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Light activated Headache

Light activated Headache

I have a patient who complains of a severe headache if he is exposed to a sudden burst of strong light like from a camera flash.

He is quite athletic and is a scuba diver and has also recently taken up Kite Surfing but is not bothered when he is exposed to sunlight constantly when his eyes have to be focused on the kite flying overhead.

He reacts however to being exposed to strong light from an environment with a low light level especially if he gets a flash of strong light directly into his eyes. He responds within about half hour with a violent headache, nausea, tunnel vision and sometimes seems to pass out in a faint for a few minutes when he falls deeply asleep.

I have prescribed Glonoine 200 in the wet dose and a teaspoonful has invariably relieved him of his ailment in about an hour when he wakes up with no after effects.

I am concerned that he seems to be getting these attacks more frequently today than in previous years when he would only get an attack once or twice anually and would like to know from members and fellow homeopaths which remedy can be used as a prophylactic to ensure that his sensitivity to light is lowered as it seems to me that this may help to cure his unusual complaint.
  Joe De Livera on 2006-11-02
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Dear Joe

I replied you privately regarding this patient.
kuldeep last decade
Hey Joe and Girilal, those headache symptoms are exactly lik mine and I do not respond to Glonoine 200. girilal, if you have a suggestion maybe if you could email me as well it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,
Jay 15 last decade
Aurum Metallicum is sensitive to everything and also an element of heart problems.

Another medicine I have used on headaches is Usnea Barbata. I loved this medicine and made it at home several times (whenever I was around rain forests)

Most Headaches were solved by Bryonia Alba

Glononium did not work on any of my patient.
kuldeep last decade
Also not to ignore Belladonna.
kuldeep last decade
Maybe...you can think of Natrum Carb.
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
thanks guys!
Jay 15 last decade

This throbbing headache, seeming to arise from the neck, is very characteristic, and the throbbing is not a mere sensation but is visible in the carotid arteries. The vessels are full to bursting, and if their walls were not healthy there is danger of apoplexy. No remedy equals this one for producing sudden and severe congestion of the head, and none can cure it quicker when indicated by the symptoms.

The remedies that stand nearest Glonoine in their effect on the head I believe to be Belladonna and Melilotus. Belladonna and Glonoine both have the fullness, pain and throbbing, but that of Glonoine is more intense and sudden in its onset, and, on the other hand, subsides more rapidly when relieved. Again, Glonoine is better adapted to the first or congestive stage of inflammatory diseases of the brain, while Belladonna goes further and may still be the appropriate remedy after the inflammatory stage is fully initiated. Belladonna is better by bending the head backward; Glonoine worse. Belladonna is made worse by having the head uncovered, and suffers from having the hair cut; Glonoine must have the head uncovered, can't bear to wear his hat, or wants the hair cut. Belladonna is worse lying down, even if he keeps still; Glonoine, though sometimes worse after lying down, is also sometimes better when lying still. One symptom very characteristic of Glonoine is, that the patient carries the head very carefully, for the least jar or shaking of it greatly aggravates the pain. Another peculiar symptom is, it seems to the patient that there is not only throbbing, but there is an undulating sensation as if the brain were moving in waves synchronous with the pulse. There is more disturbance of the heart action with Glonoine than with Belladonna, though both have it strongly. Glonoine has a sensation of rush of blood to the heart or chest.

Melilotus also has great congestion to the head, with pain and sense of fullness. Not being so thoroughly proven as Belladonna and Glonoine, we cannot so clearly indicate the exact place for it, but there is one very prominent symptom which always makes one think of it, viz.: 'Glowing redness of the face.' No remedy that I know of has it more strongly. Glonoine and Belladonna may both have very red face; on the other hand, a pale face, with the other congestive symptoms, does not contraindicate them, but does Melilotus. Then, again, with Melilotus the head symptoms are often relieved by a profuse epistaxis, which is also another very prominent symptom of this remedy. I cured a very bad case of typhus cerebralis, and also a case of insanity of long standing, with this remedy, being guided to it by these symptoms.


For any condition, there are a couple or more of remedies,which may vie with each other.

They look similar, but, one won't work, when the other is required.

Though the complaint seems to be same, the modalities (which makes the problem better or worse) are different and are the key for selection of a proper medicine.

gavinimurthy last decade
Jay 15 ...is that your problem ?
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
I mean your case !
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
I am glad that someone mentioned Bryonia 30 which I have also used but which did not help the patient on a previous occasion.

The main problem I am trying to solve is to identify a remedy that will act as a prophylactic to prevent or at least lower the sensitivity threshold of the patient who has suffered from 3 attacks this year which is twice what he would normally suffer from in previous years.

It is interesting to record that his mother too has had these same headaches when whe was at that age and I believe that he has inherited the genes from her in the standard manner -- mother to son. She is even today very sensitive to reflected light even from the kitchen sink which she states is occasionally bathed in the morning sunlight with reflected light from the shiny edges. She does not however get the headache now but she use to do so many years ago.

I wonder if Bry taken for a few nights can help the patient to build up some resistance. The headache responds to Glonine 200 but the question is which remedy will provide the insurance cover ?
Joe De Livera last decade

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