Crank up the volume on the brain current

Sometimes I think of a migraine like out of control brain current, all that buzzing neurons causing such a buildup it can only be expressed via pain and brain hiccups.  What is going on with me lately is more like a full on surge.  When my hands went numb and my doc said it was likely a prolonged aura I did not agree or disagree, but I knew it was possible.  Now with this constant vertigo which my doc says is also due to my migraines, I am beginning to wonder how valid that statement is.  Isn't it damned unusual for two symptoms, that most definitely can occur with a migraine and do, have become prolonged symptoms?  And if those are in fact related to the migraines, which I can't be sure of, then what the hell is different about my migraines lately such that suddenly these neurological symptoms are persisting?  And who knows?  I have no clue on an answer to explain this random crap.  Thankfully in mid January I have that neuro apt which hopefully means he might have a better clue what is going on.

The thing about these episodes of vertigo is that they affect me more so than other symptoms and that worries me.  By that I mean when I do not have a migraine I can be standing and feel like I am falling, just for a second, causing me to jerk and shift my feet to correct for this false sensation.  It does that all day long.  Also when I am moving it is disorientating.  When I am sitting and move it causing a bit of a lurching feeling.  That is wierd.  Also causing me to fall down because feeling the the floor is suddenly made of spounge and your skinking, thinking your falling, makes you make suggest corrections... that make you fall.  Makes my eyes track a little wierd as well.  Now when I actually have a migraine this is way worse.  Walk like a drunk worse.  The vertigo sensations stronger and more consistent.  My vision gets right screwy, as in shimmering and warping.  Makes it extremely difficult to be able to 'function' with a bad migraine.  Today it got bad and so I was forced to take my triptan when I otherwise might not have because I needed something to dampen the migraine asap so that hopefully the vertigo crap would lessen and I would be able to continue to work and drive myself home.  It did work, briefly, then it got wierd again.  My vision all slow at tracking and the triptan causing some of its unplesant symtpoms.  But obviously I'm going to need to take that med more often in order to do things like walking


There are times were you just feel unwell for no particular reason.  Particular symptoms rise up but they made no sense.  I am eagerly awaiting up neuro appointment because, damn, I feel unwell.  First the whole numb hands thing which got a fraction better but is definitely still there.  Now this vertigo thing that just won't quit.  I can be standing or sitting and all poof a sudden it feels like I am moving, when standing it feels like I suddenly lose my balance because my foot feels like it is falling down.  I move and the world swirls for a moment.  My eyes are not tracking so well and my right eye keeps hazing up.  I'm not new to dizziness or vertigo but this is just not going away.  Nor are the migraines, although the physio helps keep the neck pain under control until I get a migraine that is.  It is hard to stand for more than a few minutes without leaning on something because it gets so disorientating.  And I've had two damn sick days cause of it.  I'll make a doctors appointment and mention it but really I need to see my neuro.

Accupuncture fun

Acupuncture is weird.  It is doing something, I can tell that, because it is giving me bouts of vertigo right afterward and then sporadically for the next day.  Which is weird, but obviously that means it is in fact doing something.  I am also bruising around the needle marks on my hand, which I thought odd and my fingers are swelling a bit.  Hard to say it if it working on the migraines because it is just one of those killer migraine weeks right now. 

Now the physio is definitely helping.  Got rid of the neck pain and now we are working on exercises to keep it that way, and improve posture.  My employer, the head honcho, said they will get me a chair and a proper keyboard to continue to help with my posture to prevent the neck pain from getting that bad again.  And if the numbness in my hand is due to the neck pain and nerves it might help with that too.

So I feel good that I am doing something.  Instead of going on a leave of absence I am trying things that I hope will help me get the pain back to a tolerable level... so I can get to me neuro appointment intact.

First acupuncture appointment ever

Yes today I did my best impression of a porcupine to date.  I've always been intrigued by the theories behind acupuncture... and always very willing to try absolutely every single thing possible that has the slightest possibility of improving my chronic migraine situation.  Although one may think getting needles stabbed into your head is painful (and if that thought sounds painful then you've never had a migraine) but this was completely painless.  Although after when I sat up I was the worst case of virtigo ever and it took a bit for that to get better... hard to walk when it feels like your left foot is falling through the floor.  I think that had more to do with the migraine I had, the fact the table was tilted at a downward slope causing the blood to pool in my head and because I'm getting over a nasty flu that was causing a great deal of dizziness.  Or getting needles stuck in your head causes vertigo.  Either way it is a preventative technique I've been meaning to try and is somewhat covered by my work insurance... enough that part of the year would be covered if there is some sucess.  And honestly I was willing to try Botox in the head and this is less intrusive and definately less annoying.

Impressive aura

I have to admit the visual aura manifestations can be quite spectacular and infinitely hard to describe to someone who has never seen them.  If you pressed against your eyes for a few minutes and then released the sort of pulsating sparkles you might see are very close to what I call a classic visual aura... a distorted area of positive or negative colors that through the course of the aura gradually expands through the visual field. Then there is visual snow which is a billion specks of white, gold or eletric blue that fill the entire visual field like white static on a TV, sometimes just making everything sparkle and sometimes making everything distorted like a bad image on a TV where the reception is very bad. If you catch me staring vacantly at the sky or a white wall it is because I am distracted by the sparkles. 

I was impressed by an aura on Thursday.  All day I was getting the most impressive sharp sparks of blue light just periodically flashing and drawing my attention for sure.  Then near the end of the day my whole visual field began to shimmer. Best I can describe it is like I was looking through heat. Everything just sort of rippled back and forth slightly. I have had similar auras before it is just that visual auras are so very diverse and bizzare. People honestly do not know how difficult it can be sometimes to focus on them, or read or walk when the visual aura is that warping. Whereas the flashes of blue light were just interesting... although given how abrupt and bright they were I can imagine a situation where they would not be welcome, such as driving and thinking there was something there that I would need to swerve to avoid.

Anyway, very bizarro.  And fasinating. Also can't honestly use the phrase 'seeing is believing' if you get that sort of migraine aura. Otherwise I would have to come up with all sorts of random theories to explain what I see. Like a billion dancing fairies.

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