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Fun with neurological misfires

Given my generally piss-poor sense of smell, I find it really entertaining that one of my standard migraine symptoms is random olfactory hallucinations.

Today, for example? According to my brain, the inside of my nose smells like devil's food cake batter.


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Mar. 10th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Olfactory hallucinations of devil's food cake? That could almost make it worthwhile to have migraines.
Mar. 10th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Unbaked batter, actually. Which is even better.
Mar. 10th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
At least it's a nice smelling hallucination! :)
Mar. 10th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
I'll take the scent of devil's food batter over something else that's brown and drippy any day. ;)

Maybe it's your brain's way of apologizing. "Sorry for the migraine. Here, have some cake!"
Mar. 10th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
mmmm...devil's food cake...
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
...would you believe this was the second post IN A ROW on my flist about scent? It came right after this one.

That seems like a bizarre thing to have your nose smell like.

I'm sorry you're having migraine trouble!
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
How funny! And I figure the chronic sinus troubles in my late teens/early twenties to be the reason I can't smell worth a darn, so it's even more of a coincidence.

Thanks for the sympathy. Fortunately, it only happens two or three times a year, and the pain part at least is pretty responsive to meds. Which just leaves weird smells, prickly skin, and light and sound sensitivity.
Mar. 10th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Well, I hope you stop having the hypersensitivity and pain parts ASAP, and that the smell is nice rather than awful. ;)
Mar. 10th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking that the Best People in the World are the makers of Advil (i.e. the gelcap just kicked in). The makers of Excedrin, Bayer, Tylenol, Motrin, Pamprin and the rest must be pretty darn good people, too. Analgesic manufacturers: serving humanity since willow-bark tea.

Sorry about the migraine! Is today a work-from-home, at least, so you can pull the shades and not drive?

I'm told that my mother had displaced-smell experiences like that. I never heard it was related to migraines, but perhaps she just didn't tell my dad that part -- only the fun parts, like when her brain reported the smell of orange sherbet as the feel of a kiss.
Mar. 11th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, neat! I hear a lot of synaesthesia examples for taste, but not often for smell.

And thankfully, yes, yesterday was indeed a telecommuting day. And much better today. Thank you!
Mar. 10th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
I think smelling cake batter would make my migraine worse! There I am, feeling sorry for myself because I'm in horrendous pain, and there's cake in the air that I can't EAT!
Mar. 11th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* For the most part, smells don't make me want to eat something unless I'm really hungry. And there are some that are better left as smells because the taste is terribly disappointing. Especially coffee -- it smells divine and tastes awful!
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