Q. I am experiencing headaches due to light sensitivity. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 12, 2017 and last reviewed on: Mar 17, 2021

Hi doctor,

I am a 20 year old female. For the past three months, I have been experiencing daily headaches, intermittent dizziness and vertigo, tinnitus and light sensitivity. I have received a diagnosis of a vestibular migraine and my neurologist reports down beating nystagmus while using Frenzel goggles and performing the Dix-Hallpike maneuver. My MRI is clear aside from sinusitis and all vestibular testing came back normal. I have just picked up on a very significant symptom that my neurologist is not aware of. In certain lights like fluorescent lights, if I close my eyes about 10-15 seconds, then my eyes begin jerking uncontrollably and my eyelids flutter or open and close uncontrollably. My eyes also move upwards and into my head during this. This lasts for about 10 seconds at a time, whereby it will calm down and start again at some point if my eyes remain closed. This does not happen when I am in a dark room (such as when going to sleep). I had never experienced this before the above symptoms started. I am wondering if this is a form of nystagmus or some seizure.



Welcome to

We are here to help you.

  • Your symptoms are suggestive of a migraine only. The new symptom that you have noticed also is in favor of a migraine headache. In such case, I would recommend you not to worry as all your investigations are within normal limits.
  • Migraine headaches are precipitated by light, sounds, sleep deprivation, illness and medicines. Once we are sure that the person has a migraine, we start our patient on migraine prophylaxis.
  • If you are on migraine prophylaxis, slowly your severity and frequency of attacks would reduce and time will come, when you will have almost no attacks. Drugs are decided based on the frequency and the severity of the headache. Sleep disturbances are also kept in consideration.
  • For migraine prophylaxis, the most commonly used drugs like Flunarizine, Propranolol and Amitriptyline. In the case of acute pain, triptans like Sumatriptan and Rizatriptan are used. In the case of acute pain not responding to triptans, we use painkiller NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Diclofenac.
  • You also need to modify your lifestyle. You should sleep at least 8 hours at night, that too daily in a fixed time slot. Avoid sleeping in the day time. If you sleep in the day, you will have difficulty in falling asleep on time in the night and the whole cycle of peaceful sleep would get disturbed.
  • Avoid alcohol, beer, caffeine, lemon and cheese in the diet. You need to follow these lifestyle modifications for the purpose of getting rid of medications after a few months course. People who modify their lifestyles usually get rid of medications after six months course.

For further information consult a neurologist online -->

Was this answer helpful?


Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Related Questions:
My migraine has been getting worse of late. What should I do?

Do you feel like the throbbing or pulsating sensation in your ear becomes worse with the headaches or it is present even with no migraine ... I would also like you to explain your headache in a bit of detail ...   Read full

Lifestyle Modifications for Women's Health

This will improve your confidence, lead to an exchange of ideas, and allow you to know more about lifestyle issues of the people around you ...   Read full

Lifestyle Modifications in Hypertensive Patients

Diet: What you eat has a significant effect on your blood pressure levels ... Eat diet rich in fruits and vegetables with high fibre contents like green leafy veg...   Read full


Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

Balantidiasis - Causes, Signs and Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Balantidiasis is a rare bacterial infection caused by a parasite called Balantidium coli. Read the article below to know...  Read more»
JAK Inhibitors in Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Doctors mainly suggest JAK or Janus kinase inhibitors for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to ease their symptoms. Rea...  Read more»
Importance of Sex Hormones - Types, Functions, Normal Ranges, and Roles
Sex hormones are steroids produced in the body that control sexual development, pregnancy, and overall health. Read belo...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Neurologist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.