Environment often plays a large role in how severe or frequent your migraines may be. Researchers have compiled a list of the worst and best cities for migraine sufferers to live in. If you are suffering from migraines, it may be worth considering your living conditions. In that case, it may be a good idea to check out the lists below and consider a change in altitude!
Top 5 Worst Cities to Live in for Migraines:
– Cincinnati, OH
– Madison, WI
– Knoxville, TN
– St. Louis, MO
– Nashville, TN
Top 5 Best Cities to Live in for Migraines:
– New Haven-Bridgeport-Stamford, CT
– Boston-Worcester-Lawrence, CT
– McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
– El Paso, TX
– Salina, CA
This research is based off of several statistics, including:
1. Lifestyle Factors
This includes number of hours worked, plane travel, frequency of insomnia and sunburn, and frequency of exercise.
The number of migraine prescriptions filled is telling about a city’s migraine population.
3. Environmental Factors
This includes wind, altitude, weather changes, cold and hot temperatures, divorce rate, and suicide rate in the city.
4. Migraine-triggering foods
Consumption of common migraine-triggering foods such as chocolate, alcohol, citrus fruits, cheese, pickles, nuts, and coffee.
These are all important factors to keep in mind when you are considering a potential living area. These are also factors that may point to your migraine triggers. If you live in an area with higher risk factors for migraines and would like to learn more about what you can do to manage your symptoms, schedule a ,free virtual discovery visit and we would be happy to talk with you.
P.S. For more information on environmental factors that affect headaches and migraines, check out our podcast episode on barometric pressure!