Those of you that have experienced real migraines know that the terrible side effects can make normal functioning in daily life hard; if not impossible to deal with.
Classic migraines start with a warning sign called an aura. The aura often changes the way you see things. You may see flashing lights, or temporarily lose some of your vision, such as your side vision.
You may also feel muscle weakness on one side of your body. You may have trouble talking or feel depressed and irritable. You could feel restless.
Auras last about 15 to 30 minutes and may occur after, before or even overlap the pain of the migraine itself. The head pain of the migraine may occur on one side of the head or both sides.
Common migraines don't start with an aura. They last longer and interfere with daily activities more than classic migraines. Usually these are on one side of the head. The pain can last from 4 to 72 hours.
Lewis Carroll, who wrote Alice In Wonderland had classic migraines. He also had a syndrome named after him because he suffered with a very rare type of migraine aura called, Alice In Wonderland Syndrome.
Now doctors are finding out that by looking at drawings done by patients having classic migraines they can learn a lot about these terrible head-aches and get an insight into what migraines might be like to each patient. The pictures are striking and speak for themselves.
Classic migraine art takes place during the aura which changes the way a patient see's and feels things. Doctors are continuing to study this type of art to better understand migraines and how patients feel when they have one. This way new and better migraine medicines are being made to relieve the side effects of auras and migraines.
Only 1% of us escape headaches altogether. 16 to 17% of people get a migraine headache sometime in their lives. There are over 20 million migraine attacks happening every day. Some migraines are mistaken for sinus headaches. (These numbers change each year.) People with migraines will look at these pictures with recognition, as they know how they suffer. I hope migraine patients get some relief from these studies that are being done.