migraines, the jersey devil, and me

I love monster-hunting shows. I know the monster hunters will never find a monster, and I don’t believe in monsters, and that’s why I like the shows. If I thought they would find a monster I would be too scared to watch.

Anyway, I am sitting in my living room one night watching a monster-hunting show. They are searching for the Jersey Devil. I do not believe in the Jersey Devil, but I am scared of it anyway. My family is not at home. I am all alone. A couple of times I become aware that there is an awful lot of barking up and down my street. I ignore it.

Then my dog, who is asleep in the living room, raises up his head and growls. I put the TV on mute and listen carefully. I still hear nearby dogs barking, and now the dog next door is barking also. I get up, open the front door cautiously, and try to get my dog to go outside. He won’t go.

I shut the door, lock it, and go around my house peering out windows and making sure everything is shut and locked. I see nothing unusual anywhere so I go back to my program about the Jersey Devil. Things seem to calm down outside for a while.

Then I hear a metallic rolling and clanking noise, and my neighbor’s dog goes crazy with barking. I remember that my neighbor has a bunch of pipes stacked up against his side of the fence. I put the TV on mute again and listen some more. Eventually the dog stops barking, and my own dog is pretending to be asleep. I wonder if I should go out into my backyard and investigate, but this seems unwise. I go back to my program.

A family on the show is recreating the night the Jersey Devil tried to get them. They had foolishly gone into their backyard at night, and of course the Jersey Devil was waiting for them in a tree. They ran for their house, and had almost reached the back door when the monster swooped down from the tree and. . .

My electricity goes out.

I am all alone in the dark.

My first thought is: my electrical box is directly over the fence from the pile of pipes in my neighbor’s yard. Did somebody climb up the pipe pile, over the fence into my yard, and turn off my electricity?

My next thought is: get up and see if everybody’s lights are out. But I can’t get myself to leave my chair. And while I am sitting frozen to my recliner in terror, the rational, migraine-observing part of my brain notices that my left temple and the side of my neck are suddenly throbbing with pain. Hmmm. Interesting.

Eventually I managed to pry myself out of the chair and saw that the entire street was dark. A few minutes later the lights came back on. I watched enough of the rest of the program to discover that the Jersey Devil that chased the family through the night was probably a great horned owl. So far as I know there were no owls involved in my electricity outage. But I can’t be sure.

The left side of my head hurt for the rest of the evening, but in the morning I was fine.

My question is: Is fear a migraine trigger?

I am not willing to experiment on myself further to find out.

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7 Comments on “migraines, the jersey devil, and me”

  1. baldsue Says:

    Yes. Fear makes my headache worse.

  2. Emily Says:

    Wouldn’t be tempting the Jersey Devil meself! That’s one trigger I don’t think I want to experience!

    Anxiety and fear are probably closely related. Does anxiety make your headaches worse?

  3. Teri Says:

    I had a recent “is someone in the house” event and sure enough… migraine. here’s my theory and I’m not a doctor and don’t play one on TV… the adrenaline burst caused an excessive release of insulin that makes your blood sugar drop. This hypoglycemic state can trigger a migraine. So things like stress, fear, anger, anxiety, etc. can all trigger migraines. I take something daily to keep my anxiety levels down just for this reason. It doesn’t always work… i.e. when you think Freddie Kruger is in your house… but it does keep me even keeled so the stress levels stay down.

    • Myth Says:

      I would say fear can trigger a migraine. Anything that would get your heart thumping would make a migraine worse. I startle easily and I was once startled into a migraine. Like you I like those shows. In particulat Ghost Hunters and one night I was watching a freaky one and just freaked myself out. Thing is, I already had a mild migraine with an impressive, sparkly aura and then I was seeing things that were not there at the corner of my eyes and scaring the crap out of myself. Obviously, I would not make a good ghost hunter when I would not be able to tell a ghost from a neuroligical glitch when i needed to.

  4. Christy Says:

    A while back I had been seeing little wispy smoke or ghost-like things out of the corner of my eye all day long. Then in the middle of a community radio show I was doing I saw a wisp coming out of a cd player at the exact moment the player stopped working. I was in a panic for a moment because I didn’t know whether it was real smoke (the station’s on fire!), migraine aura, or actual ghost messing with the machine. Then the player started working again so it didn’t matter.

    We need our own TV show: Migraine Hunters! Or, no, maybe not. I already found one and I don’t want it anymore.

  5. Debbie Says:

    Maybe a show called Migraine busters you know like ghost busters!!!

    You really freaked me out. I’m sure the adrenaline rush from fear is not good for migraineurs!!!

    Glad to have found you.

  6. Jessica Says:

    fear is the no1 enemy! I believe that time with friends, family, community and pets helps.


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