Good News: It’s Just A Migraine

This eye is out to get me.
This eye is out to get me.

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, let me begin by saying that I’m fine. However, as I’m trying to let my eyes rest, I’ll leave you with a brief synopsis of what happened.

I started the day by bumping my head. In fact, it hurt enough that I swore. A lot. Poor Elliot has never heard such colourful language, I’m sure. I believe I even tweeted about my head-bumping incident but I’m too lazy to determine if that is true.

I thought nothing more of the bump and went about my day.

I arrived home from work late and puttered about the house until I decided I needed to go for a run. During the run, I felt wobbly – which I do recall I posted to RunKeeper. But again, thought nothing more of it, except to say that I slowed my pace at one point because I wasn’t sure if I was dizzy or not. My eyes were doing weird things, but I chalked it up to the speed.

Shortly after running and stretching, I started writing yesterday’s post. At that point, my vision was beginning to do something odd. Specifically, it was as if parts of it were coming in and out of focus. It’s almost as if parts of my vision field were turning off and then rebooting.

My face! My beautiful face!
My face! My beautiful face!

Then I couldn’t see anything in my central vision – I commented on not being able to read certain letters while writing. That didn’t go away, but also wasn’t outside the norm for my vision. I was not concerned. Then it started to spread. So much so, that if I were to look at myself with just my left eye, half my face would be gone. I’ve tried to recreate the experience in the photo to the right. Again, this didn’t concern me so much either. This happens more often than I’d like to admit.

Then things got weird.

And by weird, I mean trippy. Because I started seeing what I can only describe as wavy lines of Aurora Borealis. Seriously. It was as if parts of my vision field were filled with coloured static – but in lines that squiggled about my central vision. And they vibrated. I tried closing my eyes, but the colours and lines were still there. Seeing flashing lights can be a signal of retinal detachment, so I thought I might need to go to a doctor. I decided should the Aurora in my vision continue to get worse, I would.

And then my head started getting tingly/numb and I felt dizzy. This is when I began to be concerned. To be honest, I actually looked up the symptoms of a stroke because I had remembered dizziness, blurred vision, wavy vision, etc., as being some of the warning signs.

I called my brother and after a short conversation found myself in the emergency room until the wee hours of the morning.

Fortunately, once there I sat for several hours and by the time I finally saw a doctor my vision had returned to normal-for-me. Unfortunately the return of vision was accompanied by a headache. After testing my reflexes and checking for signs of a stroke, the doctor sent me home with a diagnosis of ocular migraine. The doctor thought, since these do not happen to me often, it may have been triggered by my bump earlier in the day. Did you forget about that? Because I had until asked by the nurse when I was being admitted.

Today I am a bit of a waste of space. I’m definitely dealing with a ‘migraine hangover’. Thoughts are slow, decisions are out of reach, and I just feel off. Fortunately, it was just a migraine. The alternative (retinal detachment, stroke, etc.) are all much worse. To be extra safe, I’m getting a rather quick follow-up with a specialist tomorrow to ensure that nothing else has happened to my eyes or my brain.

And because I love my eyes and my brain, I’m going to go rest them a little more.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Ahhh, migraine “hangover”… a misunderstood result of a migraine. Not surprised by your diagnosis, I suspected as much as I read your blog post last night. I get a lot of visual aura when I suffer from migraines, usually little black squirmy things across my vision, as though I have thousands of tiny parasites in my eyeballs.

    Obviously, this is a result of your need to slow down and be. Not a great way to get you to relax a little, but the only way our bodies can tell us to stop before they shut down completely.

    Hope you take it easy tomorrow to reward yourself for surviving another migraine.

    1. dangillis says:

      I did. Lots of doing nothing. Teaching was an interesting event given the brain fog, but I survived. Looking forward to next Thursday when I can start some adventuring and really clear my head 🙂

  2. DPC says:

    glad you’re ok 🙂

  3. Sarah Harris says:

    Whoa! Scary! Glad you are getting better!

    1. dangillis says:

      Me too! Thankfully it was only a migraine.

  4. Adam says:

    Glad you’re feeling better!

    1. dangillis says:

      Thanks. Feeling much better 🙂

  5. Carin says:

    I got the quick scoop from a buddy that you were ok, but wanted to come back and say whew. Glad you’re seeing specialists to make sure all is well. That could have been a one-off, or a very loud warning.

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