Just joined the forums today on the advice of a friend who suggested I make my migraine trigger known in the hopes that it may help fellow sufferers.
For me, a wireless signal from a home computer router ( WiFi ) will set off either a low grade headache or a migraine.
Specifically, I am talking about the devices provided by an Internet company to a home user that connects the home user to the Internet. I won't mention manufacturer names, but some of the devices can be connected via phone line or by cable. As a 'feature' some of the devices have "WiFi" which sends out a wireless signal in the users' home to allow them to connect their other devices ( laptops, iPads etc ) to the Internet.
For over 10 years, I have noticed that if a device has its Wireless signal turned on, it will cause me to start getting headache symptoms within minutes of being in its vicinity.
The closer I am, the more intense the headache. And the further away from it I am, the less intense, but still noticeable, the effect is.
This has been a very unfortunate development for me, as I work in the computer industry, and am frequently near wireless signals in the workplace.
The reason I have posted on this forum, is to make other readers aware of a possible trigger for their migraines.
Unfortunately, WiFi signals as a trigger or cause for illnesses is not taken seriously at this point in time. A quick search of the Internet will return MANY links to discussions.
Almost all of them include the comment that they are never taken seriously, and learn to deal with the situation in their own way.
A friend of mine, who has seen me dealing with this for several years, remarked the other day that there may be headache/migraine sufferers who have their home WiFi turned on, and may be causing their own migraines, and NOT REALIZING IT !!! He suggested that I post my experiences on a migraine message forum in the hopes that it may help at least one person.
A simple test is to turn off your home wireless signal and wait a few hours to see if your
headaches/migraine goes away. You can't get a more simple test than that.
A recent event for me:
I helped a guy setup his new printer that he purchased.
When I arrived at his apartment, my head started to feel like someone was twisting it from within, and my eyes felt like they were being pulled into crossing. My headache was beginning. I looked around the room, and saw an Internet router with flashing lights on the shelf. Yes, there was the culprit. He said he wanted his printer hooked up wirelessly. Not saying a word, I began the procedure and within minutes, got the printer hooked up and printing wirelessly from the guys laptop computer. And I got out of there as fast as possible !!
It took at least a 1/2 hour before my headache subsided. I am truly amazed. Shocked. At how other people can sit in the same room as a wireless router that is emitting a signal, and they are not affected. Without going into it too far, I DO BELIEVE that a wireless signal negatively affects people in the long run, but am not going to go into that in this forum.
I am posting this with the thought that maybe at least one of you readers out there may find this useful. Do you have a wireless signal in your own home that is causing your migraines? The simple test is to unplug it, and see if your pounding headache clears up.
No cost. No complicated procedure. Just unplug the darn thing and see what happens.
Myself, I have NO wireless devices in my apartment. And yes, my neighbors all have wireless signals blaring out. And yes, they are negatively affecting me, but thank goodness, the signals are far enough way that they are tolerable. ( for the most part ).
If this post has helped any of you, or might help anyone you know, then I am ecstatic.
My cell phone does NOT affect me ( thank goodness) and I have a free app on it that detects wifi signals and their strength. ( I use that in my line of work also )
For the past 10 years, I have been living with headaches / migraines that have had me down on my knees in pain, sick to my stomach, and cloudy headed.
I found out that FOR ME, it is caused by WiFi signals from wireless routers.
I avoid wireless routers as much as possible, and I have reduced my headaches markedly.
Hope this helps...