Monday, December 1, 2008

Target=Migraine



I managed a full day of shopping on Saturday with a medium pain level migraine, but I figured it was easier to just get it all done in one shot. One thing I noticed was that Target was the least migraine friendly store. Maybe it's all the red and bulleyes and bright lights, but my head definately was pounding by the time I left. It reminded me a lot of the experience I had at the art museum with the modern art.

I didn't have the same reaction at Borders, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Petco, Dick's Sporting Goods or the mall. Has anyone else noticed this Target=Migraine effect??

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays Migraine Chick,
I totally concur; I went to Target to buy clothes for my grandfather, frames for some special posters and was doing fine until after. Bam, migraine. I chalked it up to shopping at Target. I told my husband that the shopping did me in. Grocery shopping is more often than not a migraine trigger (this is new within the last year) and now Target too. It seems as I get older I develop more triggers or I am just getting more succeptible to migraines. Carolyn

Emily said...

target isn't as bad as walmart for me - i think it's the flourescent lights and loud announcements going all the time.

baldsue said...

It's the lights that cause me pain. They're targeted right at the customers.

beckiwithani said...

I get this with shopping malls, but not Target per se. I think it's the extremely dry air and crowds at the mall...

We have a restaurant here in Boston that always gives me a migraine. No MSG or anything. Couldn't figure out why, and finally realized it's those fake flickery candles they use. In Cambridge (the actual city where the restaurant is), many places have them because it's illegal for restaurants to have real candles. And the frequency of the flickering with the particular "candles" used at this place just does it to me, or at least that's my theory.

It's a really good restaurant, too. :( I like Target and imagine you probably have the same kind of disappointment at discovering it's a trigger.

desikitteh said...

not sure if US target and aus target are much the same, but the aus ones have always been somewhat stressful for me. there's too much there. they're one-stop sensory overload. all dept stores like that do it to me. where more focused stores are less stressful.

MaxJerz said...

Most retail stores are triggers for me, because the particular fluorescent lighting they use does me in. I haven't shopped in a Target or any big box store since the very beginning of the year. Unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), it wasn't so much that the lighting triggers head pain, but it does trigger a very urgent need for the bathroom within about 15 minutes.

DBF does all of our shopping now for this reason. *sigh*

Be well,
MJ
rhymeswithmigraine.blogspot.com

Jasmine said...

I'm usually fine in Target. It's BB&B that messes my head up. The second those automatic doors open up perfumed-items smack me in the face.

rachel said...

for me it's perfumed stores in malls like bath and body works, abercrombie, etc. they just DESTROY me.

Anonymous said...

i have gotten a migraine more than once in target...it's major sensory overload for me in there! but i love target and have had more good experiences in there but i stay away if i have a migraine!

themigrainegirl said...

I do love Target, and it's easy for me to accidentally (ahem) end up in the women's clothing section or the tights section or the games section when all I've gone for is a few odds and ends. I don't let myself get distracted for long, however--I know that making the trip more than 20-30 minutes will be a guaranteed migraine.

My mom has been noticing the lights more and more at Target lately--they bother her more than lights at other stores do, I think. Wonder why. Do they have covers over the fluorescent tubes? There's also a lot of white decor--the lights just bounce off of the white floor and right back into your eyes, so hats aren't so helpful there.

Walmart is the WORST for me.

BB&B can get pretty gross too--that's another spot where I have to limit my time.

-Julie said...

I totally agree, and I LOVE Target. I also think it's the lights and sensory overload there. My husband's suggested shopping with sunglasses on, but I just can't do it, lol.

Karen said...

I actually put in a search specifically about Target and migraines - I'm so relieved to hear I'm not the only one! My migraines have typically been limited to 1-2 per year, but quite a bit more in the past year. 2 of the last 3 have come after being at Target, and fairly quickly. I was thinking it might be something about the lighting there particularly, and it sounds like there is. I do love Target, but I can deal with going there less often. I haven't experienced this anywhere else, actually, so I was wondering if they had switched to some particular kind of lighting. Thanks for posting, all of you!

Anonymous said...

3 out of 4 of my last rare migraines were during or right after a target trip. I have been and not gotten migraines before, but if I am set up hormonally to be able to get one, then I believe target is a trigger.