Is it possible that wifi – cell phones – computers – basically, modern technology – could be at the root of your headache?
That’s the claim of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). Common symptoms of EHS include redness or tingling of the skin, fatigue, dizziness, headache, nausea, aches and pains, and heart palpitations.
Of course, these symptoms could be the result of a thousand things. The trick is to rule out other conditions, and see some kind of evidence that the technology is the problem.
When it comes to EHS, the main concern is EMF exposure – electromagnetic fields. EMF can come from anything as simple as a lamp, power lines – anything with voltage, and wireless signals (think cell towers, cell phones, iPods, etc).
Here’s the problem. Studies have so far failed to convince most researchers that EHS is a significant problem. First, even when it is accepted as a “real” condition, it’s extremely rare. Second, tests in controlled conditions have found that most often those who thought they had EHS were probably more affected by other conditions than by things like wifi signals.
For example, the issue was significant enough for the World Health Organization to take notice, but their findings were not encouraging for those convinced they suffer from EHS.
But any migraineur who has done a bit of research will take notice of the word “hypersensitivity”. We know that migraineurs have measurable wiring in their bodies that make their brains more sensitive. Things that don’t bother the “average Joe” (who is that? I’ve never met him…) can be serious concerns for someone with migraine disease.
It does seem to be the case that at least some of those who once thought they had EHS actually were suffering from undiagnosed conditions. But there’s another issue – many of these electromagnetic fields are not alone. They include other things that certainly may trigger migraine attacks – bright lights, flicker, noise – and so on.
So it is very possible that this modern technology is bothering you – but it’s a complex study to find out how or why.
In most countries, there are guidelines about how much EMF exposure you’ll get in a home. However, some people watch out for things that can raise EMF – living close to high voltage power lines, wiring on the street, older appliances, and your proximity to appliances/computers/any electronics etc.
It’s not a bad thing to experiment with turning off and getting away from EMF. However, this should be done with continued investigation into other causes and triggers.