Friday, July 23, 2004

The Migraine Trip - Pain spirals

Every month just about when the humidity reaches its very peak, I retreat into my migraine shell, for a minimum of 2 days. Initially these aches came with impeccable regularity, but now, it comes and goes as it pleases. The funny thing is that it has gradually become an almost spiritual experience. I was initially advised to anticipate these headaches and pop the magic drug and the waves of pain would ebb and finally fade away. However, the onset is as gentle and elusive as a gazelle's gait and it's crescendo is as fast as a tumbling avalanche...

Anyway, the experience of it has metamorphosed into a tolerence test gradually transporting the mind into a different realm. Well, a little personal research into the pain threw light on the subtle fact that this pain infact has several concentric layers of descending pain waves. What this means is, the pain actually seems to have a core of no-pain. But to travel to this center is a himalayan task, one that requires practice and patience. I have realized that the minute I pop in one of those analgesics my power to descend into this core disappears completely and I am just numbed to the pricks of the migraine. The good news is pain killers do work. The bad news is, you get used to them, and demand a more powerful numbing agent the next time around.

Well, after a year of drugging myself with painkillers, I simply grew out of faith that they could provide any kind of a long-time cure. So, I decided to fight it out, rather than numb myself to the venomous pangs of each attack. Ofcourse, sometimes it is excruciating, with even a ray of light aggravating the pain. But most surprisingly, I began to notice that the pain infact was a beautifully constructed "spiral". These concentric rings of pain spirals ultimately lead to its own cure; in other words a tranquil area of painlessness....This is almost like possessing a continuum...one end of which is enormous pain and the other end is that of peace and freedom from pain..not only the feeling of pain, but of pain itself.

I have made several attempts to climb the magic spiral and to my greatest delight, have succeded once or twice, but dont take too long to slide down the spiral into the quicksand of pain. Some trip...!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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October 4, 2005 at 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Migraines for me started in 5th grade and went on for 40 years, at least once a month, at the worst twice a week which does not leave very much time to exist pain free. Then I found a cure which has worked for me and many others. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of wakami seaweed at the earliest signs of migraine onset. Twenty to thirty minutes later and you should notice relief washing thru your entire body. I have not had one migraine get full blown for the past nine years. Try it.

December 25, 2005 at 3:45 PM  

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