• Phantosmia means smelling things that are not there. It is also called an olfactory hallucination or phantom smells. Phantosmia is considered to be part of the Aura phase of a Migraine, the phase that precedes the headache phase. #Migraine #PhantomSmells #Phantosmia #OlfactoryHallucinations

    Migraine Explained: Phantosmia

    It can easily be said that during my Migraine Attacks that my sense of smells is heightened. I smell things that no human should be able to smell. Basically, my nose is better than a coon dog on a great hunt! But what happens when there is no signs of migraine and the things you are smelling are not there? Well, that is a whole different thing entirely. Welcome to the world of Phantosmia!

  • Aura is the second phase of a Migraine. It can include vision, verbal and Speech symptoms. #Migraine #Aura

    Migraine Explained: Aura

    One of the things that makes a Migraine different than an ordinary headache is that a Migraine has phases. Over the next few weeks, I want to take an indepth look at each phase of a Migraine. Today we will be looking at the Aura phase of a Migraine. What is an Aura? A Migraine Aura is a set symptoms that include the most common visual symptoms but can also include sensory and language disturbances. According to the American Migraine Foundation, “Up to one-third of people with migraine experience aura as a distinct phase in the progression of their migraine attack.” What is a Visual Aura? According to Mayo.com, the visual symptoms are:…

  • What is Transient Aphasia? - #speech #language #aphasia #migraine #aura #HemiplegicMigraine #garbledspeech

    Transient Aphasia – When the Words Won’t Come

    One of the most annoying symptoms that I have during my Hemiplegic Migraine episodes is aphasia. The National Aphasia Association defines aphasia as, “an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech.”  Although aphasia is generally permanent, transient aphasia is temporary and is the type that accompanies migraines. What is it like to have Transient Aphasia? Most importantly, I know what I want to say but when I try to say the words everything sounds garbled, slurred and unrecognizable. It sounds like I am talking a foreign language that doesn’t exist. It is very frustrating to have the words and to be unable to get them out correctly.…

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    Importance of a Migraine Safety Plan …

    As I have mentioned before, I have a rare type of Migraine called Hemiplegic Migraine. My aura symptoms include stroke like symptoms and includes vision loss, right side paralysis, inability to say words (just comes out as jibberish) and right side facial numbness (includes tongue and sometimes throat tingling). That is on top of the excruciating headache, light and sound sensitivity. That means being safe in my home has become very important. The reason I am posting this is because yesterday I was reminded of how important that really is. I went downstairs to freshen up my drink (My Yeti cup helps but eventually the ice still melts!). What was…