Migraines are debilitating and can affect all aspects of life, and if you’re like me and get them pretty often, you might want to take a look at one of the 10 best places to live in the US and Canada for migraine sufferers.
I suffer from severe migraines that are caused by a variety of triggers. A decent amount of my migraines aren’t caused by anything specific, that’s just the way my brain seems to work, but others are caused by weather conditions, allergies, lack of sleep, lack of caffeine, among others. It’s important for me to consider those things when I pick where to live and visit so I can be sure to be prepared. There’s nothing worse than going on vacation somewhere with a bunch of people and then realizing the town is full of cedar trees and then being bedridden for over half the trip. One time I went camping with a school leadership group, which was already a negative thing because I hate camping, and I couldn’t even function for most of it because it was humid and raining, which brought a lot of disgusting allergens out into the open air. Hard pass on camping.
Millions of people suffer from migraines and most who do have a history of them in their family, which was confirmed by the Migraine Research Foundation. Sometimes they can’t be prevented, but it’s important to recognize that certain places are just not going to be a fun experience.
Migraines are different than regular headaches, as they tend to only affect half the head and come with other symptoms, like nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and chills. For the most part, people can try to avoid the things they know will give them migraines. The most common are drastic weather changes, which affect air pressure and therefore head pain, food, and stressful lifestyles. The Human Health Project conducted a poll that showed which foods and activities trigger migraines the most. It concluded that caffeine intake and stress are top factors if there’s too much.
Sperling’s Best Places did a study on the worst places for migraine sufferers, and Cincinnati, Ohio topped the list. In order to help compile our list of the 10 best places to live in US and Canada for migraine sufferers, we used that study and also based it on the weather changes in different areas from AccuWeather. Places with less severe weather changes tend to be overall better environments for people who get frequent migraines.
Just like our list of the 10 Countries With the Best Climate for Longevity, moving to one of the 10 best places to live in the US and Canada for migraine sufferers could be a great option.