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Barometric pressure and anxiety; I'm a human barometer!
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:19:09 PM »
My wife and I were having a great day together today; I was feeling quite well and we had stopped for lunch. About halfway through lunch I began to feel dreadful, very suddenly. I felt weak, anxious, and sick. I had no idea why I felt this way but it was clear that my brain was trying to give me a severe anxiety attack. We got the rest of our food to go and left. Once we stepped out of the restaurant I could see that there were some large clouds starting to build on the horizon. My wife dropped me off at home and went off to finish our errands alone while I went to bed to try to rest and relax. Less than an hour later I was startled by crashing, roaring sound, which turned out to be the mother of all hailstorms hammering our house. I have had many similar experiences, and i tend to have my worst anxiety during the times of year when we have severe wind and pressure changes. I can not find any real, scientific literature confirming that anxiety can be caused by barometric changes, but I know that it does for me at least. Has anyone else experienced something similar? Any advice for helping me control this sort of anxiety? Storms don't even make me anxious; the sound and smell of rain and thunder are actually soothing to me. It's just the sudden change in barometric pressure which I think is responsible somehow.
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Re: Barometric pressure and anxiety; I'm a human barometer!
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2014, 09:54:02 PM »
I do think that is very possible....I know I am like a human barometer because I can always tell when the weather is changing or brewing as I feel pain in past injury sites.  We who suffer anxiety are very in tune to our bodies----what ever physiological changes you had because of the barometric changes, fired off your anxiety alarm, confusing any normal changes with something being wrong.  Very understandable.
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Re: Barometric pressure and anxiety; I'm a human barometer!
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2014, 02:59:25 PM »
I have the same issue. I get extreme vertigo and migraines from rapid barometric pressure changes. Really, the best advice I have you already have done: Recognize that its from the barometric pressure change. Then next time you start to feel that way, go to this site: http://www.weather.gov/ type in your zip code in the top left corner. then look at the 3 day history and see that indeed, the barometric pressure has been changing rapidly.

Its what I do. I actually have it bookmarked. But really, you can start to notice these symptoms in advance... sometimes even a day in advance, usually in a more minor form...

What I'm trying to say is, it may get worse in the next few hours. if it does, try not to get too concerned.
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Re: Barometric pressure and anxiety; I'm a human barometer!
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2014, 11:22:20 AM »
i get the same way, I have severe allergies and sinuses. And I think it has more to do with the sinuses flaring up that causes this. I take allergy meds everyday and sinus meds the day i feel like it will start to bother me. And anxiety can affect your sinuses more and give you symptoms similar to anxiety.
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