Migraine and the sense of smell.

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  1. Ellie Knight says:

    Ian, so grim. I don’t have them as much as I used to (cue massive attack) but I have certainly had the smell thing. To my dismay and shame it happened on the top deck of the 73 one afternoon. A gentleman of the road came up and sat down right in front of me and his special aroma set off a migraine that lasted nearly a fortnight – during the middle of which the french detonated some nuclear tests causing our telephone to ring in the middle of the night (we were attached to Greenpeace at the time). It was such a bad one (migraine, not nuclear test…) that I couldn’t make out music – it was all scrambled. Imagine something as familiar a Beethoven symphony with all the lines played in the wrong order. Deeply weird. Also, I could hear the conversations of people outside in the street as if they were shouting. Not nice at all. Some ‘brilliant’ advice I had on how to stop migraine – ‘Have a baby’ ha ha ha ha ha ha! Don’t like to worry you but when I mentioned to a medic friend of mine that I felt brain-damaged after a migraine, he said ‘Well that’s because you’ve just had a stroke.’ Cheers!

  2. Ian Marchant says:

    Cheers indeed. Just shows you need writers and not medics as chums, unless the medics promise not to sound cheery about anything.

  3. eamonn says:

    Good piece Ian.I get the smells thing,nail varnish and other stuff. I’m told I have cluster headaches and recently there has been a lot of anecdotal stuff about a mushroom ‘cure’ which is being picked up by doctors who specialise in this. That is my next move.

  4. Ian Marchant says:

    I’m up for taking the mushroom cure, most certainly.

  5. How awful. I do not get migraines, I’m happy to say. However I have been manic, which has its own set of horrid perceptual symptoms.

  6. Ian Marchant says:

    That’s really interesting, Kate: thank ‘ee

  7. Catherine says:

    Ouch! is all I can say. As a non-migrainer, I can only imagine
    how overwhelming and nasty these episodes are.
    Let’s hope the mushrooms deliver.
    I like the title/s of your next book, by the way, although
    I do think my announcement to the sedate literary appreciation
    folk of Lewes that your next book would concern
    the ‘Cunter Culture’ should be included in some way….;-)

  8. Ian Marchant says:

    Oh, there’s no doubt that the Cunter Culture will be covered…

  9. Pete Sanders says:

    As a very occasional reader of your excellent blogs (and a bit late to this one), I was distressed and fascinated to read this. I get the thing called ‘vertiginous migraine’ which makes me extremely dizzy – I have reach out and grab something, then close my eyes and if that doesn’t work, crouch down so that any falling-over will be less painful. I get looks from the caring to the suspicious, depending upon how close to a pub I am. It can last for days. And no headache. I find it very difficult to explain to people what it feels like, but you’ve come the closest. Thanks. I’ll point people in the direction of your blog to help them understand.

  10. Ian Marchant says:

    Thanks very much for this Pete. There are probably specialist migraine forums, and I guess we should both post there, but hopefully people who are googling for unusual migraine symptoms will find my post and your fascinating comment, and feel a bit less alone.

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