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One of the problems that many Migraineurs have in common is dealing with light, even between Migraines. Many of us find that we're photosensitive between Migraines, and during Migraines, that increased sensitivity to light is one of our most severe symptoms.
Research has also shown that during a Migraine, light can increase our Migraine pain via a pathway in the brain that originates in the eye and goes to areas in the brain where neurons are located that activate during a Migraine attack. Light can increase the electrical activity in neurons, making the pain of the Migraine worse.
Some Migraineurs have found that wearing sunglasses have helped them with their light sensitivity issues; others have found little help from them. Research into the different wave lengths of light that are most frequently problematic have led to the development of special glasses for Migraineurs that have precision tinted lenses in a tint called FL-41, which filters out the most common problem...
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...
Think you know the difference between a Migraine medication allergy and an adverse reaction or sensitivity ? Understanding and reporting these correctly could mean the difference between life and death, so let's get a conversation going here so you can talk to your doctor and potentially question if your medical records should be changed .
What Is a Medication Allergy?
Patients are often very surprised to learn, most drug reactions are not a true drug allergy, sometimes even when they look like an allergy.
A true drug allergy occurs when the immune system is triggered by a medicine. Your immune system has a hyper-reaction to something you have come into contact with. This can happen with over-the-counter preparations, or prescription medications.
An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system is triggered by an antigen . The job of our immune system is to get rid of foreign invaders or molecules that might hurt our bodies. An antigen is a foreign substan...
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