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Sunlight Sensitivity

  • By Sawhands

    Hi all,

    I’m new to the forums, so forgive me if this is discussed elsewhere. I have chronic headache and migraine for the past few years. I don’t have a lot of triggers, but sunlight is one of them. I put on sunglasses before I go outside to minimize the sun exposure, but it doesn’t make much of a difference. On sunny days, the pain is always worse. My neurologists have not provided any tips for dealing with this trigger. Does anyone here have any tips for dealing with sunlight?

    Thanks!

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Sawhands,

    Yes, I can help you with this. Many people with migraine are sensitive to light, and many other things. First, let me share information about triggers with you; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-management-essential-trigger-management/.

    There are special glasses that are made specifically for people with migraine who have an issue with this. Two manufacturers include TheraSpecs and Axon. You can follow these links and read more about these glasses; https://migraine.com/sponsored/sponsored-proven-migraine-relief-with-new-theraspecs-glasses/ and https://migraine.com/sponsored/are-you-ignoring-one-of-the-top-migraine-triggers/.

    You can also read more about light sensitivity in this discussion; https://migraine.com/topic/sensitivity-to-light/.

    I hope this helps,

    Nancy

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  • By Jim P.

    My occurrence of migraines increases during the fall even though the weather becomes milder. I have heard that it’s because the angle of the sun changes during the fall. Has anyone else heard of this?
    Thanks, Jim Perkins

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  • By Filb

    It could be the accompanying heat, versus just sun. I do find if even a bit of glare pokes around the sunglasses, it annoys me. Thanks for the tip though on the glasses, Nancy.

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