How can I study when the light triggers nausea and dizziness???

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Rbn343
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   Posted 2/8/2010 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have suffered from classic migraines (with visual aura) for 23 years now (I'm 40).  Light has always been a trigger.  When I worked in an office, I had to wear tinted glasses (no prescription) in order to make it through a staff meeting because the flourescent lights just made me ill.
I'm now trying to take some online classes, and have a lot of reading to do.  I have a couple older Ott Lamps, which are supposed to be great, but there's a lot of glare, and I get dizzy.  I just bought a lamp with the "natural full spectrum" bulb (it has 4 loops to it), and the bright white light immediately made me nauseous and dizzy.  I asked a non-migraine friend her opinion, and she said that it was too bright and caused glare on the page.
I am at a loss as to what magic lightbulb will allow me to study.  I checked online, and all I could find were articles bashing people, and organizations, who have postulated that the new CFLs may trigger migraine attacks.  It is well known, and accepted, theat flourescent bulbs can be triggers, so it's not lthat much of a reach to think that compact versions would do the same. 
If anyone has had any luck with finding a good lightbulb, one that just provides light, without any side effects, please let me know.  I'm desperate at this point.
 
Thank you,

korbnep
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 2/9/2010 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
You mentioned the full spectrum light. They can be very useful for mood but can wreck havoc on some headache sufferers. My neurologist has recommended that type of lights with a sort of blue tint that eliminates the harsher wavelengths or colors. I don't actually have one but you might want to look into it.

Also, for computer use, in the past I've used an add-on for the Firefox browser called EasyRead--it changes the color scheme of web pages while you browse to make it easier on your eyes. I recommend giving it a shot. Also you might be able to achieve a similar effect by tweaking your monitor settings and maybe changing your desktop theme to darker colors.

Good luck,

Ben
DX: NDPH, Recovered(?) CRPS
RX: Lamictal, Namenda, Nardil, Piroxicam, Oxycontin, Clonazepam, Rozerem, Ambien CR, Magnesium (800 mg/d), Riboflavin (400 mg/d), Fish Oil (2000 mg/d)

PRN: Ketamine nasal spray, Toradol IM, Celebrex, Lodine, Zofran, Phenergan,
rarely: Migranal, DHE IM, Reglan, Provigil, Maxalt, Zomig

I can be contacted personally via email at korbnep@gmail.com.


korbnep
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 327
   Posted 2/18/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I mistakenly wrote that you should look for a blue light when I should have said that you should seek a light that has the blue spectrum filtered OUT. Blue light has a relatively short wavelength so it also is higher energy/higher frequency--so more irritating to your eyes.

Ben
DX: NDPH, Recovered(?) CRPS
RX: Lamictal, Namenda, Nardil, Piroxicam, Oxycontin, Clonazepam, Rozerem, Ambien CR, Magnesium (800 mg/d), Riboflavin (400 mg/d), Fish Oil (2000 mg/d)

PRN: Ketamine nasal spray, Toradol IM, Celebrex, Lodine, Zofran, Phenergan,
rarely: Migranal, DHE IM, Reglan, Provigil, Maxalt, Zomig

I can be contacted personally via email at korbnep@gmail.com.

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