If you've ever suffered a migraine, you know that it's far more than just that crippling pulsing sensation — usually on one side of the head — that could cause nausea, vomiting or even extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
The Mayo Clinic explains that an attack can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days, and may progress through four stages. These are the prodrome, aura, headache and post-drome, though you may not necessarily experience all four stages.
Beyond trying to alleviate pain with ibuprofen, aspirin or stronger drugs prescribed by your doctor and trying to anticipate triggers, there's not much to be done. The causes of migraines are unclear, but some people report being triggered by weather-related events that include sun glare, extreme heat or cold, high humidity, stormy weather and, particularly, changes in barometric pressure.
Monitoring weather changes and staying ahead of triggers can get tricky. To help migraine sufferers alleviate symptoms, Cirrus Healthcare Products developed MigraineX — a pair of ear plugs designed to reduce the duration, intensity and discomfort of migraine headaches triggered by barometric pressure changes. According to the company, MigraineX provides relief for migraine symptoms in 81% of sufferers when paired with regular migraine medication, and also helps alleviate sinus and other severe headaches. At the first sign of symptoms, you simply insert the ear plugs.
The company also launched an app, likewise called MigraineX, to serve as an alert system and companion to its new product. The app alerts sufferers when weather pressure changes are likely to trigger migraine attacks.
The app sends alerts notifying you of any expected changes in barometric pressure up to seven days in advance. It also send you a 24-hour alert so you can start taking your medication, as directed by your doctor, and get ready to start using your ear plugs to begin regulating the pressure in your ears.