April 04, 2005

Migraine

Lie down on a grassy slope and roll down the hill, over and over, until when you stand up, the whole landscape is spinning around you. Imagine what it would feel like if that spinning sensation lasted for hours.

Take that split second of movement on a very fast amusement park ride when your body goes one way and your head goes the other, your skull knocking against reality - and stretch it out to last four or five hours.

Imagine a world in which every sound, every vibration has been amplified so that your entire self is overwhelmed with noise, confused by a kaleidoscope of sound and you cannot stand the high-pitched sound of your own child's voice.

Imagine a piercing light shining into your eyes, stinging, probing, cruel until you beg fate to put you in a dark room where you can close them. But when you close them, you keep seeing patterns, red on black, strange twisting patterns that rub against the inside of your brain.

An alien slug crawls into your ear and oozes its grey self across the inside of your head, turning and twisting all the pieces until you have to vomit.

And it's actually a relief to vomit because that feels better than anything else.

9 comments:

jo(e) said...

For the record, I am not having a migraine right now. I couldn't possibly look at the computer screen in the middle of a fullblown migraine. But I've been on the edge of a migraine all day ....

Laura said...

Bleh! I hate migraines. I vomited in an alley once because I had one and was locked out of my building.

Phantom Scribbler said...

Oh, I'm so sorry, jo(e)! I used to get migraines in association with my allergy/sinus headaches. The vague, fuzzy period before the full-blown headache is filled with evil portent.

I am sending migraine-repelling thoughts your way.

Moreena said...

Ouch ouch ouch. I've never had a migraine, although I'm familiar with the vomit as relief feeling. I'm also sending my best psychic migraine repellant your way. That sounds horrendous.

Psycho Kitty said...

Ooh, I'm sorry--hope it doesn't come on full force. I do actually get them but I'm a lucky bastard and I only get the auras, not the pain. Hope you feel better soon...

Mel said...

far too evocative...I only get them occasionally now, but in my early 20s it was bad.

Friday Mom said...

Ooo...ick....Hope you were able to hold it off!

jo(e) said...

Thanks everyone for all the postitive energy ....

Dr. Sniffly said...

Oh, I know. I'm glad it's over now.

I used to get them frequently in my late teens and very early 20s .. just awful.