• Jessica Jessica
    January 23, 2009
    Are migraines often triggered by fluorescent lighting and computer usage???
    Jessica Jessica
    January 23, 2009

    I am 4 months into a new job.  I work in a office, and the majority of my job is on the computer.  The office lighting is all ceiling and fluorescent lights.  Nearly everyday....I find myself dizzy, nauseated, and with a headache.  I have a history of migraines.  Shopping in stores with bright fluorescent lights and glare have always been triggers.  What can I do?  Does this sound normal for the situation?  Jessica-Ohio



  • Teri Robert
    Health Guide
    January 24, 2009
    Teri Robert
    Health Guide
    January 24, 2009



    What makes both fluorescent lighting and some computer monitors potential triggers is that they flicker. The flicker isn't visible, but it's there. Glare can also be a problem.


    You can find tips for handling these issues in this article -- Migraines at Work? Check the Lighting.


    If you'd like to talk with other Migraineurs who have dealt with this situation or get some additional support, come join our discussion forum. You'll need to register again once there because it's a separate membership database, but you can use the same member name, email address, and password that you used here. You can find our forum at http://forums.healthcentral.com/discussion/migraine/forums.


    Good luck,



  • tx2sum January 26, 2009
    January 26, 2009

    Hi Jessica,


    What kind of monitor do you have at work?  If it is the older crt-style, then flicker can definitely be a problem.  If you have the newer flat screen lcd displays then I believe the problem is much less.  Flicker used to drive me crazy.  Sometimes I would not notice flicker unless I saw the monitor out of the corner of my eye.

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