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Migraine Headaches and Flashing Lights?

Q: I have had problems with these headaches for many years now but last night while driving home the car behind us flashed its bright lights three times and I had one of the worst I have experienced in a long time. I immediately knew what caused it because when the light hit my eyes it was as if someone had hit me on the head. Why is it that the light hurt me so badly while my husband was not affected? Thank you for your help.

-- C.J.

Dr. Donnica:
Flashing lights is one of the classic "triggers" of migraine headache. Clearly, you are susceptible to this and your husband isn't. That's not surprising, since migraine is much more common in women than in men. For a complete article on migraine and its triggers (as well as what you can do about it), click here.

Good luck! I hope this information is helpful.

Best regards,
Donnica Moore MD
President, DrDonnica.com

Created: 7/25/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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