes away, but I’m just wondering why, during season change, that happens to me. Yeah my mom has never suffered from allergies, not to my knowledge anyway, my brother and I both have bad allergies but my mom, when the seasons change, will wake up with like, excruciating headaches. It’s a really interesting phenomenon Susan, great question. So we have sinuses, right, these sort of pockets of air in our forehead, in our cheek areas, and that has a certain pressure, and when the atmospheric pressure is the same as our internal pressure we’re good. But when the seasons change, what’s called the barometric or atmospheric pressure, there’s a little bit of a mismatch between the pressure outside and what’s in our body, and it takes a few days sometimes for that to equalibrate, and that can trigger– So it really is a seasonal thing? It is a seasonal thing, and that’s why, you know, same reason some people get pain in their joints with certain weather changes, it’s the barometric pressure outside not matching with the pressure inside their body. It may be also about staying indoors more, when the season actually just for those– Don’t go for the walk, don’t workout! Just for the couple days, just for the couple days– And have ice-cream! That’s right, gotta cool off. Thank you. You’re welcome. (audience clapping) Hi Rachael, hi Dr. Raj. So, I travel a lot for work, and sometimes I get stomach aches when I’m running around town. Is there any way I could fix that or do something if I don’t have medicine on me? Well, all right, so I’m a gastroenterolgist, so this is near and dear to my heart. Oh, this is … we’ve got your woman! I know. And what I would say is, Ryan, probably you should make an appointment with someone like me to talk about it in greater detail, but a little quick and easy trick you can do on the road, you have no access to medicine or even a pharmacy, I actually try to talk about acupressure as a way to kind of ease stomach aches, and one that I really recommend is four finger-breadths above your belly button, above your navel, you apply pressure gently, in a circular motion, for about five minutes, and this is one of the pressure points that does seem to help with abdominal pain, so give it a try. So four finger-lengths above your belly button, circular motion. If you had pasta for lunch you will throw up. (audience laughing) Not too hard, okay, good point, not too hard. That might make you feel better too. He should go see a doctor if he has frequent stomach pain. Don’t you think?
For sure, for sure. I’ll call you for an appointment. All right, very good, I’ll see you soon! (audience clapping and cheering)

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