The Right Light Can Lessen Migraine Pain

Digital body with headache


The first time I experienced a migraine headache I was visiting my brother in Kansas. It was July; the heat was oppressive and the sun seemed overly bright. I remember having a slight headache, and my vision was wavy. That's the only way I can describe it. I kept popping Excedrin, but got no relief. This went on for two days until finally, while driving in downtown Wichita, I completely lost vision in the middle of my field of sight. Not good while driving. The vision loss lasted just a few minutes, but it was my first indication that I was, indeed, suffering from a migraine. I've had them since, and usually they are mild in comparison to most people's. My doctor calls them atypical. I get the aura, but not always the pain, and never that crushing pain that some people describe (knock wood).

Still, I have some understanding of what people go through. One of the main symptoms is a thing called photophobia, or light sensitivity. So, here's some good news out of Boston. Researchers there released results of a study that shows certain kinds of light can actually make your migraine headache better. The scientists exposed their patients to different colors of light. Blue made the headache pain worse, but low intensity green light made the pain better, for some by as much as 20 percent. This leads to hope for inexpensive treatments in the future that don't knock sufferers out of commission.

Read more about it in the May 17th journal Brain.