Migraine Awareness Month #8

Subtitle:  Let There Be Light
Most migraneurs have issues with light sensitivity.  What do you do to cope with it?

Simple answer:  I live in the Pacific Northwest.  This has been my home since December of 1979.  I came by way of Queens County, New York with a short year and a half to finish college in Arizona.  Having lost my parents, I had no ties to anyplace.  So I vacationed in the Portland area where my sister lived, fell in love with the area and packed to move here when school was finished.

Maybe it was fate; not only because I met my husband and have two children with him, but because of the weather.  It’s often overcast, rainy and foggy.  The perfect natural filter for a migraine brain sensitive to light.  Before I had transitional lenses or even wore glasses, however, I often put shades on in the cloudy weather. 

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My coping mechanisms for bright light are the typical dark room, towel or ice pack over my eyes, sunglass lenses that are custom fit and clip over my prescription glasses, and light avoidance.  The last one on the list can be a bit sad.  This past Wednesday, I was forced to shut the curtains on our first sunny day in the last eleven.  It felt extra punitive to be stuck with a severe migraine and not be able to revel in the sunshine.  But we do what we have to.

On a side note, I must grouse about those energy efficient light bulbs.  Great for the environment, not so great for migraneurs.  They stick out from the light covers like a blazing torch.  The inventors need to come up with a shorter version, or maybe they have already.  I wouldn’t know because these light bulbs last forever.

What do you do to cope with light sensitivity?

National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation

The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by http://www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com

About andreamarjulie

Just trying to navigate a life circumvented by chronic migraines. Sometimes I write about managing with those, but at other times I am prone to deviate a bit.
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