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  • By glassmind

    Yet another new trigger. Alas.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi glassmind,

    It’s frustrating how our triggers can change over time. It would be nice to eliminate some of them instead of adding!!

    I don’t go to the movies often but when I do I try and remember ear plugs, it helps with sound.

    I also wonder if glasses specifically made for indoor light sensitivity would be helpful?

    Wishing you a low pain day,
    Nancy

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    • By glassmind

      The sound is a big trigger. It’s just too visually overwhelming. The previews are too flashy even if ghe movie is tame. Sunglasses help with the brightness, but the led strip lighting for the aisles gives me vertigo and migraine, too.

      The oversized visuals is just too much also. My brain seems to want life in only life sized and paced form any longer.

      I’m just gonna stay home for movies now.

      I’m kinda okay with it.

      It’s more the missed social connections. But I have three friends who like movies at home, so we just do that now.

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    • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

      Hi glassmind,

      Good to hear you’ve found a group of friends who are willing to watch movies at home – they sounds like keepers!!

      Wishing you a low pain day,
      Nancy

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  • By Galadhwen

    Just coming by to say–I feel you. The sensory things aren’t so bad for me that I can’t enjoy a movie on a good day, thankfully, though I rarely watch anything in the theater anymore without wearing earplugs (and forget about amplified concerts). But there have been plenty of days when I nope out of going to see something I was excited about because I’m somewhere on the predrome-migraine-postdrome lineup, and I’ve learned to watch for seizure warnings on media. (There are parts of Incredibles 2 and Into the Spidey-Verse that I just can’t watch on any sized screen.)

    I’m glad you have home movie buddies! Your mileage may vary but I’ve gotten into fictional-podcast culture too, the shows that are modeled more or less on golden-age radio plays. It’s a great creative media that involves zero visual overstimulation.

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    • By glassmind

      I do enjoy podcasts. Will look for fictional ones. I love old time radio. Used to listen to old shows on cassette. Thanks for the tip.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Great idea, Galadhwen!! Thank you for sharing that with us. I’ve just started to get into podcasts, and love them!! You’re right, no overstimulation.

    Wishing you a low pain day,
    Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator

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  • By Lloydy360

    I feel your pain as i’m a huge movie geek, Bizarrely i have the opposite problem to yours with my migraines, I can go to the cinema and watch films without it being too much of a problem, i may still have some symptoms but can actually enjoy watching a full film without feeling terrible but i can’t watch any kind of tv or films at home as it sets me straight off, I have never quite understood this, migraines are strange to the least! Have you tried different cinemas, I have found some that were worse for me than others, i believe cinemas with a laser projector seem to be the best for me,

    Lloyd

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    • By glassmind

      It seems any theater. Any movie on the big screen. Any any “flashy” movie on any screen. There might be a big screen out there that would work, but I have given up trying. The risk is too great. Thanks for the feedback and I’m happy for you are able to enjoy the laser projected films.

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  • By Galadhwen

    Lloyd, actually that doesn’t seem odd to me–it depends on what is triggering your migraines. Do you have trouble with computers and phones? TV screens are backlit in a way that movies projected onto a screen are not. Just a theory from someone who keeps the brightness turned all the way down on my devices!

    Nancy, what are your favorite podcasts? I adore Decoder Ring Theater’s Red Panda Adventures (Canadian 1930s-1940s superheroes with a nice tonal balance of humor, campy love for the genre, and hard-hitting moral complexity especially in the midseries) and their Black Jack Justice (straight-up hardboiled Film Noir detective duo that seems to be in the 1950s though it’s never spelled out, plenty of witty banter as well as moral complexity). I also love Marvel’s Wolverine podcasts (two of them now–The Long Night is a small-town Alaska mystery with menacing supernatural undertones that’s less about Wolverine than about the holes he leaves in people’s lives; The Lost Trail is about Wolverine tracking down an old friend in the bayou and getting tied up in a string of suspicious disappearances). My other top favorite is Limetown (fictional investigative journalism podcast about a science experimental town that empties overnight–this one left me & a friend shaking a couple of times).

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    • By Lloydy360

      Hi there, yes phones and Tv screens are such a trigger than i can’t use them at all, I could tolerate a phone with a blue light blocking app and the brightness turned down to some degree and for a limted time but in the end i got too frustrated by it and so don’t use them at all, I did figure that perhaps this could be why i was able to watch films at the cinema and have been looking for a solution in the way of a projector or something i could use at home to be able to watch tv/Movies . High definition footage seems to be a bigger trigger than dvd too for me too

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    • By glassmind

      Hi def is the worst! Lol Real life is fuzzier? But true. In real life there are fields of ever changing focus. Hi def is a visual assault to me. I refuse to even try “virtual reality.” I’ll stick to real reality.

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    • By glassmind

      Thanks for some specific podcast recommendations.Black Jack Justice sounds interesting.

      I also keep all electronics dim and use very low watt incandesent bulbs (7-40 watt) including amber glass and red glass ones. Which are increasingly hard to find. All led lights are triggers for me (halogen and florecent, too). Incandesent, sun and candles are all okay unless I am having a migraine attack or if those are flickering.

      I watch for those seizure warnings, too. And avoid even watching others play video games.

      I keep my world so dim, others say “I can’t see”. Yet, I can see. Wonder if the opthamologist can test for light accuity. I can always see in low light conditions that others say they cannot. And what others call normal brightness to me seems blinding in artificial lighting settings.

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  • By Lloydy360

    I also have some issues with the computer and reading off white backgrounds etc

    Lloyd

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    • By glassmind

      White backgrounds even on paper always bothered me.

      In school, I had trouble reading if the page was too white or glossy and had to wear rose tinted glasses in school. I just got headaches, though, then.

      Now it is Migraine.

      I just pass on stark white paper or glossy pages. If it something I “need” to read, I don sunglasses, or explain that the contrast triggers migraines and ask someone else to read it to me.

      This is challenging though as I retain info better if I read it than if I hear it. So, yeah, lol

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Lloydy360, glassmind and Galadhwen,

    Great exchanges and support! You guys are terrific.

    My podcast listening has included Serial, Dirty John, The Way I Heard it, The Hidden Brain, Joe Rogan to name a few.

    Thank you for all the tips!
    Nancy

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    That’s great, glassmind!!

    I’m going to check that out!

    Nancy

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