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Multiple Triggers

I've just started a new job and I'm already resigning because of the multiple migraine triggers. The job is in a college bookstore and the job itself is great. But there is little to no working air conditioning with the weather being in the 90's. The store is full of new clothing so the air is full of the odor of the sizing used on the clothing. And the store has fluorescent lighting. I woke up on day three with one of the most severe TAC migraines I've ever had and couldn't make it into work without throwing up. So I took 2 days off and am going to try to work today even though the migraine is still in the background. I feel awful having to quit but this is not a situation that I can live with on a daily basis. Has anyone else had a similar experience?

  1. Shoe store.

    Same issues. New product and packaging smell and lighting.

    I resigned after two weeks.

    At the time, I had yet to ever experience migraine with head pain. Looking back, I probably had "silent" migraines.

    Nausea, mood disturbance, vertigo, visual disturbance.

    I thought myself just "sensitive" or "crazy".

    Could I have worn a surgical mask and tinted lenses? Maybe.

    Personally, it was easier for me to just quit. The job was low-paying anyway.

    Best wishes that things resolve for you.

    1. Hi Allison,

      I'm so sorry you have to give up your job due to migraine disease. I can tell you you're not alone - as you can see! It doesn't make things easier, just good to know we're not alone in our journey. Thank you for sharing it with our community.

      Fluorescent lighting it tough for many of us. Have you had an opportunity to check out glasses that are specifically designed to help with light sensitivity? There are a number of companies who make them. I have a pair of outdoor sunglasses from TheraSpecs I love!!

      Please keep us posted on how you are doing,

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