This has not happened before...scared me

Hi all. I haven’t posted or updated like I said I would for a long time. It seemed like an Everest sized task trying to get everything straight, outcomes, etc, so I will update everything at some point, just not today.

The incident that had me so unsettled was this: I ride horses. As you can well image, that activity has dropped off significantly in my life since Sept when this all started. I decided not to show my horse this year, but I am still on the committee for our dressage show, which is happening now. There’s been major work and stress getting this show together and making it run smoothly, which has also been stressful due to our horrible non stop rain. ( I’m sure I’m growing gills!). Yesterday I was watching some competitors ride their tests and the I had 2or 3 big spins, and shortly after the tremors started. At that point I knew I had overdone it. I told 2 people that I would call out their tests for them(you read the tests to the rider out loud in front of the crowd and the judge…it helps the rider remember the test). I read the first test to both riders and everything was fine, but when it came time for the second test I sat looking at the paper and couldn’t understand the words. They made no sense. It may as well have been written in Russian. I started to panic for a number of reasons. I didn’t want to ruin the girls’ ride by making a mistake. Fortunately we had a bit of a break, I walked over to a friend a quietly told her what was going on and asked her to read. I then burst into tears and came to my motorhome to lie down. I slept for an hour or so and felt better, but felt " off " for most of the day.

Is this something that has happened to anyone else? I know that I pushed myself too hard the last few days, that’s pretty evident to me, but I’ve never had that happen before. Very disturbing. Other than being very tired, I’m fine today, but the day is very young. Lol!

I think it happens to most of us a lot, unfortunately. Pretty standard migraine occurrence, especially if you’ve been pushing things quite hard. Don’t panic and remind yourself it’s OK to ease off on activities when your migraine threshold is low.


I know it feels really alarming, but I agree with Vic, that this is pretty standard migraine stuff unfortunately. I also know it’s hard to ask for help sometimes, but you need to take good care of yourself and not push yourself too hard as that will only make you worse. It’s good that you had a friend there who could help you out :slight_smile:

Thank you for your words! I’m less freaked about it now, I certainly hope that it doesn’t happen again. If it does, at least I know what’s happening.

I’ve never lost written words, but I have lost the ability to understand verbal words during an aura. Not being able to talk during an aura is really common for me too. Language disturbances of various types is not all that uncommon with migraines, as others have said. Definitely can be scary.

I definitely have trouble putting thoughts together in order to form sentences when I am in the aura phase of a headache. As I said, this was a new one for me. I am stubborn as hell when it comes to this…Not doing myself any favors. I know this is a very stupid question, but it seems that medication is really the only option. I’ve been in denial big time about that.