Experiencing motion sickness but already suffering migraines...
I have three medical quirks you might not have noticed before which I found fascinating. These I bring to you from what I've learned from my rheumy/immunologist over the years. I'm not sure what we can actually DO with them, but hey! That's our lives (those with CFIDS/ME/CFS and/or fibromyalgia) on any day with anything, so why start making too much sense now?
And so, on with: Did you know that...
- You can get reptilian/lizard-like skin from fever and swelling? Ha! This is a good observation and tidbit, no? (Yes!) When I got the cellulitis in my hands and left foot, my hands swelled up enormously, with extremely tight skin and tremendous hotness and redness to them. After the high dosage of antibiotics finally kicked in, the swelling, redness and hotness started to come down, but my hands had a very strange texture to them. I kept looking at my hands and thinking, "what the heck is going on here?" (You DO realize that you're getting the cleaned up version of what actually went through said mind?) My hands didn't look chapped, they didn't get a rash and they weren't dehydrated either. They just looked sort of scaly, almost reptilian or lizard-like. (This "reptilian/lizard-like" description is uniquely mine, I believe, not found in medical journals, though there is no doubt about the phenomenon.)
- That itchiness can be associated with a viral illness such as the flu? No one knows why this happens. It's called "pruritis," which is just a fancy word for "itching." There's a spectrum to pruritis as there's a spectrum in almost everything. Some cases are simply due to dry skin but others have more serious causes. It's not an allergy. It's just a non-specific reaction that may be due to a toxin or a virus, but again, no one is exactly sure why this happens. (Oh, we can talk unmyelinated C-fibers, nociceptors, histamines and all sorts of medical theories till we're blue in the face but it all boils down to "No one really knows, folks!" and besides, they are not the point.)
- Children destined to become migraine sufferers have a warning of what is to come later in life by suffering motion sickness accompanied by vomiting. I can vouch for that! I'd give my camp counselors a desperate look and was immediately excused to get out of church QUICK: all it took was barfing a couple of times as a 5 year old and I was set for 13 summers! This is the fate of the migraineur: he/she is sensitive to stimuli, be it to light, sounds and smells, a "state of being" for one who is extremely sensitive to these stimuli, even when without a "headache." This certainly explains a lot of my childhood, though I had migraines even as a very young child. (I know: I'm so wonderfully lucky, aren't I? Excuse me as I keel over!)
And so there you have it. A few little tidbits to mull over in your mind - or not, as you wish, though I'd rather hope something here is of use. In any event, I wish all of you a wonderful weekend, with you feeling your very best, only better. Ciao and paka!