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What Happens During a Migraine Attack

Updated on December 22, 2011
Migraine with Aura
Migraine with Aura | Source

It started when I was a teen

I just couldn’t make sense of it

We were all on a bus going downtown

I cracked a silly joke, she laughed, and then I went pale

Was I going blind? Should I panic? Why me?

An unmistakable sign that something was wrong

At first a blind spot, like her left eye was gone

My first crush, a one-eyed monster

A warning. An alarm. A shining dot around her. Threatening

A halo, soft focus, blurry lines and jittery edges

Changing shapes, expanding, a circle of zigzagging lines shining

Slowly covering my right field of vision.

A superimposed area of static noise and confusion

I had skipped lunch. But now we’ve reached the restaurant

No need to panic, I’m all grown up and I’m fine

Time for some grub but the plate in front keeps swaying

This has never happened before but it’s fading

Thank you God

Things are back to normal

I am back to normal

Should I tell her? But we are not alone

My friends will think I’m going crazy

And then it hits me. Literally

My head hurt like someone has slammed it against the wall

I’m having a stroke or maybe I’ll be passing out soon

There’s pain and then there’s pain

This is beyond them both

Bye bye world

The sounds are louder and the light is unbearable

And my brain is expanding

A tree grows in it from the inside

Or so it seems

Feeling of nausea


A trip to the bathroom

And then another

A friend jokes I may be pregnant!

The ride back is the longest

And then slowly it fades

Only a lingering mild hangover

“It’s not a tumor, you are not dying”

It was only a migraine says the doctor

Only a migraine! ONLY a migraine?

Only a migraine

What an unwanted guest

And now I know the guest too well

Cuz he visits me every week.

A Must Read for Migraine Sufferers


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      Anish Patel 5 years ago from San Francisco + Mumbai

      Hi M T Dremer. thanks for the read. I am glad you don't get migraines anymore. I can't think of anything more painful. Thanks again and sorry for such a late response.

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      M. T. Dremer 6 years ago from United States

      I had migraines frequently in middle/high school. The doctor suggested they were adolescent migraines, but I think it was related to my vision. I needed glasses badly and I think the strain was triggering them. When I did get glasses they slowed way down and now I only have one every few years (if at all). But you described it very well. I always tell people that the start of a migraine is like when you look at a bright light and it leaves that ghost impression in your eyes. Then comes the crushing pain. I always tried to sleep through them, but it rarely worked, and I would just roll around on the bed for a few hours before it passed. Some were so severe that I would have a second, smaller migraine the next day. I used to call them 'aftershocks'. Now-a-days I get what I call 'phantom migraines' which aren't really migraines at all, but rather, it's that beginning loss of vision that I experience. Remembering the migraines I immediately break into a cold sweat, start to panic, and hastily try to rest my eyes from whatever I was doing. Rarely do they turn into actual migraines, but the memory is enough to keep me on my toes and remind me how lucky I am that they've diminished. Great hub!

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      Anish Patel 6 years ago from San Francisco + Mumbai

      thank you LABrashear. I hope you have never had to suffer one of them!

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      LABrashear 6 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      You hit the nail on the head (no pun intended!)describing migraines! Great job and thanks for the info.

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      lundmusik 6 years ago from Tucson AZ

      you're welcome,, perhaps modern medicine will learn how to wipe these out completely!!!

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      Anish Patel 6 years ago from San Francisco + Mumbai

      thanks Lundmusik, I would never wish this on anyone. but I've learnt to live with it.

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      lundmusik 6 years ago from Tucson AZ

      thanks for your interesting article. it puts a face on something I've known very little about, except now I'm even more grateful that i've never had one of these monsters...