On 07/10/2017 17:35, Mike Ruddock wrote:
> On 07/10/2017 12:25 PM, Chris J Dixon wrote:
>> Fenny wrote:
>>> It's really quite irritating to be told what "the" triggers for
>>> migraines are. Mine are not coffee, wine, cheese etc. Bright
>>> flashing lights can be a trigger, but not immediately. I don't have a
>>> specific trigger, but being tired can lead to them indirectly.
>> Luckily I don't really have actual migraines, though over the
>> years have noted that I do tend to get headaches if I have too
>> much cheese, or chocolate. Unpredictable reaction to alcohol was
>> one of the reasons I went TT many years ago.
>> One Friday evening on getting home felt a little under the
>> weather, didn't fancy my then regular mug of coffee, and instead
>> made a mug of marmite. I enjoyed it so much that I had another.
>> The following day I had what was for me a severe headache, and I
>> wasn't really up to much until 24 hours later. Only afterwards
>> when I discovered that Marmite is also a potential trigger was I
>> able to understand what had happened.
>> There is also a strange phenomenon known as "aura without pain",
>> which I experience maybe a few times a year, usually starting as
>> a shimmering disturbance in the centre of the visual field,
>> slowly spreading outwards as a wavy circle and vanishing after a
>> few minutes, with no after-effects. I have not identified any
>> triggers for this.
> I get those too. My migraines are very irregular and I often go for
> weeks, months even, with out problems. Then I will get one and it will
> be followed by another, occasionally the same day and I am then in for
> ten days or so of daily (or near-daily) migraines. The auras are
> interesting: they come as a blind spot in the centre of vision and this
> is followed by a very small area of zig-zag lines looking like a
> demented bar-code, which enlarges on one side of the centre of vision
> and spreads out until it disappears off the edge of vision. The next
> time I get an aura it will enlarge towards the other side of the centre
> of vision.
These are similar to mine, though I normally just get one, or two on
consecutive days which mirror each other. The zigzags are fascinating,
like a kaleidoscope - one of those prismatic ones that distorts what you
see, glittering. I am lucky in that I tend to feel a bit spaced-out but
rarely get much of a headache after them, though once or twice I have
been working (and once driving, which was scary) and have had to work
round them. Like Mike and Chris, there's no obvious trigger.
Hildegard of Bingen had this sort of aura (they think). Being Hildegard,
she saw in the zigzags the walls of the celestial Jerusalem, peopled
with angels, and then composed them in music. There's something to aim