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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?
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
No: It makes it harder to see what is going on on your monitor. ...Read more
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
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
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
Been playing the video game from night til morning without eating & sitting in the same position with the cold a/c on. Now my heart is cold & beating fast throughout my back & my arm is stiff. Blood is not flowing properly?
Ans: You need to do things properly. Get up and exercise and eat your proper meals. Get off the video games. No good for your brain. ...Read more
My eyes feel weird. Like I feel like I can't see right. It started then I started having anxiety is this related? I was playing s video game and then next thing you know my eyes feel heavy and wierd. Wasn't straining my eyes cause the TV is huge
When I play the video game rockband, my right eye vision becomes blurry. Can this game cause blurry vision?
I play my video game 3hrs everyday, all of a sudden for almost week my right side of head keeps twitching right above my ear I'm getting worried?
See a neurologist: You should be seen by a neurologist. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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