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So i was reminded of why I don't drive at night, yesterday evening. Everyone now a days has these SUV truck things where the headlights sit up so high...or they have the new cars with the super bright lights.

Everytime I would get one of these things behind me the light from their headlights in my side mirror gave me an ice cream type headache. Yuck!

So I would slow down to get them to go around. Most did, but one dude did not...He just slowed down too.

Even when My husband drives the headlights still bug me.

1) I cant see anything when they come in batches toward me and

2) I get a monster headache from them.

anyone else?

p.s. Good discussion of photo stimulation on EEG's in this thread as well.

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oh yeah, i hate those lights. i feel like i'm going to have a seizure when a few drive by. i get a headache too, but only after a long while. i usually change the mirror position so it's not so bright and don't look directly into the lights of oncoming traffic. then take tylenol when i get home if needed. don't have the choice about driving at night (or early AM) all the time.....

love and light (but not big bright SUV light)

Lulu

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I don't try to drive at night or druing the day if I don't have too. But at night it is much worse, for me everything just blures together as one big light blur.

I sure no one wants me on the road! :(

Amy

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When I was still allowed to drive, I avoided driving at night at all costs. The lights bother my eyes something fierce, I feel as if i'm blind or something. Although, it isn't fun not being allowed to drive, I can completely understand why the doctors don't want me out on the road. Def a hazard to others and myself.

Nicole

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If you have an upsurge of sympathetic activity, your pupils dilate and your eyes are not protected from excess light. If you are low in Vit. A, you are also more sensitive to lights at night-time. Just thoughts...

One of the worst tests I have had so far was an EEG. I had been telling doctors for so long that I feel like I am almost fainting and been told I was nuts (in technical terms). But I have a friend who does EEGs. So he did the usual test which wasn't easy because I cannot sit still easily now, but then he added the photic stimulation which is like an intense stobe light inches from your face. I felt my heart accelerate immediatley and my ears started screaming. After that, I could not think for about an hour. I will never, ever do that one again.

Must be a POTsy symptom for some of us.

OLL

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i think maybe it is. i had that same experience when i did a EEG, and i felt faint and horrible and near-syncopal. then they said my test was normal (surprise) and it was impossible that i was fainting more than 4-5 times a day, which i WAS and still DO. :D what do they know about my body anyway? or how my days really go?

i'll never do an EEG again. it didn't prove anything, and it was excrucitating. anyone else have this, too?

love and light,

Lulu B)

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I guess I was lucky, miserable as I was during the test. My EEG was the first test I had which showed something wrong -- "nonspecific abnormality, suggestive of possible cerebrovascular origin" or something like that. I took that test to my GP who has then supported me in trying to find the right specialists and tests. Until that point, he wanted to help but couldn't find anything to fix. He then believed my own postural BP records as meaningful because as I said yesterday, my records and what doctors get are worlds apart (white coat syndrome big-time!)

But just to stay on topic, even though my EEG was abnormal, the photic stim with its terrible effect on me didn't cause anything different in the EEG. I know there are neurologic pathways from the eyes to the hormonal centers in the brain and I guess the effect of the light was more in the somatic/autonomic nervous system (heart, blood vessels) than in the brainwaves.

OLL

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My abnormal EEG (this was back in 1983) said "EEG showed focal abnormalities in the left temporal and right occipital areas and was said to have had possible seizure disorder."

The second 'Normal" EEG (two months later) said "The abnormalities seen on the previous recording was no longer present. She also had visual-evoked responses which were mildly abnormal due to the asymmetry of responses. The absolute ltencies are prolonged on the right side compared to the left, Suggests possible mild decreace in visual acuity on right or mild optic nerve dysfunction on right. " and "Brainstem evoked response test. "auditory evoked potential problem Normal bilateral absolute latencies of all peaks normal and all interpeak latencies normal in the right. Mild delay of interpeak latency between waves 1 and 3 on left. Suggests possible low brainstem lesion w/ intrinsic brain stem dysfunction."

This topic is interesting!

The docs said all was normal though...

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