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April 9th, 2008
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Migraine
A week ago, I had my first migraine headache (or at least, the first time I identified it as such). It started out with an aura, or visual disturbance. It's very hard to describe this visual disturbance, but it was like my vision was fractured, smeared, and/or occluded in certain parts of my visual field, particularly in my left eye. I was still able to read, but had to move point my eyes in different directions to find places that were still functioning, much like one might do after staring at a bright light. This was actually the most unpleasant part of the experience by far, since at the time I wasn't sure what was going on and something like a stroke seemed a real possibility.

I started reading Wikipedia, and one of the things they said was that auras generally last less than 60 minutes. Sure enough, in a bit under an hour my vision returned to normal, and around the same time I started to get some pain which was completely localized to the right side of my head. It really wasn't that bad, particularly after I took some Excedrin, but as I was also nauseated and I wasn't quite sure what course the thing would take (i.e. whether it would get worse) I decided to go home from work. As it turned out, after a nap of a couple of hours I was basically fine.

One could say that this ought to disturb me, and if it starts to become a regular occurrence it probably will. But my reaction this time was “hey, that's kind of neat”, as I managed to identify it (echoing my self-diagnosis of diabetes many years ago), it followed the pattern to a tee, and it really wasn't that bad anyway.

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From:papertygre
Date:April 13th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
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From:kenoubi
Date:April 14th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
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I had not seen that site, but I had heard the theory. It's a bit difficult to believe, though, because the aura for my migraine started immediately after I had my morning coffee. This doesn't literally rule out caffeine withdrawal as the cause, of course, but it does count as strong circumstantial evidence against to me.
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From:kenoubi
Date:April 14th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Upon reading further, they do say that caffeine can be a headache trigger as well as a headache reliever. However, the style of writing on the site is a bit... kooky?

Even if I did get a migraine once a month or something, and it was specifically caused by caffeine, that wouldn't be enough to convince me to quit. Though if they got really frequent that'd be something else.
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