migraine awareness

Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge #8: "Let there be light."

Most Migraineurs have issues with light sensitivity. What do you do to cope with it?

This is a big one for me.  Maybe because with fibromyalgia I also have light sensitivity, but either way I am very photophobic which is just made worse with a migraine.  I also have a prolonged migraine aura of visual snow… which looks like a billion sparkles of light dancing in the sky, but when you look at things makes them all warpy.  So I never, ever leave the house without sunglasses.  I own several pairs of varying strengths and tints depending on the time of day and whether it is sunny or cloudy, but I always have a pair on.  It is both too painful not to wear them and also too sparkly.  For indoors at work I wear pink tinted glasses as that tint seems to decrease the intensity of fluorescent lights by contrasting against the blue spectrum… and I have mentioned on here those specs developed with an orange based tint that might even be better but I have not tried that myself.  I got the pink tint after reading a study on photosenitivity and it really does help… so there is definitely something to trying different tints out.  I just recently tried an orange tint on sunglasses but find they are not quite dark enough… they provide an interesting amount of clarity which I like, given they do reduce the pain associated with photosensitivity but the shade is not dark enough to reduce the visibility of the aura sparkles which is a bit of an issue for me.

I also like hats.  And I often wear hats with sunglasses.  People tend to give me funny looks when I do.  That is people over a certain age.  Suspcious looks.  Like I’m a shifty character.  Or stoned.

Unfortunately for my common-law spouse I also confront light sensitivity by living in almost complete darkness.  My house is very gloomy indeed.  Blackout curtains in all the rooms.  The bedroom has closed blinds, navy curtains over top which are closed and then pinned to the wall to prevent any light leakage.  The living room has wooden blinds, also closed and long closed curtains.  The only place I permit light is the kitchen and that is because he insisted and so I avoid it mostly.  All the lights are the low wattage sort and indirect lighting is what I like

National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by http://www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com. https://w.atcontent.com/-/2qG2QZ-EFt-/nikki.albert/55BzGkp_4mo.text/Panel/Autocheck

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