Aura smell with Migraine

Last weekend I went shopping. When I went to checkout I was overcome by the smell of gas.  I cautiously asked around hoping that I didn’t induce chaos from people fleeing the store from a gas leak, but no one else smelled it.  No one?  How weird!  So when I got home and was changing I smelled it again.  I then knew it was me and not a store in danger, lucky them.  In fact, I was the one in danger.  I am sensitive to smells, sound, light etc.   I have always known that smells are a trigger but never realized that it is a symptom also.  The next day I was hit with a migraine and learned something new about myself.  While spreading the word about migraines I now look at myself totally differently.  I used to think I was a girl with a weak immune system who never felt well because of it.  In reality, a lot, if not all, that I experience has to do with my disease.  It’s either symptoms, triggers,  side effects from meds or pre and post migraine damage.   At least I can say I’m learning.   Another day, another migraine.  Do you smell that?

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7 thoughts on “Aura smell with Migraine

  1. Oh I feel for you I have scary auditory hallucinations now as if people are talking to me as well as ghost scents like what you experienced. Along with light sensitivity and a hatred of all strong scents I certainly feel for you and can relate to this article. Short and sweet well written, we all appreciate your story the more people that get their migraine story out there the more successful we can be!

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  2. Thank you for all your insights! It is nice to know there are others who struggle and cope with this disease. I too am triggered by scents as well as many other things. I try and keep reading everything I can to educate myself about different ways to function as well as possible! Chronic migraines are a frustrating and painful way to live! God bless you!

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  3. I can totally relate to your post. I smell a dirty ashtray or dirty socks when I have a migraine coming on. My problem is, I start looking around for the source of the problem thinking that perhaps it is lurking around and I can take care of the problem before it dawns on me that it is my trigger again. My husband sometimes has to remind me – lol. I have a daily chronic headache and have had it for over 14 years and get migraines throughout the month. We are just unique individuals 🙂

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  4. Was standing in line at the Dunkin’ Donuts yesterday (something I rarely do, as I have no patience… but I had promised the hubs some doughnuts for Sunday breakfast!). Anyway, a woman walked in REEKING of perfume. Seriously, on a Sunday morning, at like 8:30 a.m. Really? I was so overcome, I got an instant headache and almost had to leave. Instead, I put my sleeve up across my face and stood there like that — with my arm across my face, breathing into my sleeve, until I got “used to the smell”. Sigh.

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  5. I’ve spent a lot of time reality-testing those olfactory hallucinations, and part of my aura is also smelling things that *are* there as if they were jackhammers. Migraine is … fascinating …

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  6. Yes! This resonates with me. I smell things that are not there and things that are there. I keep peppermint oil with me at all times. When a strong scent begins to bother me, I can put a little peppermint oil on my hand and hold it under my nose. It helps to cancel out perfume type smells really well and can often prevent a migraine.

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