'Mo movies, 'mo migraines
May 9, 2014 8:06 PM Subscribe
I've been having weird episodes where I can't see properly after leaving dark movie theaters. Could this be a migraine?
posted by tooloudinhere to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is probably incredibly obvious (and I'm hoping it is!) but I'm having a hard time describing my symptoms and so thought I would put a call out if this sounds familiar to anyone.
So tonight I went and watched a movie for two hours in a theater. After leaving I immediately felt strange. My eyes weren't able to focus properly--I could SEE, but judging my surroundings was way more difficult than normal. Blurry is a good word. It was a bit dissociative, like I was in my body but I wasn't really IN my body. I also had a headache.
No 'aura' though, no flashing lights, no extra visuals, no debilitating pain.
Things that are obviously related: I clench my jaw. Bad posture that I'm trying to fix. Very sensitive to noise. Sinus issues. I don't take any medication that could be a trigger, and don't drink caffeine. I do eat chocolate and cheese and other migraine-trigger foods.
This has happened multiple times (almost every time I leave a theater, starting from the last couple of years, and after a concert, and a party, ALL AT NIGHT) and it usually goes away within ~30 minutes. It's not horrible, exactly, but it's not great either.
Intellectually I know this is a migraine. I'm hoping a) people with similar migraine symptoms can...talk about that? and b) advice for how to start dealing with this.