Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Itchy and Twitchy - Early Warning System at Full Alert

I'm having one of "those" days.

I get infrequent and unusual migraines. Infrequent because it may be many months between bouts.

Unusual because I almost never get the headache that most people assume is a migraine. Sometimes, yes, but what I usually experience is a combination of other neurological symptoms. The aura (that glowing streak of light that comes into the visual field of a migraine sufferer), distortion of my vision, nausea, sometimes a tingling sensation across my face or arms. Sensitivity to light, too, and I'll usually feel extremely tired and weak for a day.

Over the years this has been happening, Gryphon and I have noticed that the migraines will often be foreshadowed one to three days in advance. I experience a day when I'm extra twitchy, extra sensitive to noise, light, drafts - any extraneous and uncontrollable sensory input.

I'm having one of "those" days. I felt fine when I woke up, but within an hour, I was more sensitive to noise levels than I can remember ever being. Even the sound of toilet paper scrolling off the roll bothered me like fingernails on a chalkboard.

The best thing I can do is try to limit and control the input, and just be as comfortable as I can until it passes. I'm trying not to anticipate the migraine itself - given the intensity of today's sensitivity, I'm concerned that it's going to be a doozy.

Send good, calming thoughts my way today, okay? Thank you!


At Thu Aug 25, 12:40:59 AM, leesepea said...

Ooooh, that doesn't sound like fun!

Stay calm and feel better!

At Thu Aug 25, 10:12:50 AM, AmberLion said...

I've only experienced a migraine once a few years ago when I tried to wean myself off coffee...I don't ever want to go through that again. I swear even my hair hurt that day.

I hope this passes quickly for you.


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