Aura is a simple tale of romance and…migraines? Find out what happens when Gwen and Noal realize they are both able to perceive the same migraine aura. The results might just turn out to be magical!
I realize a lot of you have no idea what a migraine is, so I thought I’d put a brief explanation of migraines here to enlighten you, but please keep in mind I am no doctor, so if you want a real in depth description you should visit the Mayo Clinic site, or the National Library of Medicine, which I will post links to below.
First of all there are a few different types of migraines. The one most people think about are the painful ones that leave the sufferer to lie in the dark in total silence for hours until it subsides. The pain of migraine however is treatable with prescription medicine. Probably one of the most common migraines medicines to take when you have pain is “Imitrex”. Painful migraines are often accompanied with sensitivity to light and/or sound, and sometimes produce nausea and other ill effects.
Often migraines can come on without much warning, however for some people, they may get a sort of warning signal from their body letting them know that a migraine is on it’s way. The most common sign that some people get that alerts them to migraine is what’s called “aura”. Aura is basically a visual disturbance of some kind that precedes a migraine and lasts for around 15-20 minutes or so. This aura can take on many different forms, from flashing lights and rainbows, to zigzag lines and even complete darkness.
This brings me to the next form of migraine, which is talked about in this comic, and that is an ocular migraine. These migraines are basically the aura only. The aura will come on, you will see all sorts of weird visual phenomena until it fades away, BUT there will be no painful migraine at the end. The thing about ocular migraines and aura are though, that they are not treatable. There is really nothing you can do for the aura alone, you just have to suffer through it. I will say though that after you’ve had a few of these, you start to get used to it and learn to ignore it and move on.
There are a couple other types of migraines I have left out, but they don’t really come up in this comic, so I don’t feel it’s necessary to explain them. If you would like to know more about migraines from a reliable source, you can visit these two sites below:
Be careful with sites like WebMD though, often those kinds of places have a lot of people talking about different disorders and it’s easy to get yourself into a panic thinking you have some untreatable disorder. I’ve found that the Mayo Clinic and the Library of Medicine are probably the best, no fuss no muss sites that offer non panic inducing information. ^^;;
This comic draws inspiration from real migraine headaches that me or my friends have suffered from, but many elements are entirely fantastical. I would urge you that if you suddenly develop migraines or have any changes in your own headache patterns, you should definitely seek medical advice!! This comic is not intended in any fashion to give medical advice, and I will always stress the importance of seeing a doctor! I am but just a simple comic artist and the best I can offer is a little camaraderie to fellow sufferers.
I’m just a Midwestern comic artist who lives a fairly uneventful life. Like my characters in the comic, I also suffer from migraines, both the painful ones and those that bring aura. (TAT) When I’m not busy with comic work or down with a migraine I like to spend time enjoying nature, cooking, or playing with my pets, among many other things.
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