Friday, January 28, 2011

Cool pre-migraine visual disturbance

I woke up early this morning to get my daughter ready for crazy hair day. Things started getting a little blurry as I pulled her hair into a barrage of pony tails. Soon, it progressed to full-blown visual disturbance. I took a preemptive dose of excedrine migraine to halt the progression, pushed my husband out of bed, and told him I wouldn't be driving anyone anywhere for a while.

This was a cool migraine; all visual disturbance, little pain — thanks to the early warning signs that looked something like this:

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Tunnel vision, blurred-out spots, and sparkly pixelated bits.

Her hair looked pretty awesome, too. :)

12 comments:

Hydrant girl said...

I love the last comment! Hope you're feeling better soon.

Firefighter/Paramedic said...

Not so cool. I had to get up.

melaniek said...

lol, you ^ sound like my husband. He's a bear when I wake him up. I want a crazy hair day!

SarahB said...

Very interesting Katie! Mine have the same sparkly look but are more like a growing amoeba shape. Mine go in phases too -- first flashy lightening turned amoebas, then blind spots, then the tunnel vision while all the other stuff starts.

Very good work getting Miss K ready for crazy hair day despite it!

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

My husband gets those wonky visual disturbances before a migraine and if he doesn't catch it in time and take something it puts him out for days. They are horrible. At least yours had little pain :)

Nick C said...

Hey -

Randomly found your site on a twitter search - I got my first visual migraine since the last one six years ago, and I always have to go online to top myself from freaking out (I always find it scary, no matter how many times it happens). Anyway, you might appreciate this - an artist who incorporates it into his work:

http://migraine.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/13/patterns/

Rachel said...

That sounds so painful!

Hope you are feeling good and well now!

Fire Wife Katie said...

Thanks, I am feeling better. I caught it really early, so it barely hurt - it only kept me out of service for 45 minutes. :)

Nick, thanks for sharing the link, very interesting. It is scary when it happens for the first time. The first one that affected my ability to form words really spooked me out. Thanks to SarahB, I knew that it was possible to have one affect speech patterns. It gave me hope that I wasn't stroking out!

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Wendy said...

Just found your blog! I have loved readng through it. There aren't too many blogs out there relating to the fire service. :o)

Kameron said...

That sounds awful. I think people use the "migrain" term loosely, but it sounds like you have the real deal. Ouch!

sim only plans said...

That sounds so painful!

Hope you are feel good and fine now!

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