I had thought that I had been handling most of my new obstacles. I was wrong. How can the one thing that makes those of us with SAD and Fibro feel better (the Sun) make us have such severe pain.
Action: My eyes have been bothering me much more lately. The glare from the snow, the fluorescent lights (work & pool), computers (work & home) and when driving at night (street and car lights), the flickering light of the television, all seem to be having a greater effect on me. I find myself squinting or closing my eyes. The light is always bright inside and unbearable outside.
Research states: It has been called “generalized hyper-vigilance.” This is a trait usually found common in people who are in highly dangerous-stressful jobs – they are constantly on high alert.
Some work environments are difficult to endure.
Vision is often blurry due to the light distortion.
This light sensitivity can lead to severe headaches/migraines.
Light and noise sensitivity can have a huge impact on your life. You may avoid certain situations and even fear them, which increases anxiety/depression.
I said above that I thought I had been handling the Fibro obstacles. I wear my sunglasses at work more and more – and when swimming at the gym. The guys at work and the women I swim with are used to it. They know that if the shades are on – I am either dealing with a headache/migraine/flare – of which the light sensitivity is out of control. It doesn’t bother me. I attended a parent volleyball meeting the other night. It was in a high school classroom – 7 p.m. It happened about half way through the meeting. I had to reach into my purse and take out my sunglasses. It can’t believe how much that bothered me. The classroom was filled with parents – of which – I knew about 15 or so. I was almost in tears. I am not someone that hides the fact that I have Fibro and it’s evil sidekicks but I want the choice to share or not share my condition. This and the fact that I have been dealing with a migraine for two days led me to research what I can do about the light sensitivity.
  • Wear jet black sunglasses outside, or brown, when needed or all of the time. Keep them loose fitted to prevent headaches from pressure.
  • The darker the room the better – dark blinds, Natural lighting (no-fluorescent)
  • Rose tinted anti-glare glasses
  • Computer anti-glare screens

I have been getting called all kinds of names wearing the shades – Hollywood, Incognito, a Masked superhero.
Maybe I should just go with it… I am going to make the best of this ordeal. I could so with the Hollywood look – I am looking for a fun pair of rose tinted glasses.
or maybe I should go with the Superhero/Incognito role – hmmm.. I need a name – Dragonfly? or the masked FW? a.k.a. Fibro Warrior.

Does that mean I get a theme song? Maybe I could use bits and pieces of songs that are already out there.

Cheap Sunglasses, ZZ Top
When you wake up in the morning and the light hurts your head
The first thing you do when you get up out of bed
Is hit that streets a-runnin’ and try to beat the masses
And go get yourself some cheap sunglasses
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah
Dark Sunglasses, F. Doernberg
I wear dark sunglasses at night
I show a smile and a lotta pride
While in my heart the demons fight
I wear dark sunglasses at night
Shades, Dean Martin
These shades can hide
The teardrops cryin’.
But not the way,
I feel inside.
The Future’s So Bright, Timbuk 3
The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades
I gotta wear shades
I gotta wear shades
I gotta wear shades
Well, Maybe not the last one.

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