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What is photophobia and phonophobia in people with migraines?

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When you have a migraine, you might feel like heading to a dark, quiet spot for relief. Sensitivity to light and noise is behind it. Your doctor may call your urge to avoid light "photophobia" and your sensitivity to sound "phonophobia."

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

The Mayo Clinic: "Migraine Symptoms and Causes."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Migraine Fact Sheet."

Neuhauser, H. , Feb. 27, 2001. Neurology

National Headache Foundation: "Migraine."

Quintela, E. , September 2006. Cephalalgia

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

The Mayo Clinic: "Migraine Symptoms and Causes."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Migraine Fact Sheet."

Neuhauser, H. , Feb. 27, 2001. Neurology

National Headache Foundation: "Migraine."

Quintela, E. , September 2006. Cephalalgia

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

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