Observing Migraine Headaches in the Classroom
Faculty might observe the following in students with migraine headaches:
- Might appear to be in pain or cover their eyes
- May leave the classroom unexpectedly
- Might be absent more frequently than other students
- May have difficulty with very bright or flickering lights.
- NIH Information on Migraine Headache
- Mayo Clinic Information on Migraine Headaches
Related Functional Characteristics
Allergies : Migraines are often triggered by pollen, environmental or food allergies.
Dietary Needs : Migraines can be triggered by food allergies or preservatives such as MSG or sulphites.
Flicker or Pattern Sensitivity : Exposure to repetitive patterns, flickering video, and stroboscopic lights may trigger or exacerbate a migraine headache.
Glare Sensitivity : Squinting or otherwise compensating for glare sensitivity can cause migraine headaches.
Pain Management : Students with migraine headaches often experience debilitating pain.
Sensory Distractibility : If a migraine occurs, students may experience hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli (e.g. bright lights, ticking clocks) and be unable to concentrate.
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