With Migraine disease, there are many possible symptoms, including photophobia. Photophobia is increased, often painful, sensitivity to light.
Photophobia often sends us seeking a dark room or has us wearing sunglasses. It can begin as early as the prodrome phase of a Migraine attack (see Anatomy of a Migraine) and continue through the rest of the attack.
Just to be contrary and confuse us, many Migraineurs find ourselves experiencing photophobia interictally (between Migraine attacks.)
Researchers ate Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have discovered why light makes Migraine pain worse. It has to do with how visual and pain pathways converge in the brain. Lead researcher Dr. Rami Burstein commented:
"We had no clue in the world where in the world light and pain talk to each other in the brain. They have completely different pathways in the brain... We identified a new pathway in the brain that originates in the eye and goes to the brain areas wher...
If you find that you have more headaches and Migraines while at work, it may be the office lighting. Traditional office lighting generally presents three potential headache and Migraine triggers : Glare on computer screens from any overhead lighting Glare from overhead incandescent lighting Flicker from fluorescent lighting Let's take a look at these three issues: Glare on a computer screen from overhead lighting may be the easiest to address. There are several approaches you can take: Reposition the monitor so the light hits it more indirectly. Attach a glare screen to your monitor. Put a hood over your monitor to keep light from hitting it from above and from the sides. Depending on which lights are on the various switches, turn off the lights over your work area. If other methods haven't worked, and you can't turn off only the lights in your own work area talk to your supervisor or other appropriate person a...
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