Do Fluorescent Lights Trigger Migraines?

by:Lanson     2020-03-13
Well column for this week\'s Science Times focuses on pediatric migraine and whyto-
Due to bad habits such as lack of sleep and not eating, school hours can cause migraine.
But some readers have found another culprit they think.
Fluorescent lamps common in schools and other public buildings.
\"I suspect that lighting in many classrooms can be a contributing factor.
\"When I work in a room with overhead fluorescent lighting, I feel like I get a migraine within a few hours,\" reader Suki wrote . \".
\"If there is a magnetic ballast fluorescent lamp in the school, this can cause migraine.
Changing lighting is much better than taking drugs!
LeAnne Willson suggested. But is it true? I asked Dr.
Andrew Hershey, director of the Headache Center at Cincinnati Children\'s Hospital Medical Center, is also one of the leading experts in pediatric migraine across the country.
There is no evidence to support the common belief that all fluorescent lamps cause headaches, he said.
However, this does not mean that patients are also imagining things when they complain about headaches and pain after exposure to light.
\"There is a fear of light in migraine patients (
More sensitive to light)
, Even if they don\'t have a headache, compared to a non-headache
Immigration, \"wrote the doctor.
Good times in emailmail.
\"Therefore, exposed to bright lights (
Fluorescent, beach, snow, etc. )
High sensitivity (
Lack of sleep, menstrual period, no food, headache more than once a week)
Could push the patient to the edge. ”Dr.
Hershey noted that a small study suggests that blue light at a specific wavelength may be a greater trigger for migraine.
It is true that the old fluorescent lights emit blue light, but the new lights that most people come into contact with today send out \"more diffuse light and look like pink --
He said.
However, some cars now have blue headlights that help drivers see better, but are more blind to oncoming traffic.
In 1989, a report from the Occupational Health Yearbook surveyed 106 office staff in six random sampling offices in two buildings, one of which was air-
Air conditioning and other natural ventilation. Work-
Related headaches are more common in the air
A conditional building
Although the building has more lights, it has less daytime and less lighting.
However, the report found that workers with complaints of headache felt that the situation was related to office lighting.
In general, workers complaining about headaches found that the lights were not very comfortable compared to those who did not, and more glare would appear.
While a lot of people believe that fluorescent lamps are specific triggers, in general, this can be a matter of light, which happens to be the type of lighting they are most often exposed to in the classroom or in the workplace.
\"My view is that you need a brain that has become highly sensitive to genetic vulnerability, so it\'s easier to start attacking from light, sound, touch, smell, etc. ,” Dr. Hershey says.
\"I think the reader is reporting this fear of light.
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I have had a migraine for 40 years and I have a lot of triggers for my migraine, including light.
However, once I find my root cause, I will no longer have a headache no matter what triggers.
I removed the grain from my diet, and all the symptoms before and after migraine and headache disappeared completely.
The fluorescent lamps with poor maintenance will flash and can be seen by many people. (
How bad it is before a given person sees it seem to make a big difference. )
Since I don\'t have a migraine, I can\'t say if fiicker triggers a migraine, but it definitely causes eye fatigue.
Absolutely-the flashing light intensifies the migraine-when the sun is low in the sky, it can be as simple as driving through a stand tree.
Although not an expert, I believe that the fluorescent lamp will flash even if it is not completely perceptible (
Until they start to fail).
Burning an incandescent lamp in a room with a fluorescent lamp will reduce some flicker.
There is something called flashing stun that I seem to feel sick or migraine when exposed to flashing light.
Fifty years ago, I worked in a drawing room with lights.
I found that if one of the lights showed signs of failure, it caused the flashing of the lights in those days.
Within five minutes, I have a severe migraine, sometimes accompanied by vomiting.
In the past, I have also experienced mild symptoms of watching TV.
The attack always starts flashing from one of my eyes, strays from the center, and then increases until I can\'t see it.
I learned to eliminate myself quickly from these situations and the migraine did not develop.
So my attack was definitely caused by the old lights.
There are flashing lights in my house now, but there have been no attacks for decades.
I\'m not comfortable with any kind of flash and don\'t like it, and some of the imperceptible sounds from the lights also cause alarms.
I\'m 45 years old and I have a migraine as far as I can remember.
I didn\'t notice the direct connection between migraine and fluorescent lamps, but I realized early in school that fluorescent lamps made it difficult for me to concentrate.
My solution is to sit near the window as much as possible, but this does not completely alleviate the problem unless the lights are turned off.
I \'ve been using compact CFLs for years and have no problems with it, so I guess the problem is with the type or quality of fluorescent lamps that are common in schools and large office buildings.
I wouldn\'t be surprised to learn that fluorescent lights cause migraine, given how much they affect me.
A simple web search shows that a lot of research has been done on how fluorescent lamps affect students.
Sorry, as a life-long migraine patient, I can tell you that fluorescent lighting does cause migraine.
It\'s flashing for me, and in some cases it seems that others can\'t see it.
I have read some studies that show that light is the trigger for migraine in blind people who can\'t perceive light at all.
But most of the time, in old office buildings and schools, you will see long industrial fixtures, with a high-pitched electronic noise accompanying the light, leaving me to the deepest.
To be fair, some newer bulbs won\'t bother me, although the glaring light from many bulbs may bother me.
There is considerable evidence that flashing (even up to 60Hz) can cause migraine and epilepsy.
A CRT display set to a 60 hz refresh rate can trigger a migraine within minutes of a sensitive individual.
The magnetic ballast flashes at this frequency.
The equally bright electronic ballast fluorescent lamps operate at a thousand Hz frequency and do not flash, and in my experience, even if they are brighter than the magnetic fluorescent lamps they replace, do not trigger migraine. Dr.
Hershey\'s statement is incorrect, \"Some cars now have blue headlights that help drivers see better, but are more blind to oncoming traffic \".
These are called \"high\" headlights.
Intensity Discharge light or xenon-arc lamps (
Because they don\'t use filaments to produce light)
It\'s not actually blue.
They have roughly the same color temperature as the sun.
For example, the color temperature of my car\'s HID headlights is 4300 Kelvin;
The color temperature of typical daylight is 5500 Kelvin.
The color temperature of incandescent lamps is about 2700 Kelvin.
Due to the evolution of human eyes to their best state during the day, these lights greatly reduce eye fatigue.
They also light up the larger area and allow drivers to see the obstacles more quickly, so they are a vital safety program that continues to be seen as a source of profit for automakers --
Why else would it be a simple-to-
Installation helps prevent components that crash due to the driver being able to see what they need to avoid and stay awake during a long night trip.
The glare that is not properly placed at the figurative feet of HID lights is the result of improper installation by the owners, who think that these lights make their cars look \"more beautiful\" or \"more expensive\" and do not
Ballast and bulb)
Case designed for filament-
Lighting based on incandescent lamps.
This leads to a lot of glare. (
If you have a car with no HID headlights, you need to install one first-or third-
Party kit designed for your vehicle, including a new headlight housing, or-
This is a more likely solution because most vehicles lack after-sales service options and it is difficult for most car owners to find an installer who can or will do the job --
Sell the car and replace it with HID lights. )
Of course, it\'s free for you to like \"standard\" incandescent lamps, but if you don\'t like HID headlights, at least don\'t call them \"dislike\" things.
Light is certainly one of the factors of headache, as it is independent sensory activity that uses the most mental power.
The lack of the ability to \"burn\" existing energy is one of the explanations of the \"blind\"
Some people without vision may shake their heads back and forth or have other compensation gestures.
For those with epilepsy, there is also a link to the lights --and migraine-
To treat epilepsy, the brain sometimes takes the same preventive medicine.
Of course, some types of fluorescent bulbs will emit almost frequent pulses --
It is known that the light pulse that will trigger the attack.
Classic treatments for migraine include access to a cool, dark, quiet room, which is probably the most commonly used treatment for a while.
There are many good medicines and tools such as acupuncture or bio-feedback right now.
Not sure what tests have been done in these areas, but the connection seems clear if it hasn\'t been quantified yet.
The old light was annoying when I had already started migraine.
In addition, all the normal noise in the lights, computers, modern offices also causes irritation and pain.
The updated flash is better, but any glare is not good.
Over time, I realized that wearing an edge to cut off the light on the top of my head helped (
Looks weird but worth it).
I\'m not sure what the lighting is for, but it\'s a contributing factor.
Hershey believes that fear of light is a contributing factor for some people.
However, there appears to be sufficient anecdotal evidence in the population of migraine patients that fluorescence is a trigger for migraine.
Those who have problems with fluorescent lamps are usually not disturbed by other bright light or sunlight, which seems to rule out the fear of light.
It has been speculated that not only migraine, but also the trigger for seizures, are the problem of flashing fluorescent lights.
I always turn on the lights and seem to have a headache.
I have no fear of light. -
Most of KateSo\'s medications are unknown, but MDs feel the need to provide a clear-
An explanation of the patient\'s problem.
I often have to say \"we don\'t have any good evidence to answer your questions\" when I deal with the patient\'s questions, rather than guessing. While Dr.
Hershey may be right, and the evidence he used to support his assertion is weak.
Show me some good, controlled, double-blind studies comparing various types of fluorescent lamps (mechanical vs.
Electronic ballast, different color temperature, different lux values)
, In a large number of patients, in order to make sure that they really have migraine, except for those with eye diseases that are likely to cause fear of light.
Objective measurements, such as functional MRI scans, are used in addition to subjective measurements of migraine (
If they are reliable).
I would then prefer to hear that my migraine is not triggered by a fluorescent lamp.
A flash of light can trigger my migraine.
Sometimes I have to wear sunglasses if I feel a migraine attack, which can prevent or reduce migraine.
When I was lying on the floor or on a bench in the gym, I was sensitive to blue light.
This has always been a small problem for me. //www.
Fitness against the trend.
The blood pressure changes in people exposed to different types of lights in the coma study can be interesting to see if even those who say they are not troubled are negatively affected, as found in sound.
My migraine is only a few times and not once in recent years, but I know that some types of fluorescent lamps do make my eyes water, I am also sensitive to HID headlights and/or their \"blue\" imitators and I am glad they are not included in most vehicles, probably because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not make a final recommendation on the regulatory actions of these lights.
While most of the objectionable glare associated with these lights is indeed caused by improper installation or load transfer, one problem is that law enforcement officers do not see if they are legal from the appearance of the lights.
It is obvious that, if allowed, it can only be installed by qualified technicians, only on vehicles with automatic load balancing, and should not be allowed to be used on vehicles with lamp positions higher than standard passenger cars.
Is there any connection between environmental noise (
Like the hum of a computer or an old laser printer or speaker, they are turned on but not transmitted)and migraine? With run-of-
Mill headache?
As others have mentioned, the flashing of fluorescent lights is the culprit, not just the brightness of the lights.
Most fluorescent lights will flash for a while after they are turned on, and most will flash when the bulbs go off, although they may still glow for a few hours.
I had a severe migraine in junior high school because the fluorescent lamps in the classroom where I was in most classes were poorly maintained.
Better room maintenance is not a problem.
I am absolutely sensitive to the light, but for me the sun is something I have to pay attention to, especially on hot days when the sun is aggravated by dehydration.
However, any bright light will make the situation worse once I have a migraine (
Fluorescent, incandescent, headlights, etc)
So I will turn off the lights on the table while working.
I especially noticed the bright light on my head (
Sunshine, light bulb on my head)
What seeps from the top and sides of my sunglasses exacerbated my migraine.
I only open the skylight in my car at night and never open a convertible!
Since I was poisoned when I was teaching in middle school, I had a migraine.
My migraine is sometimes triggered by flashing lights.
I will also have seizures due to blue light, especially if I am sitting under one of the curled lights.
Sometimes, a child\'s migraine is caused by exposure to smoke from mold, construction and renovation, and other toxic substances present in the school.
For more information, my story Health School Network is a good source to learn about the impact of poor indoor air quality in schools on children\'s health and academic performance.
My book, toxic Justice, tells the story of my toxic injuries and the story of my fight for justice for the other 24 injured.
For more information, please see my toxicjustice website and read the first chapter.
I can\'t wait to comment when I read the doctor\'s statement: it\'s not light, it\'s flashing!
But I see a lot of people have punched me.
As has been pointed out, some of us are \"lucky\" to see fluorescent flashes that others cannot see \".
From grammar to college, my school year includes frequent fidgety in rows of tubular lights.
My discomfort rarely escalated to a headache and I never had a migraine, but my attention was definitely compromised.
Doctor\'s note: I have never had a similar experience in incandescent or natural light, not even in the glare of water or snow.
So, what about your patient?
I\'m sure many of them will tell you what we\'re telling you here.
Since I started working in my current workplace and got 4-
Lack of air conditioning and ventilation is the cause of migraine during the week.
This was rejected as there appeared to be no standard for ventilation.
So I had a migraine and gained 30 lbs.
I am not sure in the report whether we intend to infer whether Dr. Hershey or the reporter is linking the air conditioning to migraine.
Are there any other studies on this issue?
I know I\'m sensitive to light, we don\'t have enough light in our building, but it\'s rarely enough to get me a migraine (
Maybe on the beach or in the snow)
I have a migraine as long as I remember, yes, old Dragon
Although not the only trigger, the tube fluorescent lamp has always been a regular trigger.
As soon as I get into the big-
Case Store or warehouse (
Or walk the lobby of my mother\'s elderly community)
With these terrible lights, the special effects begin.
First, the hydraulic system in my head started to soar and beat so much that it completely blocked my hearing in a few minutes.
It sounds like surfing, putting pressure on my temples and ears.
Then, my peripheral vision contracted seriously, leaving only small holes in my eyesight.
In other words, my entire nervous system, including my eyeballs and the circulation of the brain and spinal cord, is holding tight and retreating in an attempt to avoid getting this terrible light in! (
Don\'t let me start with the terrible buzz they make . . . . . . . )
I now only go to places like this after taking NSAID and eat while drinking tea and wearing my sport --
Extensive disease band
Hat and sunglasses.
Also, even though I have taken all the protection strategies, 20 minutes is my maximum time limit in these places.
If I pass this limit, my mind starts to collapse and I get overwhelmed and emotional.
It\'s so bad that even without a migraine attack I can barely lift my eyelids or legs and get myself out of there!
My feeling is that exposure to this light for a long time puts me at risk of a stroke.
My practitioners have told me that for some reason this type of light is easier to handle for the brain, so those of us with weak visual interfaces (
Like immigrants.
In this case, it is difficult to continue to work hard.
Like with the baby under the overstimulation of the rock concert, my nervous system just wants to crash until the worst thing goes. (
Yes, when I realized how vulnerable and easily overstimulated I was, I completely gave up driving.
It was irritating to hang my key in my early 50 s, but if I was behind the steering wheel, no one was safe when the drop attack hit! )
As a high school teacher, I read that fluorescent can cause headaches in some of the studies I am doing.
I convinced the principal to put in the full spectrum bulb when it needed to be replaced.
In my classroom, the number of students who asked for a nurse due to a headache dropped from a few days to a day after the full spectrum bulb was in place.
No extra charge.
The price of the bulb is the same.
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