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Old 05-12-2010, 06:00 PM
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EEG strobe lights


I know this has probably already been posted a million times so I apologize...

Had an EEG this morning.

Once the strobe got up to the rapid speeds my whole brain started swishing from side to side to the point I felt nauseous and I gripped the sides of the bed.

Tech asked if I was ok and I said I felt like I was in a boat being rocked violently side to side and was sure I was going to fall off the bed. It persisted for minutes after the strobe was done too. Then he went into the hyperventilation thing and I am reminding myself now that I will never do another EEG!!!!

Anyway, does that sound fairly normal? I did a search and found some old posts here about feeling dizzy and tired after an EEG. But feeling like you're about to be rocked off the bed? It was very unsettling! I don't know a soul who has done an EEG before so I have no one else to ask!!!
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:29 PM
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It's been quite a few years since my last EEG but I remember that. It didn't effect me as bad as you described it but I definitely didn't like it.
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I have never been asked that but strobe lights don't affect me at all!!!!
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The EEG strobes are done for a reason to see if they can provoke abnormal brain waves, so it sounds like they definitely provoked you in some way. You might have had a seizure response, or perhaps a migraine, since those can also be provoked by strobes or patterns.
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They don't effect me either and I am very sorry you had a bad reaction to them! Did they make you go through the strobe eyes open or shut my test was eyes shut?

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Originally Posted by JRuner View Post:
They don't effect me either and I am very sorry you had a bad reaction to them! Did they make you go through the strobe eyes open or shut my test was eyes shut?

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They affect me. And I did the test with eyes open and shut. I didn't think they affected me during the test, but I got the tingles all over. And then the results said that I had abnormal activity for about a minute.
Other types of strobe with coloured lights bug me more than just white light.
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Thank you for all the responses! You guys are a great group!

So, it was with eyes shut. It was awful! 1000 times worse than "the spins" you can get from drink or smoking pot (ahem.. so I'm, uh, told)

I have often had a milder version of this back and forth feeling of motion especially when I am in the dark trying to go to sleep (sans drink or anything and no, I dont smoke pot! Uh. Anymore.) Figured it was just my ears.

NEVER DOING ANOTHER EEG!! Bleh!!! Bleh bleh!
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