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Sensory Overload Mistaken For Migraines

Before I was diagnosed with Aspergers I had repeatedly over the years gone to the doctor for what I believed were migraines. I was prescribed various medications none of which worked to relieve any of my symptoms which included acute sensitivity to sound and smell.

Bright lights, in fact any lights at all would leave me in agony and the feeling of an attack would begin with nausea, an intense pressure on my eyes and the physical feeling that a clamp had been placed on both temples.

Touch would make me shiver with an intense revulsion so attempts at hugs or stroking my hair would cause me to strike out and be aggressive.

 

But not when I have no choice but to accept them, I am a breastfeeding mother to a little undiagnosed autie daughter who stimm said with my hair waving it back and forth in ground of her face and constantly slaps my chest for priopreceptive feedback to ground herself.

 

The sensory overload I have just had lasted just over 24 hours, it started after a one hour appointment with a speech and language therapist in a room with strip fluorescent lighting.

Intense interaction left me reeling and I got home feeling light headed.

I put the dinner on and the smell left me feeling worse my face now full of pins and needles and a rushing churning in my stomach.

 

I went to lie down in a dark room but still had to watch over the children so had them in with me. The overload peaked when my elder son came in to tell me he was going out and had covered himself in aftershave, or so it seemed.

 

The vomiting then began and the pain of the room spinning around me even when my eyes were shut didn't lessen. It feels as though every nerve in my body is on the outside.

 

A desperate fight to sleep while heaving ensued along with my little daughter meowing gently in the background, she's been a cat for several days which is adorable but not what you wish to hear when even the small red stand by button on the TV is causing you to cry in pain.

 

A day of blinds down screen on darkest settings on all appliances, lights off and sunglasses on has followed. I have managed to eat and rest.

 

My best advice if this sounds like what you experience is a weighted blanket if you can tolerate touch, a cool dark room and no sound.

 

If you’re a parent that may prove impossible.

 


Before I was diagnosed with Aspergers I had repeatedly over the years gone to the doctor for what I believed were migraines. I was prescribed various medications none of which worked to relieve any of my symptoms which included acute sensitivity to sound and smell.

Bright lights, in fact any lights at all would leave me in agony and the feeling of an attack would begin with nausea, an intense pressure on my eyes and the physical feeling that a clamp had been placed on both temples.

Touch would make me shiver with an intense revulsion so attempts at hugs or stroking my hair would cause me to strike out and be aggressive.

 

But not when I have no choice but to accept them, I am a breastfeeding mother to a little undiagnosed autie daughter who stimm said with my hair waving it back and forth in ground of her face and constantly slaps my chest for priopreceptive feedback to ground herself.

 

The sensory overload I have just had lasted just over 24 hours, it started after a one hour appointment with a speech and language therapist in a room with strip fluorescent lighting.

Intense interaction left me reeling and I got home feeling light headed.

I put the dinner on and the smell left me feeling worse my face now full of pins and needles and a rushing churning in my stomach.

 

I went to lie down in a dark room but still had to watch over the children so had them in with me. The overload peaked when my elder son came in to tell me he was going out and had covered himself in aftershave, or so it seemed.

 

The vomiting then began and the pain of the room spinning around me even when my eyes were shut didn't lessen. It feels as though every nerve in my body is on the outside.

 

A desperate fight to sleep while heaving ensued along with my little daughter meowing gently in the background, she's been a cat for several days which is adorable but not what you wish to hear when even the small red stand by button on the TV is causing you to cry in pain.

 

A day of blinds down screen on darkest settings on all appliances, lights off and sunglasses on has followed. I have managed to eat and rest.

 

My best advice if this sounds like what you experience is a weighted blanket if you can tolerate touch, a cool dark room and no sound.

 

If you’re a parent that may prove impossible.

Before I was diagnosed with Aspergers I had repeatedly over the years gone to the doctor for what I believed were migraines. I was prescribed various medications none of which worked to relieve any of my symptoms which included acute sensitivity to sound and smell.

Bright lights, in fact any lights at all would leave me in agony and the feeling of an attack would begin with nausea, an intense pressure on my eyes and the physical feeling that a clamp had been placed on both temples.

Touch would make me shiver with an intense revulsion so attempts at hugs or stroking my hair would cause me to strike out and be aggressive.

 

But not when I have no choice but to accept them, I am a breastfeeding mother to a little undiagnosed autie daughter who stimm said with my hair waving it back and forth in ground of her face and constantly slaps my chest for priopreceptive feedback to ground herself.

 

The sensory overload I have just had lasted just over 24 hours, it started after a one hour appointment with a speech and language therapist in a room with strip fluorescent lighting.

Intense interaction left me reeling and I got home feeling light headed.

I put the dinner on and the smell left me feeling worse my face now full of pins and needles and a rushing churning in my stomach.

 

I went to lie down in a dark room but still had to watch over the children so had them in with me. The overload peaked when my elder son came in to tell me he was going out and had covered himself in aftershave, or so it seemed.

 

The vomiting then began and the pain of the room spinning around me even when my eyes were shut didn't lessen. It feels as though every nerve in my body is on the outside.

 

A desperate fight to sleep while heaving ensued along with my little daughter meowing gently in the background, she's been a cat for several days which is adorable but not what you wish to hear when even the small red stand by button on the TV is causing you to cry in pain.

 

A day of blinds down screen on darkest settings on all appliances, lights off and sunglasses on has followed. I have managed to eat and rest.

 

My best advice if this sounds like what you experience is a weighted blanket if you can tolerate touch, a cool dark room and no sound.

 

If you’re a parent that may prove impossible.