Help w/Migraines from Sunlight

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suz9601
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   Posted 10/17/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I have migraines triggered by sunlight. Is there anything I can do to help this? I have tried about 10 different sunglasses and none of them seem to block the light enough. What causes this all of a sudden? I mean I have always had monthly migraines but nothig like this where I get them daily if I have ANY light coming into my house. Thanks for any advice.

~Liz
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   Posted 10/24/2007 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Sunlight is a very common trigger for migraines.  You can develop new triggers anytime really, and old triggers can fade away.  It could be that the sunglasses don't help much because the light can easily come in from the sides.  You might want to think about trying tinted contacts that block UV rays and reduce the glare from the sun or other bright lights.  An eyedoctor can help you chose what would be the best for you.  Hope this helps :)

suz9601
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   Posted 10/25/2007 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply. I will try to find some better sunglasses. I already asked my eye doctor and he was of no help, but thanks again I appreciate it.

~Liz
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   Posted 10/25/2007 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry to hear that your eye doctor wasn't of any help, but you can always try another one or buy contacts online, that was what I did. I hope you are able to find something that helps, good luck! :)

CRANKY 1
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   Posted 10/31/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Bright lights will give me a migraine in a heartbeat.  I have sunglasses that wrap-around, but they aren't dark enought to help either.  Even headlights from driving at night will set off a migraine.  If I have to get a pain shot at a medical facility, I always get them to turn off the lights in my room.  Right now, I'm looking for a good set of blackout curtains for my bedroom, as I just finished moving.  I usually avoid going outside if I can.  Even bright flourescent lights in a store can get a migraine going.  At least I have someone to commiserate with now!

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Tikitana
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   Posted 11/14/2007 1:19 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm so glad to know that I'm not alone!  At work, I chose a cubicle that was as far away from a light as possible, but it wasn't enough.  I had to have them unscrew the flourescent lights above and buy a lamp to work by.  It still didn't help, and I've been on medical leave for the last 6 wks.  I, too, have dark sunglasses that wrap around and even wear them inside when I feel a h/a coming on.  My husband drives me at night if possible, since headlights/taillights also trigger my migraines.

Thanks for posting this ~ I wish you luck in finding something that will work for you.


-Tikitana
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