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It’s a visual migraine, not a hallucination

2012-03-22T21:08:15-04:00

I gave a presentation to the powers-that-be at my client today. I was not concerned… both of the project managers to whom I report were flanking me, and had already vetted what I was going to say. It went well, they gave their input, I altered the master plan, and everyone was happy. It was congenial, not antagonistic like those horrible crazy people in North Carolina were (may the gods inflict slow painful deaths upon them).

After my meeting, I went back to my desk. And I was alarmed to see a haze developing in my vision, an peculiar scintillating pattern of revolving diamonds bordering my vision. It was very strange because it only bordered the left hemisphere of my vision, not the right.

At first I thought my eyes were hemorrhaging. But it would be nearly impossible for all of my eyes to hemorrhage at the same time, unless I was suffering from explosive decompression (which hasn’t happened in awhile). Closing each eye in sequence, I determined that they all displayed the same border. That meant the problem was in my brains, not in my eyes.

The scintillating geometric pattern meant that it WAS a brain problem, and I remembered my darling wife telling me about it, because many people in her family have it. It’s called a visual migraine, optical migraine, or migraine aura. This is what typical visual migraines look like.

Had I not heard about them before, I would have thought I was losing my minds. But since I was already aware of the concept, and had merely never experienced it before, it was much easier to accept and to observe it. I thought the effect was fascinating. It didn’t hurt at all, though I know some people experience pain associated with the visual effect. The dancing diamond border in my vision persisted for perhaps fifteen minutes, then faded away as quickly as it had come.

It was the most fun I’d had all week. (sigh)

3 Comments
  1. 2012-03-28T03:50:39-04:00 03:50

    An aura usually precedes the pain. You’re lucky to only get the visual disturbance.

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  2. 2012-03-22T22:02:28-04:00 22:02

    Oh it hurts just by looking at it.
    Hope it is not too serious.
    Anna :)

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    • 2012-03-22T22:19:12-04:00 22:19

      It’s interesting, to say the least. Doesn’t hurt a bit. Although I’d hate to try to operate a motor vehicle or participate in a gunfight with that kind of visual disturbance going on. Yow.

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