Is this your headache?

A collection of paintings first published in Oliver Sacks' Migraine; an attempt to represent the visual effects experienced by patients during the migraine aura. It would be interesting to see what people who have migraines make of these.

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About purplesque

Psychiatrist, cook, bookworm, photographer. Not necessarily in that order.
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11 Responses to Is this your headache?

  1. Lakshmi says:

    That is SOOO me. Except, there is a lot more blood-red thrown in.

  2. Purplesque says:

    Interesting..they said the pictures were meant to be more literal than symbolic, but I thought the reverse was more likely.

  3. LeendaDLL says:

    interesting diversity of images (the one with the pleasant countryside on the right surprised me; as did the fuzzy knight on a horse). the others all seemed like things that made sense as literal experiences (not that i suffer migraines).i thought it was interesting that 9 & 10 both featured "time portal" time images in the middle.

  4. Purplesque says:

    You're right..those two pictures struck me as more symbolic than literal. I hadn't noticed the time portals until you pointed them out..interesting!

  5. Oh, gosh — migraines for 30 years– not so much now (hormones; bah!) — I enjoyed those representations you linked to — some of them are VERY CLOSE to what I would have drawn — I did draw a cartoon months ago of one of mine– will look around for it and give you the link. Migraines are [ *insert appropriate nasty adjectives* ]!!!!

  6. Here's the cartoon. I hope the link works; having link problems lately. I like the ones you posted better, though — esp a couple of the very BRIGHT ones — flames of pain. Gah. Here's to a headache-free day for everyone!!!

  7. Purplesque says:

    Love your cartoon! I like it that you don't mess around..brilliant colors and great effect! Good to know your migraines are better, from what I've seen they can be really really nasty.

  8. Nyght says:

    Those are so accurate to the feelings of helplessness a migraine induces.
    I had fairly regular ones for years but interestingly fertility drugs seemed to reduce them and during my pregnancy I was completely migraine-free. In the 2 years since G was born, I've only had a couple which is a godsend since I can't take to my bed like I used to!
    Migraines are horrible and evil; I can't tell you how many times I have contemplated suicide during particularly bad episodes (thank goodness I was too sick to do anything about it!).

  9. Purplesque says:

    Eww..that sounds awful! I've heard about pregnancies helping with migraines, now that you mention it..that is another blessing, I guess, along with the beautiful skin and hair. :)Suicide..well, I'm glad your migraines are less frequent now..they must be terribly painful! Do medicines help at all?

  10. Nyght says:

    My mom used to have to take pain shots for her migraines, but I have a problem with anything narcotic (all legal – I have never tried the illegal kind!). They make me horribly, horribly sick – I can't even take cough syrup with codeine in it. The best cocktail I have found is ibuprofen and Dramamine – the Dramamine decreases the nausea and makes me sleepy and usually I am better the next day.
    Yes, I miss the hair growth during pregnancy! Mine was so thick and grew so fast! I hated the mass shedding after delivery, though – it forced me to cut it all off and I want it back. 😦

  11. Purplesque says:

    Getting sick and then getting sicker on medicine..not fun. I'm glad you no longer have migraines as often.Ah, the estrogen hair. Its beautiful, isn't it? 🙂

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