My Favorite Migraine Aura -- A Must Read -- Petrifying and Pleasureable!

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Radium, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. Radium

    Radium Guest


    I would like to experience a migraine aura as long as there is nothing
    but the aura and the aura is only temporary [approximately 15 minutes
    to 6 hours]. I've read about the aura and find it both enjoyable and
    scary. I like the visual symptoms, the dizziness, the numbness, etc.

    I certainly would *not* want to have the headache phase or the
    post-headache* phase of the migraine. I just want the aura.

    *After a migraine headache, many patients experience tension headaches.

    NOTE: sensitivity to light/sound is *not* part of the aura. I only want
    the aura and no other part of the migraine

    AFAIK, the aura is due to the intense vasoconstriction. The headache
    OTOH, is due to vasodilation. The the tension headache is an
    after-effect of a migraine headache.

    The vasoconstriction in "migraine with aura" is more intense and
    longer-lasting then in the "migraine without aura." This is probably
    why the former causes an aura while the latter does not.

    In addition -- prior and during vasoconstriction -- the blood entering
    the brain is hyperoxygenated. The excess oxygen may play a role in
    causing the brain's blood vessels to go into spasm and narrow. In
    patients with "migraine aura", the brain's blood contains significantly
    more oxygen than patient who experience "migraine without aura"

    Here are the affects of my favorite migraine aura caused by
    vasoconstriction solely in the brain and nowhere else [not even the
    eyes or the ears]:

    1. Unilateral visual symptoms which affect only the left half of the
    left eye in which the more left you go [in that left half of the left
    eye] the more the vision is affected, while the right eye -- as well as
    the right half of the left eye -- have their vision intact and totally
    unaffected. The left half of the left eye experiences the following
    symptoms [the extreme left of the left half of the left eye is ]:

    A. Blurry vision

    B. Image distortion [2-D images appear 3-D]

    C. Dysmetropsia, i.e., macropsia, micropsia, pelopsia and teleopsia
    (objects appearing larger, smaller, nearer and further away,

    D. Tilted vision, inverted vision and other forms of illusory rotation

    E. Diplopia (double vision)

    F. Polyopia (vision of multiple images)

    G. Visual perseveration, i.e., prolonged afterimages, palinopsia (the
    persistence or reappearance of an image of a previously viewed object),
    illusory visual spread (the illusory extension of the visual perception
    over an area greater than that which the stimulus-object would be
    expected to excite)

    H. Cinematographic vision (visual illusion whereby the normal
    perception of moving objects is replaced by seeing a series of "stills"
    as in a film run too slowly)

    I. Corona phenomenon (extra-contour around objects)

    J. Metamorphopsia (distorted vision)

    K. Facial metamorphopsia (distorted vision of human faces),

    L. Mosaic illusion (fracture of the visual image into pieces dovetailed
    together as in a mosaic),

    M. Autokinesis (illusion of apparent movement of stationary objects)

    N. Hallucinations of blobs, amorphous shapes, blurry patterns, watery
    patterns with no definite design

    O. Hallucinations of herringbone patterns, zig-zags, polygons, all
    angular figures without curves or rounded corners, crosses

    P. Hallucinations of circles, ellipses, parabolas, hyperbolas, sine
    wave patterns, fingerprint whorls, spheres, balls, scribbling

    Q. Hallucinations of of spider webs, nets, unsymmetrical lattices and
    filigrees, veins

    R. Hallucinations of of lattices, gratings, grids, screens, fretwork,
    checkerboard, honeycombs

    S. Hallucinations of of tunnels, funnels, alleys, cones, vessels, pits,

    T. Hallucinations of spirals, pinwheels, springs

    U. Hallucinations of kaleidoscopes, mandalas, symmetrical snowflakes,
    lacework, mosaics, symmetrical flowerlike patterns.

    V. Hallucinations of any recognizable imagery such as faces, people,
    landscapes, panoramic vistas, animals, inanimate objects, cartoons

    W. Upside-down vision

    X. Blindness [*without* any blackness, darkening or diming of vision]
    [Now for those of you who think blindness is the same thing as seeing
    blackness when you close your eyes - you are completely wrong.
    Blindness is like trying to see and there is nothing registering with
    the brain. You don't see blackness... you don't 'see' anything. The
    sense to see is gone.]

    Y. Body image disturbance -- Alice in Wonderland syndrome -- macro- and
    microsomatognosia, out-of-body experiences or felt presences

    Z. Achromatopsia (loss of colour vision), chromatopsia (distortion of
    colour vision), and prosopagnosia (agnosia for faces). In addition to
    visual distortions, visual hallucinations, and visual illusions that
    alter the sense of balance even if the organs of balance and their
    associated brain-regions aren't directly affected by any ailment.

    2. Non-visual symptoms affecting only the left side of the body [and
    getting more extreme at the extremities (e.g. finger and toes) and
    milder at the center]. (To make the symptoms more easy to describe,
    lets draw a line two divide the body into left and right -- the further
    you go to left, the more extreme the symptoms will be. If you are on
    the left, then the closer you go the the line [i.e. the center] the
    milder the symptoms will be). Here are the symptoms:

    A. Paralysis
    B. Numbness
    C. Painless sensation [tactile hallucination] of coldness resembling
    that caused by TRPM8-receptor stimulation [caused by vasoconstriction
    in the part(s) of the brain the interpret signal from TRPM8-receptors.
    D. Tactile hallucinations of movement
    E. Impaired coordination
    F. Involuntary movements
    G. Body image disturbance -- Alice in Wonderland syndrome -- macro- and
    microsomatognosia, out-of-body experiences or felt presences

    "One, designated TRPM8, is a channel that admits Ca2+ and Na+ in
    response to moderate cold (<28°C) or menthol (the ingredient that
    gives mint its "cool" touch and taste)."

    3. Other symptoms:

    A. Disturbance in the sense of balance in terms of the left inner ear
    -- i.e. the brain's reception of balance signals from the left inner
    ear is altered due to vasoconstriction in the part of the brain
    concerned with balance from the left inner ear. Symptoms are dizziness,
    impaired balance, loss of balance, vertigo, as well as random
    hallucinations involving the sense of balance. Hearing and digestive
    functions are totally unaffected. No nausea or vomiting.

    B. Body image disturbance -- Alice in Wonderland syndrome -- macro- and
    microsomatognosia, out-of-body experiences or felt presences.

    C. Speeding up of time perception -- "time flys abnormally fast" --
    opposite of marijuana's affect on sense of time.

    D. Depersonalization

    E. Derealization

    F. Aphasia -- motor and sensory

    G. Dysarthria

    H. Stuttering

    I. Involuntary vocalizations

    J. Paralysis of speech muscles

    K. Global aphasia

    L. Broca's aphasia

    M. Wernicke's aphasia

    N. Anomic aphasia

    O. Reading disturbances

    P. Writing disturbances

    Q. Paramnesias [such as Déjà vu and Jamais vu]

    R. Forced Reminiscence -- dream-like states

    S. Synaesthesia involving senses of vision, balance, time, space, and

    T. Recurring dreams as migraine aura experiences

    U. Migraine aura symptoms experienced whilst dreaming

    V. Alteration of dreams as a direct result from cerebral

    W. Alterations in level of consciousness

    X. Decrease in -- or loss of -- awarness [resembling absence or partial
    seizure in which consciouness is retained but awarness is impaired]

    Y. False memories; distortion of real memories; impaired short-term
    memory; increased focus on long-term memories.

    Z. Near-death experience due to severe and prolonged cerebral vasospasm



    P.S. the symptoms described above are definitely terrifying but at the
    same time, they can be SO enjoyable!
    Radium, Oct 24, 2006
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  2. Radium

    Radium Guest

    Sorry that sentence in the brackets should be "the extreme left of the
    left half of the left eye is affected the most severely"
    Radium, Oct 24, 2006
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  3. Radium

    John Guest

    I have had the 'honour' of experiencing a 'migraine aura' without any

    I had it at intervals of 1-2 years, from March 1996 until September 2004
    without knowing what it was and regularly ending up either into
    Emergency Ward or Stroke Unit for fear of having a stroke, since at the
    same moment (very probably because of the following panic) my blood
    pressure reached 270 systolic and 140 diastolic.

    It was only when in September 2004 a friend neurologist told me it was a
    case of 'fortification spectrum' that I searched internet and found the
    site of Prof. Markus Dahlem in Magdeburg, Germany,
    who is a specialist in this area and does research on it.

    Now, after reading a lot about it, I know that my aura is caused very
    probably by 'contractions' of small vessels in the visual area of the
    back cortex.
    There is a theory about it, the CSD-Theory ('Cortex Spreading
    Depression') which thinks the onset of such visual 'hallucinations'
    follow a very precise pattern, starting with a 'black spot' in the
    middle of the visual field, and then 'enlarges' towards the periphery,
    showing 'zig-zag' segments, similar to a 'defending military fortress'.
    That is why it was named 'fortification spectrum' from the first doctor,
    in the 18th century, who described it for the first time.

    I had exactly this type of hallucinations.

    Once you know what it is, then it becomes less 'fearful'.

    But I guarantee that it is no joke to have it for 8 years not knowing
    what it is and landing in a stroke unit with suspicion of stroke.

    For the record : since I have started taking anti-hypertensive
    medications the attacks have ceased.

    Greetings to all.

    John, Oct 25, 2006
  4. Radium

    Ann Guest

    They call it ocular migraine here. I've had it for years.

    Ann, Oct 27, 2006
  5. Radium

    Radium Guest

    What if the aura includes non-visual symptoms?
    Radium, Oct 28, 2006
  6. Radium

    Ann Guest

    It's not an aura if it doesn't precede something. That's what aura

    Ann, Oct 28, 2006
  7. Radium

    Ann Guest

    It's not an aura if it doesn't precede a headache. That's what aura

    Ann, Oct 28, 2006
  8. Radium

    John Guest

    How nice that you all here seem to take this phenomena as something very

    To me, I admit, it scared the sh**t out of me, thinking everytime that
    I was having something like a stroke and ran immediately to the stroke unit.

    To me it's still no fun at all. So nice they can be, these 'scotomas'
    and 'fortification spectra', I cannot ignore the fact that they do
    represent vascular constriction and are the sign of 'cortex spreading
    depression'. Which means that there is a sort of blood supply to some
    vessels, which cause abnormal action potentials in cells, probably
    producing electrical spikes which cause these phenomena.

    Okay, perhaps I am a born worrier. However, I prefer to 'hear' about it,
    rather then 'experience' it....

    John, Oct 29, 2006
  9. Radium

    Radium Guest

    Yup. Thats why I just love to experience these visual auras. Add a
    terryfing sense of derealizations to it. Derealization is a acute
    dissociative state of mental confusion in which things start to feel
    unreal. It can be totally-painless, yet extremely frightening and
    really enjoyable.

    I find the non-visual symptoms of the aura just as interesting and
    enjoyable as the visual ones.

    Everyone experience some level of derealization one the process from a
    wake-state to a sleep-state and visa versa, yet we don't notice it. Its
    when you are fully-aware of the derealization that things can get
    really enjoyable and terrifying.
    Well, I'd try to enjoy those temporary visual aberrations. Usually,
    there isn't much to worry about unless you and/or a member of your
    immediate family has suffered a stroke or a TIA.
    Radium, Oct 29, 2006
  10. Radium

    Radium Guest

    Well, I agree with you about the driving part. You don't want visual --
    or any other sensory disturbances -- while driving.
    Nah. Just enjoy the adrenaline-pumping hallucinations and
    mental-dissociation caused by the migraine's vasoconstriction.
    I'd think they are enjoying once or twice. But with a monotonous spot,
    I'd call it boring.
    Radium, Oct 29, 2006
  11. Radium

    John Guest

    How interesting. I never saw a connection between derealisation sinptoms
    and visual aura. Also because derealization phenomena I experenced
    occasionally since the age of 17, while aura came for the first time
    when I was 49 (now I am 59).

    But *if* there is a connection, that would explain a lot of things which
    might be neurologically connected.

    For instance a 'paroxysmal positional vertigo'.

    At the beginnig I thought the aura itself was like a TIA.

    In my case I explain this phenomena with a severe hypertension which I
    had for many years (10 years) with daily peaks of 240/130, without any
    After I started taking medications and BP values were dramatically
    reduced, I never had any aura since.
    Well, unfortunally I had a was a minor 'prickle' in the right
    arm, due to a very small hemorrage (4,5mm).

    Since then I take medications for hypertension.

    John, Oct 29, 2006
  12. Radium

    John Guest

    ....I start to see it that way myself. :))

    Two days ago I again ad aura, after a day of extreme anger. And after
    almost two years.

    'Oh Shit ! Not again', I thought at first.

    But I wasn't going to let THAT ruin my plans any more.
    So I laid down until it stopped, ca. 20 minutes. Then I took a shower
    and went to the only nice thing on the program that day : a night with a
    beautiful lady !!

    Yes. Its a fair bargain all right. :)))

    John, Oct 29, 2006
  13. Radium

    Ann Guest

    I don't know about "you all". One nutcase says he likes them. One
    doesn't constitute us all. I don't like them particularly but I try
    just to sit them out.

    Ann, Oct 29, 2006
  14. Radium

    Ann Guest

    Ocular migraine is the usual term.

    Ann, Oct 29, 2006
  15. Radium

    Radium Guest

    I like them because they are so exciting. Lots of things that are scary
    can also be enjoyable.
    Radium, Oct 29, 2006
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