Auras and Aphasia

I don’t experience visual auras. There is no vision loss or obstructed vision. I don’t get the snowy vision or any other vision problems.

For a long time I felt that my migraines weren’t migraines because I didn’t have this classic migraine symptom. A lot of people need the visual aura for classification of migraine. While my vision becomes a little blurry, I think that has to do more with the extreme pain I’m experiencing, the stress my body is going through and exhaustion.

I didn’t know there were different auras.

I experience aphasia in varying degrees. I use to chalk it up as brain fog and still do on occasion. I experience a verbal aura.

I find myself at a loss for words a lot of the time. I’ll lose words on the tip of my tongue, stopping mid sentence trying to find it again. Other times, I’ll be looking at an object and still unable to name it. It’s not that I didn’t recognize my sister’s cell phone as a phone, it was that my brain didn’t provide the word, it just stopped working.

Before I would stutter and I would joke that my brain was quicker than my mouth, that my mouth couldn’t keep up. It was like a pile up past my lips when I would get going and it would end in a wreck.

Now, I can’t come up with words when my head hurts. They’re just not there.

I have and always will be a story teller…except when I have a headache, when I experience aphasia.


4 thoughts on “Auras and Aphasia

  1. I never thought about the loss of words! I have experienced that before. It feels like your mouth is just stuck, and your lips are moving like a fish out of the water…(very self conscious) at that point.
    My whole right side of my head and neck get involved in the migraine. Severe pain in the neck and the the right eye feels like a tiny man with the biggest boots is pushing your eye out from behind. Causes my eyelid to droop over my eye. Indicator it’s a bad one.
    Thanks for the new word ‘Aphasia’, going to see more about that!


    • It never occurred to me either. I had a hard time in high school justifying my “bad headaches” because they weren’t migraines because I thought one needed the visual auras for it to count. I use to chalk it up as brain fog or even a speech impediment when I would stutter or lose words. It took me even longer to put migraine attacks and aphasia together and then even longer to realize it was my migraine aura.


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