Many have experienced headaches, and some realize there are a variety of headaches the average person can experience such as sinus or tension, but once a person has had a migraine, they realize it is in a different category. Often with a migraine, a person can experience what they may describe as paranormal experiences, however, that is all part of the migraine experience.
The average symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic staff, normally include sensitivity to light and sound (both are magnified often to unbearable levels), nausea and vomiting. The pain can be so debilitating that the individual may be confined to the bed for hours or days. The University of Maryland Medical System states migraines are believed to be neurovascular. This condition, (including cluster headaches which are more common to men) may be caused by blood vessel and nerve issues. Migraines may be felt on one side of the head or the headache can expand to encompass the entire skull and neck. These headaches are called classic (which come with the aura/sensory experience). Those with no warning aura are called common migraines. It is important to note that the cause of migraines have not been definitively diagnosed which adds to the mystery of this condition. Other types of migraines include menstrual, basilar (neck area), abdominal, opthalmoplegic, retinal, vestibular (where some experience blindness in one eye), familial hemiplegic (which has genetic roots) and status migrainosus (symptoms are so severe, hospitalization may be needed.
Many believe they are experiencing something supernatural because precursors to the migraine may include this aura experience of colors and lights, flashing lights, strange sounds, seeing an aura around people or things, blind spots, tunnel vision or tingling in one or all extremities. Further, these symptoms may continue throughout the headache.
Erin Dean explains a “silent” migraine as a painless but psychologically and physically disturbing experience that adds to paranormal fears. With silent migraines, there is no pain in the head, but the flashing lights can often appear so that the individual’s sight is negatively impacted. It is during a silent migraine that some report seeing “orbs,” “uneven lines, problems with speech and slight physical paralysis that may feel like someone is holding the body or an extremity down and making it difficult to move.
While some sufferers seem to never find a way to avoid the experience, others have found food triggers such as alcohol, chocolate or cheese, beer, caffeine and food additives. Some medication triggers are the contraceptive pill or recreational drugs. Health triggers can be high blood pressure, environmental factors such as dust, rugs, mold and mildew, weather changes, bright lights and smells. Behavioral triggers include sleep deprivation, increased emotional or physical stress, skipping meals, being at a high altitude, travel by train, plane or car, and even exercise.
It is important to note that those who have experienced such a headache of any type should not self-diagnose but immediately see a doctor and neurologist. While many live with these headaches all their lives without any other complications, studies from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the Migraine Trust in Britain show that there may be a connection to stroke. Because the symptoms can also be associated with far worse medical conditions, a diagnosis is essential.
As a paranormal investigator, when a client reports such experiences as above, it is important to know whether the client has been diagnosed and is on medication. If no definitive diagnosis has been made, the investigator should stress an appointment with a medical professional for the safety of the client. Undiagnosed migraine may also skew evidence in the wrong direction, so these are questions in the intake questionnaire that must be asked for the safety of the client and the quality of the investigation itself.
The author had experienced severe migraines several times a month for over thirty years. As she has aged, and with the correct medication, she experiences about one a year for the last ten years. Diagnosis and prevention and treatment can positively change one’s life.
Dean, Erin. They don’t give you a headache, but ‘silent migraines’ can be devastating. Daily Mail (UK) published January 6, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2015 from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/They-dont-headache-silent-migr…
Mayo Clinic Staff. Migraine. Retrieved September 19, 2015 from http://www.mayoclinic.org/…/…/basics/definition/CON-20026358
University of Maryland Medical System. Migraine headaches. Retrieved September 19, 2015 from http://ummidtown.org/…/…/reports/articles/migraine-headaches
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