My Favorite Migraine Aura -- A Must Read -- Petrifying yet Pleasureable at the same time!

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 to 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

    Here are the affects of my favorite painless 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 affected
    the most severely by the symptoms]:

    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
  2. Radium

    cllmd Guest

    Please do not cross-post into ASHM. If you must post, copy what you've sent
    to others, then send to us with no other reply ng's.

    ....and i want to plunge to the earth from about 40,000 feet without having
    to use a cumbersome parachute.

    This is not a forum for your fascination. We have no interest in your
    fantasy. This is a place for folks who have a REAL medical problem that is
    destroying the life they knew. Your wanting to dabble in the pursuit of a
    brain-altering experience has no place here.

    There are plenty of drugs (as i'm sure you are aware) that can give you
    aura-like visions...LSD and Salvia come to mind. There is art created to
    simulate an aura. Search in Google for links.

    Now, as politely as i can, i am asking you to GO AWAY!

    cllmd, Oct 29, 2006
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