Migraine Smell Aura and Visual Disturbances
When it comes to migraine, smell aura is one of the strangest symptoms I get. Last weekend, I went shopping. When I went to checkout, I was overcome by the smell of gas. I cautiously asked if anyone else smelled gas. I didn’t want to induce chaos from people fleeing the store from a gas leak, but no one else smelled it. No one? How weird! So when I got home and was changing I smelled it again. I then knew it was me and not a store in danger, lucky them.
Aura: Smell and Visual
In fact, I was the one in danger. I am sensitive to smells, sound, light as a someone living with migraine. I have always known that smells are a trigger but never realized that my migraine smell aura is a symptom also. Even with experience and visual migraine aura, I have never thought about the aura smell. I see dots and zig zags prior to a migraine. Smelling gas is a new migraine aura for me. Migraine aura is scary and potentially dangerous. Discuss any migraine aura with your doctor.
The next day, I was hit with a migraine. Everyday I learn something new about myself and migraine. While spreading the word about migraine, I look at myself totally differently. I used to think I was a girl with a weak immune system who never felt well because of it. In reality, a lot, if not all, that I experience has to do with my migraine disease. It’s either symptoms, triggers, side effects from meds or pre and post migraine damage. It’s a life full of lessons and a roller coaster of feelings.
At least I can say I’m learning. Another day, another migraine. Do you smell that?