Not your usual aura

I have been reading your site and I’m so glad I found it. I have chronic migraines with 18-22 migraines a month. I’ve tried many prophylactic (medicinal) as well as herbal remedies that haven’t worked. I take abortive medications (triptans) and if I catch it in time I’m usually safe; otherwise, it only gets worse.

I don’t have the visual aura that is described in this web page, but I do have an emphatic warning that a migraine is imminent. My “aura” is sensitivity to noise. I also get very irritable and I snap at people for no reason. It’s taken me many years to realize the warnings, but I’m glad I did. I’m lucky my husband is aware of what is happening and takes no offense.

Do others experience this warning?

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  • Barbara
    5 years ago

    I absolutely have an extreme sensitivity to sound as well as a very uncomfortable feeling in my ears, not ringing, not exactly pain per say, not a stuffed up feeling, but definite dizziness, too…never been able to accurately describe it, but I now recognize the warning…more irritability than usual also..(-; Unfortunately, after decades of chronic migraines, I have been unable to find a very effective abortive med ( cannot take triptans) so usually end up having to take rescue meds,altho certainly trying not to take those too often because of MOH/ rebound

  • Saff Stephens
    5 years ago

    I get very sensitive to noise and smell before a migraine

  • Lisa Riley
    5 years ago

    I get an olfactory one as well as auditory and visual. I smell cigar smoke. A good Cuban cigar, which in Idaho is a huge rarity. Then the tinnitus that is always present ramps up to the point it sounds like someone is running their finger around a crystal glass rim. Then I add in the pretty stripes and flashes. The cigar smoke is usually the warning to find the triptan. I don’t wait for the others, because all heck will break out if I do.

  • kanzz
    5 years ago

    I don’t get a visual either. I get an auditory that I can only describe as sounding like a very loud tuning fork suddenly being pressed against my skull, just above my ear. It is so sudden that I sometimes snap my head away and cover my ear with my hand. It took years for me to figure out that this was a precursor to a migraine, usually within 24 hours.

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Jritchey,
    So funny that you mention irritability as a warning sign today. Did you see the post written by Kerrie? She fully describes the same thing.

    http://migraine.com/blog/mood-swings-a-warning-sign/

    I absolutely get that way too. I would snap at coworkers over the simplest things. I’m usually so easy going. It’s hard to recognize it, adjust your attitude and realize you need to take your meds!

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