I've just found this forum and I’d be really grateful if anyone knows the answer to this one.
I have about one migraine every 3-4 years, more as a teen and they seem to be getting further apart as an adult, so probably something hormonal. Both my mother and father used to get them but have grown out of them (dad sooner than mum) so probably genetic too.
When I do get them, they are full-on, mind shattering auric migraines. My warning sign is, anywhere up to three hours beforehand, I’ll lose the use of my left arm and side of my face - like going to the dentist and getting an anaesthetic injection, I just go numb. Then that goes away and a few hours later the pain hits. I also get prominent visual distortions, slur my words, lose my balance and so forth. The pain, when it comes, is earth shattering and on more than one occasion the doctor called out has checked for meningitis.
Now, I haven't had a migraine in about four years, so I’m due one. I've been under quite a bit of stress recently, haven't been eating properly, haven't been sleeping properly, probably been consuming too much alcohol and other such things - not taking the best care of myself. To top it off, yesterday I dropped a suitcase on my foot and had to go to A&E feeling like a right plonker - been fidgety with discomfort since, adding to the lack of sleep.
So, getting to the point, I had only a couple of hours kip last night. I got up, went downstairs, made breakfast and as I was coming up the stairs I realised there'd been a reality shift. I felt disembodied, my hand looked a funny colour and made me jump (because I didn't realise it was my hand!), I was disoriented and lost my sense of balance. 'Oh dear' thought I. Lay down to get a few hours kip and the whole of my left side arm/face went dead. 'Oh bollox' thought I.
I fell asleep for a few hours, woken by someone at the door and somewhat confused. The pins and needles have passed, my vision is still a bit squiffy with occasional wafts of motion sickness, I feel floaty and I have an incredibly mild (barely even noticeable) on-and-off headache which feels like a 'not had enough sleep' complaint.
But the auric symptoms earlier were full-on. Slurred speech, prolific visual distortions bordering on hallucinogenic, loss of balance (I fell over twice and walked into a doorframe *sigh*), and the total deadening of one half of my body. Never in my entire life have such symptoms added up to anything less than wanting to die to escape the pain.
I read somewhere a few years ago that there is a class of migraine whereby people experience certain symptoms but don't actually get the pain. Is this true? Would this come under that category perhaps? The only thing different was that I made sure I ate a good breakfast this morning and I’ve eaten well all day - maybe that and the sleep stopped the onset? Although in the past, not eating hasn't been a trigger.
I've had one similar incident about two years ago where I thought I was coming down with the symptoms and then they passed, but nowhere near as vivid as this experience. I was all ready to shutter myself up with a box of horse tranquilisers. The only other slightly odd thing was that, when I woke up this morning, I noticed that my left eyelid was significantly swollen. It's calmed down since.
Any ideas or information really appreciated.