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Phonophobia-Music-Trigger

  • By debbiec

    Since this topic was brought up in the migraine.com email today, I feel better discussing this trigger as I did not see it mentioned before and thought it might be just me. I have a severe reaction to certain music, where it makes me feel dizzy and nauseous and I have to immediately change the channel on the radio or leave the room. It will cause me to begin having a stress reaction and then an aura which will then trigger the migraine. I first noticed it in college in reaction to some (not all) music by The Who. More recently, I reacted to music by David Guetta. It’s not that I don’t like the music, it’s that something in the pattern of the music makes me physically ill. I am sensitive to sound a lot of the time – I prefer quiet to a lot of random noise, though I will say I do like my rock music loud, just not music that has a certain type of sound to it. When I do have a migraine, I need QUIET – sound makes me sick.

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Debbie,
    I have not experienced issues with certain music causing the Migraines to become worse, but it makes sense. The body is so complex and everyone is different. If phonophobia is a severe issue for you I can understand why certain beats would be difficult to deal with.

    I thought you might be interested in a book called Musicophilia written by famed neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks. He also wrote Awakenings, which was then turned into a movie years ago. In the 70’s he wrote a very clinical book called Migraine. The book discusses how music affects the brain and vice-versa. I’m not finished reading it, but I’ll let you know if he mentions your trigger in there!
    -Katie

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