Migraines, I first noticed in my university days. It normally started, with what felt like a little thump in my brain, followed by a minute blind spot that grew into a rainbow like kaleidoscope of blurriness, which would eventually cover 90% of my vision.
This aura, would take about thirty minutes to reach full bloom, before it would fade away in about another half an hour.
I recall one particular day when I was at a local beach with some university friends, after finishing the final exams of the year.
It suddenly hit. It was hot and I thought I must be getting a stroke. The heat and the light were overwhelming and drove me into repeatedly vomiting.
What a nice after exam party, and not having even taken one sip of wine or enjoying any views of lovely bodies. Just straight to the hangover. Lovely!
When I think back now, I realise that I normally got migraines after the stress periods were over. Never during.
My body probably produces enough sustenance, hormones, energy etc. to carry me through the tough periods, but does not know how to recover afterwards.
When the stress is gone, to get rid of these sustaining elements perhaps leads to a breakdown. As if the sewerage passages are suddenly clogged, overflows and sends some sort of overload to my brain, which just shuts down everything before it can reboot again.
I need to learn how to calm down slowly after a stress period.
After the aura, the numbing would start; it would tingle, many a times first on the one side of my lips then rush down like warm molten electricity tearing down my shoulder, arm and follow down my leg.
Always only one side until it at times cover my whole one side. Like an expanding lava flow of hot pressure, rising, tearing and burning. This would last about forty minutes.
Nausea would start setting in during this period plus the dulling, thumping pain in the one side and over my eyes.
Coupled to this adventure, my logic, speech and coordination is usually affected and my talking would be slurred and thoughts seem to flow in a more fuzzy undirected way.
During university days I had no medication for this. Which meant, eventually I would vomit and have splitting pain for the next 24 hours.
However this migraine was bit faster. The creepy aura, sparkling kaleidoscope of broken colours
spread faster than before, blocking my vision in a few minutes instead of the usual thirty minutes.
Making me dread the traveling numbness that would erupt and tear down my side and this coupled with the existing hip pain, made me panic.
I have been on Diclofenac, so the governor calls the doctor to know if its ok to mix it with triptan.
Triptan I discovered a years back. It normally does not remove the aura, nor the traveling numbness, but the splitting headache and nausea is lessoned and within two hours I am mostly operational.
Beside the one side of the brain that feels loose and the false sense of being okness.
The advantage of a migraine is only evident when it’s over, I get a happy spurt, probably a serotonin flush and I feel very emotionally happy for a few hours.
During this period my family find me rather adorable like a big fat teddy bear, because I don't seem to be as fast paced as normal in my reactions or speech.
Yes, says the doctor, but only one.
I took one Triptan.
It was a very bad idea.
Part 3 coming soon