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    Ceiling fans and headaches
    atomheartmother posted:
    Can ceiling fans cause migraines? Sounds crazy, but I had a new ceiling fan installed yesterday in my bedroom, and I woke up with a migraine. I've been fighting it all day. I haven't had a migraine in 10 yrs, so I don't know if it's a coincidence or if it's related to the ceiling fan.
    Lainey_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Atomheartmother and welcome to the community! Please feel free to share in our discussions.

    Sorry about your migraine and hope you find relief soon. I think your question is interesting and look forward to what other members have to say.

    Take care,

    Pain is temporary. It may last a minute or an hour or a day or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. Lance Armstrong
    yukonok responded:
    It's not the ceiling fan. I have chronic (almost daily) migraines and they come on during the middle of the night (year round) with/without the ceiling fan. They can strike day or night. If an over the counter migraine medication won't work, you need to see a Dr to get a "rescue" medication. I use Zomig and if taken at the beginning of the headache (like the one that woke you), it will get rid of it quickly.
    carpetcrawler5 responded:
    Did you have it on all night? Sometimes when something is not turned off while I'm asleep I don't sleep deeply enough and I wake up with a headache, such as the lights still being on or the TV turned up.
    An_246464 responded:
    Hi atomheartmother,

    Ceiling fans absolutely are a trigger for some peoplle, including me and apparently you. They can also cause enough dehydration to trigger a migraine. I hate them and cannot set foot anywhere with one on. I get it that they're cheaper to run than an AC unit, but cannot understand why anyone would want the hot, nasty air forced down upon them from the ceiling. The bad hot air on your head and the light beating through the blades - well, ceiling fans are on my "avoid at any cost" list.

    I see that you posted this a year ago but I just found it, and found that you didn't receive any helpful replies. I hope you found elsewhere online the reasons to get the ceiling fan OUT of your house.

    Best wishes, Lucy
    terbear53 responded:
    I would say yes because of my experiences. I do not have air conditioning so I have to use fans, both ceiling and standup fans. For the past couple of years, I have noticed that when I already have a migraine going on, it makes it much worse! Now I have noticed that fans can trigger the headaches. Your post is the first time I've heard someone else experience this besides me.
    magic712 replied to terbear53's response:
    I have been living with this fan/airconditioning problem for years now. I had a speciallist explain to me that about 7% of men have this problem and the air movement across my eyes causes an inbalance in my eyes, which triggers my migrain. My brother has the same issue. My case is so sensitive that I can walk into a department store and within 20 minutes have a full blown Migrain with fever and all. We run minimal air conditioner an fans at our home and when we really need it on hot days, I wear sealed goggles and at night time I wear an eye cover or cover my head with, as my wife calls it, my blankee, a satin pillow case.
    thissignupisabsurd replied to magic712's response:
    magic 712 - that is fascinating, what you write about your eye condition. Can you tell us any more, such as what it is called, or what percentage of women have it? Or what type of specialist explained this to you? Any further info would be helpful.

    Your mention of sealed goggles reminded me that on a cross-country flight I took, I covered my eyes with an eye shield the entire time and arrived with my eyes and brain feeling much, much better than usual. I was protecting myself against the flickering of the movie screen right above me, but it may also helped keep the air conditioned air off my eyes.
    thissignupisabsurd replied to thissignupisabsurd's response:
    Sorry about my user name, everybody. The site was very irritating when I tried to sign up... Best, Lucy
    magic712 replied to thissignupisabsurd's response:
    He was a pain managment specialist in Oklahoma City, 20 25 years ago. He said it was mainly just men that have this issue. There is very little that could be done but to try and avoid the circcumstance, like fans and airconditioning, which is extremly difficult to do now adays. I know that neither my brother or I can wear plastic lens for our corrective eyeglasses, they have to be glass lenes.
    I tell you guys that suffer from this to get something soft like satine satin pillow case fold it about three times lengthwise and wrap it loosly aroun your eyes at night or when you want to sleep with a fan on and this will make a world of difference for sleeping, do notcover your nose so you can breathe easier.
    2Topaz responded:
    I'm female and ceiling fans give me migraines every time. Even a few minutes of being in a room with one makes the next 24 hours really miserable for me. I don't know why but it has happened so many times, I am 100% sure of the cause-effect.
    rosie411 responded:
    For the past couple of days I've been running a floor fan, ceiling fan and an AC at once, yes I believe one if not all 3 are a factor of me waking up with a bad migraine,so I got up went to the next room with no type of fan or AC and in about 20 min. It went away, then I returned back to the room with the fans, the migraine has returned. So it's be hot , or deal with migraine.
    grandmaga replied to rosie411's response:
    The sound is part of the problem for me since I have migraines triggered by noise. The triple whammy of flickering lights, blowing breeze, and motor noise can do me in. If they don't cause a migraine, they always plug up my head. I've turned turned into my Grandma who always got gently teased for not being able to sit under a fan or air vent.
    terry213 responded:
    HI, I know this sounds crazy but I had a ceiling fan installed in the room I sleep in 3 days ago. I have been waking up with migraine headaches since the first night of the installation of the ceiling fan. While the fan was still on I took Ibuprophens 600mg and drinked hot tea and the migraines had refused to go away. Than finally I turned off the ceiling fan and slowly the migraines had gone away. Since having it off for a couple of days, my migraines did not return.
    CuriousityCat responded:
    I realise this was asked years ago but I just did a Google search because I notice every summer since I moved to a hot climate that I'm getting headaches when the ceiling fan has been on all night. It's not cold so I gather it's giving me eye strain or creating stimuli that stops me sleeping deeply and then I get a tension headache. It goes away gradually once I turn off the fan. I have the same issue with aircon at night, and even during the day if it's been on for a while.

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