Top 20 Doctor insights on: Playing video game

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Hi my 14 y.o son while playing video game on PS3 gets dizzy or vertigo after a while then he stops. What the cause of this? Anyway to stop this?

Hi my 14 y.o son while playing video game on PS3 gets dizzy or vertigo after a while then he stops. What the cause of this? Anyway to stop this?

Flashing light: The flashing lights and explosions that are depicted in video games may trigger photoconvulsive seizures or migraine episodes that can present with dizziness. Speak to your pediatrician about getting an EEG with photic stimulation. Also consider a referral to a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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Does it matter if im in a well lit room when im playing my video game because it hurts my eyes with or without light?

Does it matter if im in a well lit room when im playing my video game because it hurts my eyes with or without light?

"It hurts my eyes. ": That should be telling you something. I do not know what sort of monitor you are using with what sort of resolution, but you seem to be suffering from some sort of eye strain, maybe a convergence insufficiency. See a flesh and blood ophthalmologist and lay off of the video games for a while. It is your eyes that we are talking about, not your nails or beard or brand of shampoo! ...Read more

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My hands shake when I get done playing a video game and they're stiff and sometimes hurt. Why does this happen?

My hands shake when I get done playing a video game and they're stiff and sometimes hurt. Why does this happen?

Overuse?: Sounds like you may be playing too much, or you are gripping the controller too tightly. Both of these can contribute to your complaint. Try reducing your playing time by setting a timer and playing for 20-30 min. At a time. Have someone observe your hands while playing to see if your are gripping the controller too tightly. You can also try some ibuprofen.. ...Read more

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I have a 16 year old male friend who got a concussion a few weeks ago. Yesterday he had a seizure while playing a video game. What might this mean?

I have a 16 year old male friend who got a concussion a few weeks ago. Yesterday he had a seizure while playing a video game. What might this mean?

See a doctor: It's possible that the head injury is related to the seizure, especially if this was your friend's first seizure. This warrants an evauation right away. ...Read more

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When I play the video game rockband, my right eye vision becomes blurry. Can this game cause blurry vision?

When I play the video game rockband, my right eye vision becomes blurry. Can this game cause blurry vision?

No: Its not the game. Looking for long periods of time at a tv can cause eye dryness and fatigue. Both can cause blurry vision. Take frequent breaks and consider an artificial tear to moisturize the eye. ...Read more

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Been playing the video game from night til morning & sitting in the same position with the cold a/c on my arm is stiff. Blood is not flowing properly & since I can't sleep my head feels tired & lightheaded & tingling like a seizure.?

Been playing the video game from night til morning & sitting in the same position with the cold a/c on my arm is stiff. Blood is not flowing properly & since I can't sleep my head feels tired & lightheaded & tingling like a seizure.?

Deprivation: The cold are and limited movement caused your arm nerves to be irritated. Slow hot bath should help. U need sleep and fluids! Would u run all night without rest? Your brain is on overload! Eat a light snack, bath, lay in calm dark room and rest. Stop games every hour and take a break please! Plus sitting long time increases risk of blood clots in legs. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your heart rate and blood pressure to go up when playing a video game you get excited or scared by? Or is this bad for the body?

Is it normal for your heart rate and blood pressure to go up when playing a video game you get excited or scared by? Or is this bad for the body?

Anxiety: It is not unusual for a 'gamer' to react to the excitement of the game by increased heart rate and blood pressure. It would be unusual for these to be excessive and your doctor can judge this for you. If the responses are physiologic then they should not cause long term problems. If they are excessive heart rate and/or blood pressure problems could arise. ...Read more

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How does playing too much video game make our eye sight bad?

How does playing too much video game make our eye sight bad?

Actually no: Video games do not in any way have a known effect on the health and function of the eyes. They may in fact train eye hand coordination to a certain degree. Because the blink rate drops, sometimes avid games players might get a bit of dryness. But the eye sight will not be altered by frequent playing. ...Read more

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How would know if my child's video game playing is a serious problem?

How would know if my child's video game playing is a serious problem?

Easy: If y our child seems obsessed then that is a problem. If your child plays more than 2 hours a day or has behavior changes (very irritable and grump after playing). If your child loves the violent games. These are all red flags and I suggest that he play less. ...Read more

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My child won't stop playing world of warcraft. Can he actually become addicted to a video game?

My child won't stop playing world of warcraft. Can he actually become addicted to a video game?

Video game addiction: Yes children can become addicted to video games. This is a big problem and you should discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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Everytime I play video games. Drinking water helps but I keep getting a headache wierd feeling. I'm a gamer. What can this be? How can I stop this

Everytime I play video games. Drinking water helps but I keep getting a headache wierd feeling. I'm a gamer. What can this be? How can I stop this

Too much video?: How many hours per day are you playing video games? The headache could be due to eye strain, or tension from the intensity of the game. Are you able to cut back on how much you play? If not, is it because of an occupational requirement? If it isn't an occupational requirement could you be addicted? I suggest scheduling a consultation to explore further. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have eye strain from playing video games & from this eye strain I get headaches. How can I stop this eye strain I get everyday without stoppin gaming?

I have eye strain from playing video games & from this eye strain I get headaches. How can I stop this eye strain I get everyday without stoppin gaming?

No can do!: You know the eye strain is secondary to the video game playing. You may invest in a better monitor and a better video card which will make things easier on your eyes. You may have to get a faster CPU and higher RAM but with all of that you should probably get a newer computer. And go to an ophthalmologist! ...Read more

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15YO son is a gamer. Now when he plays he gets headaches & eye twitches on right eye. When headaches worsens he feels forced to squint. What can this be?

15YO son is a gamer. Now when he plays he gets headaches & eye twitches on right eye. When headaches worsens he feels forced to squint. What can this be?

That should be telli: MF him something! There have been numerous case reports of people with those eye findings and also sleep disturbances secondary to excessive exposure to computer gaming. He has to learn to connect his symptoms to his exposures. ...Read more

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Is playing video games all day unhealthy?

Is playing video games all day unhealthy?

Yes: One would hope for a more-than-cyber experience of life -- allowing real-time relationships with actual people, with all their challenges and rewards. Playing video games all day leaves no room for this, or for interests outside of video games. One's awareness would be extremely narrow. Also, unless you land a job as a tester of video games, it's hard to imagine earning a living that way. ...Read more

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